November 22, 2017

Archives for July 2011

OCLC App Makes Connections

OCLC announced a clever new prototype online app yesterday called the WorldCat Identities Network, which creates a visual web connecting people, fictional characters, or corporations in the WorldCat Identities database. The project, led by OCLC Research user interface designer JD Shipengrover, uses the WorldCat Search API to help create the maps, which can be used […]

Texas Governor Signs Budget Cutting State Funding for Library Services by 88 Percent

The new state biennial budget (FY 2012-13) in Texas, signed Tuesday by Governor Rick Perry, will reduce state funding for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by 64 percent and will cut state funding for the agency’s library programs by 88 percent. According to figures provided by the state library, the overall state library […]

Mad as Hell at Higher Education | From the Bell Tower

Do you think that $180,000 is an outrageously high salary for the president of a community college? Given what we know about the salaries of deans at ARL libraries, it doesn’t seem all the outrageous to me. What if you threw in a few perks? It still doesn’t seem so terrible for what must be a fairly complicated job with a large degree of responsibility, lots of headaches, and long hours. Given the many challenges of higher education these days, from accountability to funding emergencies, it must be both complex and stressful.

Inside the Shadow Factory | Peer to Peer Review

Photo by Debora Miller When Aaron Swartz, an open information activist, was indicted by federal prosecutors for downloading as much of JSTOR as he could using a laptop computer wired into MIT’s servers (and of course without authorization from JSTOR or MIT), people’s responses stake out the extreme opposites of approaches to accessing research in […]

Making Your Space Embody Your Brand

I’ve worked at Columbus Metropolitan Library for nearly seven years. In all that time our renovations have been small and minor. No new buildings; no major overhauls. Now the time has changed. With passage of our levy and a new strategic plan, we are thoughtfully considering how our space defines our brand as we look […]

A Road Trip To Envy + Insight Into U.S. Public Libraries

Photographer Robert Dawson is approaching the tail end of a journey anyone bit by the library bug would envy. With his son, Walker, he’s driving across the country, just slowly enough to stop and document many public libraries along the way (with a kickstarter campaign to help pay the way). This trip is the culmination of […]

EBSCO Publishing Integrates 300K Ebooks and Audiobooks Into EBSCOhost

Yesterday EBSCO Publishing announced that its collection of more than 300,000 ebook and audiobook titles were now available via EBSCOhost. All are former titles of NetLibrary, which EBSCO acquired from OCLC in March 2010. In the announcement, the company said that it would be unveiling new acquisition models—including short-term leases, subscriptions, and expanded patron-driven acquisition […]

Using Data to Show/Tell Your Story

You know the old adage: a picture’s worth a thousand words. In today’s world sometimes the best picture isn’t a picture, but a number. We all have access to numbers — circulation, visits, program attendance, cardholders — but how are we telling our story with those numbers? Please don’t let it be through a boring […]

Monday Service Restored at Los Angeles Libraries

The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) announced this week that it has restored Monday hours to its Central Library and all of its 72 branches—hours that had been cut due to budget rollbacks last year. In a press release, LAPL stated that funds for the restoration had been made available due to voter approval of […]

Epiphanies from the White House Twitter Town Hall: the Power in the Palm of Our Hand

In a guest post, Alexia Hudson describes how she got invited to participate in the Tweet Up and the lessons she left with:

There aren’t many life experiences more exciting, surreal, and transformative than being an invited guest into the White House. Even more incredible than receiving the invitation, however, is the one small thing that led me to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on July 6.