December 1, 2021

Majority of Funding Restored for New York City Public Library as City Budget Approved

From the New York Public Library: The New York City budget for Fiscal Year 2013 was approved on Thursday, June 28. The City’s three library systems will receive an $89.5 million restoration to the $96 million cut proposed to libraries. The adopted city budget restores $39.6 million of the $42.6 million proposed cut to The […]

Alabama: Mobile Public Library Says No to “Fifty Shades of Grey”

From Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James has stormed the nation. It’s one of the most popular books out there but you won’t find it at libraries in Mobile. [Clip] Amber Guy with the Mobile Public Library said they will not be ordering the book. “Fifty Shades of Grey doesn’t fit our selection […]

Oregon: Multnomah County Library Will Be Closed on Mondays, County Board Schedules “Listening” Sessions

Last Monday (June 25th) was the last Monday the award-winning Multnomah County Library (Portland, OR) was open and available to library users . Beginning July 1st the library will be closed on Mondays. Hours on other days are also changing. This page shows the changes by branch. From The Portland Tribune: The tax levy we […]

California’s Califa Consortium Expanding eBook Project, Content and Publishing Tools from Smashwords in the Works

From an Article by Library Journal Exec. Editor (News and Features, Michael Kelley): The San Mateo-based Califa Group, which is the largest library network in California, has made major strides in its project to create an ebook ownership model along the same lines as the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado. Califa has substantially increased its […]

Takoma Park, MD Library Technology Purchase Sparks City’s Nuclear Free Policy

Note: Takoma Park, MD borders the District of Columbia and Silver Spring, MD. From WJLA-TV: The purchase of upgraded computers for Takoma Park Library has sparked a debate about the community’s nuclear-free policy. About 130 communities nationwide have such an ordinance. But, Takoma Park is considered one of the most restrictive. Ellen Arnold-Robbins, the Takoma […]

Canadian Library and Publisher Groups Release RFI Seeking Partners to Develop Canadian-Made Solution To Improve eBook Access in Libraries

This RFI (request for information) was first posted on June 5th by eBOUND Canada and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council. From the CULC: “CULC/CBUC has been involved in a constructive collaboration for over 18 months with members of the broad Canadian publishing community, and we feel that the time is right to seek a Canadian-made […]

24 Hour Library Facility Proposed in Sydney, Australia

From a Commentary by Tim Blair: Libraries aren’t often in the news these days. This situation was partially rectified last week by the City of Sydney council’s latest “draft strategy and action plan”, which includes a proposal for Australia’s first 24-hour library. “Being able to borrow a library book after work would be an […]

Newspaper Editorial: Albany, GA: “Libraries Still Have Relevancy”

From an Editorial in The Albany Herald: Citing cuts to the Dougherty library system’s budget for the Fiscal year 2013, which starts July 1, the trustees have decided to close the Southside branch on Habersham Road off Oakridge Drive and the Westtown branch on Waddell Avenue. The two branches will be shuttered on June 30 […]

Pilot Project: New Chicago High School Will House Public Library

From the AP: When the Wall-to-Wall International Baccalaureate School opens in 2013, it will house a full-service library that’ll be open to both students and members of the Back of the Yards community. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the new facility will become an anchor in a neighborhood that has been without a library for a […]

Research Article: “The Human Right to a Public Library” (Preprint)

Title The Human Right to a Public Library Author Kay Mathiesen, Assistant Professor School of Information Resources and Library Science University of Arizona Source SSRN Forthcoming in: Journal of Information Ethics Abstract As a result of the global economic turndown, many local and national governments are disinvesting in public libraries. This paper proposes that governments […]