November 19, 2017

Archives for September 2013

Change of Plans at OverDrive: You CAN Now Download Penguin Ebooks Wirelessly to Kindle Devices, “Get For Kindle” Now Available

That was fast. If you’re spending time brushing up on your Kindle side-loading skills so you’ll be able to teach library users about how to get Penguin ebooks onto their Kindle devices YOU CAN STOP and relax. Whatever the reason or reasons for OverDrive announcing yesterday that Penguin titles wouldn’t be available for wireless download […]

Public Library News Roundup (20 Stories from 15 States and British Columbia)

Here’s our latest public library news roundup with reports from 15 states and British Columbia (we’re now going to include items from Canada). All of these items were posted in the past week. Finally, before the roundup begins we also posted a makerspace/library news roundup the other day. It contains four stories and is available […]

Delivering the Library

Bookmobiles, like the library systems they serve, have been in a state of transformation for quite some time. As with libraries in general, public perception sometimes lingers on the nostalgic past, while in fact today’s bookmobile services are focused firmly on the future.

Popular Romance Project Connects Readers, Writers, Scholars, and Libraries

In some ways, romance novels are the dirty little secret of the literary world. Largely ignored by mainstream critics, regularly maligned by academics, and sometimes hidden away even by their readers, romances are nevertheless responsible for as much as 50 percent of annual mass market paperback sales in the U.S.. Now, the organizers of the Popular Romance Project (PRP) are trying to rewrite the narrative, bringing romance to the attention of those who might not already pay attention to the genre by showcasing its diversity and depth and the community of authors and fans that drive its enduring popularity.

Helen Gurley Brown Trust Gives NYPL $15 Million for New At-Risk Youth Program

The Helen Gurley Brown Trust has given $15 million to the New York Public Library to establish NYPL BridgeUp, a new educational and anti-poverty program that will provide academic and social support to New York City youth. The effort aims to support at-risk youth and prepare them for success in life.

A Tale of Two Libraries | Reinventing Libraries

This is part two of LJ’s series of excerpts from Library 2020: Today’s Leading Visionaries Describe Tomorrow’s Library (Scarecrow), edited by Joseph Janes. The essays are reprinted as part of the run-up to LJ’s virtual event, The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries, to be held on October 16. From Joseph Janes, editor of Library 2020: I […]

What’s Counted and What Counts | Peer to Peer Review

Driven by the demands for assessment and presumably the need for statistics to prove our worth, there’s a tendency to link the importance and appreciation of the library to individual interactions with librarians. Students come to reference desks, chat us up, meet in our offices, each one counted, each one destined to be a tick mark in a spreadsheet somewhere proving how useful we are. That might be why librarians occasionally bemoan lower transaction statistics or the lack of students lined up at the reference desk. Fewer reference questions could mean the students need us less. For a lot of assessment, if it can’t be counted, it doesn’t count.

IMLS Awards More than $14.6 Million in Federal Grants to U.S. Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants for 42 library projects totaling $14,670,66. Recipients in 27 states and the District of Columbia received funding, including the American Library Association, which will research the efficacy of early literacy programs; Westport (CT) Library, which hopes to create a new model for maker spaces; and the Chicago Board of Education, which plans to improve school librarians’ use of mobile technologies.

Students and Adjuncts | Blatant Berry

At first, I was offended when Gretchen Whitney recently posted to the JESSE list, which she moderates, a simplistic estimation of the differences between the teaching of part-time faculty and adjuncts and that of tenured and full-time faculty in LIS programs. I took her comments personally, I suppose, because I have been a part-time and adjunct faculty member at more than a half dozen LIS programs for more than 50 years.

EdLiNC Calls on FCC to Double E-Rate Funding

The Education Library Networks Coalition—which includes the American Library Association and the International Society for Technology in Education—is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to double the funding for E-rate, according to EdLiNC’s co-chair Jon Bernstein. The coalition also asks that the E-rate program offer more “scalable” goals for local entities, with limited national mandates.