September 21, 2021

Public Libraries: “Citing Patrons’ Right to Read, Massachusetts Libraries Offer ‘Fifty’ Trilogy

From The Boston Globe: Unlike a smattering of libraries in other states, Massachusetts libraries seem to have no objection to stocking the much talked-about “Fifty Shades” trilogy, but enthusiasm for the novels among library staff is far from unanimous. [Clip] “People are excited because it’s a phenomenon right now,” said Carol Jankowski, director of the […]

Massachusetts Awards Statewide Online Database Contracts to Three Vendors

From the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS): The MBLC [has] awarded contracts to Gale Cengage, Inc., ProQuest, Inc. and Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. for statewide online magazine, newspaper, e-reference and encyclopedia databases to begin on July 1, 2012. [Clip] Among the resources are 22 periodical, biographical, e-reference and news […]

Books Stolen From Cape Cod Libraries Spotted For Sale on eBay

From the Cape Cod Times: Librarians across the Cape are checking their book collections after a Hyannis man was allegedly caught stealing books last week at Brooks Free Library. Arthur Souza, 52, was charged with larceny of library materials valued at more than $250, but police and librarians believe he has stolen from at least […]

Access to Information: Mass. Court OKs Live, Unedited Court Proceedings

From WBUR (Boston): The highest court in Massachusetts has rejected two challenges to a pilot project that continuously streams live, unedited court proceedings from one of the busiest courtrooms in Massachusetts. The OpenCourt project, run by WBUR, began in May with cameras recording and streaming live over the Internet from Quincy District Court. Direct to […]

Boston Public Library To Manage Manage New State-Wide Digital Library

From the Back Bay Patch: State Representatives Marty Walz and Byron Rushing announce a new state-funded initiative for Boston Public Library that will expand library resources across the Commonwealth and provide additional state funding for Boston’s library system. [Clip] BPL will develop and maintain the Library for the Commonwealth, a statewide digital library.  It is […]

Boston Public Library Assisting With Area Digitization Projects

From the Boston Globe: The digitization of 50 editions (1960-2009) of The Torch [East Bridgewater High School] was made possible with a $100,000 federal grant awarded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to the Boston Public Library, to help provide broad access to records and documents of cultural institutions across the state by making […]

Massachusetts: Attorney General Launches Open Meeting Law Determination Lookup Database

From the Massachusetts AG’s Office: In an effort to provide greater transparency and access to the office’s decisions, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today that all of the Division of Open Government’s Open Meeting Law (OML) determinations will now be available through an interactive online database. The Open Meeting Law Determination Lookup is a new […]