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Archives for May 2011

Patriot Act Extended for Four Years With No Change to ‘Library Records Provision’

After months of debate and delay, Congress passed a four-year extension of the Patriot Act on Thursday, and President Obama signed the bill into law just minutes before a midnight deadline. The extension leaves unchanged Section 215 (also known as the “library records provision”), which has always been a serious concern to the library community. […]

Google Posts Statistics About Ebook Service

Abe Murray, a product manager at Google, has reported some interesting numbers about Google eBooks, which was launched about six months ago. According to Murray: There are now more than three million free Google eBooks available in the U.S.,  compared to more than two million at launch. At launch, there were just over 100 independent […]

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries 05/26/11

Jinny Baeckler is retiring from her position of Director, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ, after 20 years of service. Michael Bell and Katie Clark will serve as Interim Co-Deans, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, NY; their terms begin July 1. They replace Susan Gibbons, Vice Provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean, who […]

2011 Library of the Year: King County Library System, WA | The People’s Library

By John N. Berry III, June 7, 2011 The words “Open to all” permeate this library’s strategic plan INTEGRATED INTO THE FABRIC OF COMMUNITY Top row, l.-r.: The jaunty Sammamish Library, one of LJ‘s New Landmark Libraries, anchors a new city center; the Snoqualmie branch bustles. Second row, l.-r.: KCLS’s robust building program has produced many […]

QR Codes: Steal This Idea!

You’re getting the idea about QR codes, right? They are those matrix barcodes that you can read with your smart phone for more information or messages. I’ve begun to use them in a variety of ways, but here’s an idea I love. Delaware (Ohio) District County Library just opened a new branch, called their Orange Branch, […]

IDPF Digital Book 2011: The Internet Archive's Potential "Library Option"

During a late panel on Monday, part of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) Digital Book 2011 conference held alongside BookExpo America, Peter Brantley of the Internet Archive (IA) spoke about the organization’s Open Library project—and a potential future “Library Option” that could provide a model for publishers to make ebooks more easily lendable. The […]

Colorado Publishers Association, Douglas County Libraries Make Ebook Model Official

The Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the Douglas County Libraries have signed an agreement by which the association will sell ebooks to the library and the library will house the files on their own servers and be responsible for digital rights management. The program was first announced in March (see LJ‘s full coverage here), […]

A Point-Counterpoint on the Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America initiative, led by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, has been gaining steam and has elicited a lively debate on the DPLA’s discussion listserv about how any such institution should be constituted. David H. Rothman, cofounder of LibraryCity.org and founder of TeleRead, has been advocating […]

Detroit Public Library Admits Mistake, Branches Closures Put on Hold

The Detroit Public Library has stepped back from its doomsday scenarios, saying now that it will not close any branches or lay off any more employees. According to The Detroit News, the library commission withdrew on May 20 a recommendation to close up to 18 of 23 branches and layoff 191 of 376 workers after […]

Library Construction Update: New and Renovated Buildings, 05/19/11

Big doings in Denver with the opening on March 12 of the new Green Valley Ranch (GVR) Branch of Denver Public Library (DPL). Designed by Humphries Poli Architects and built by Alliance Construction Services, the 26,000 square foot, $11.4 million facility is the first of three DPL branch projects to be funded through the 2007 […]