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Archives for January 2014

Library/Publisher Collaboration: Greater Western Library Alliance, Texas Tech, U. of Hawaii, and Springer Partner on eBook ILL Pilot

From GWLA: The Occam’s Reader Project – comprised of Texas Tech University, the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) – and Springer have entered into an agreement to run a pilot program [a one-year project] with GWLA’s 33 members, focused on eBook interlibrary loans (ILL). [Our emphasis] This is […]

OCLC Introduces WorldCat Discovery Services

OCLC on January 22 announced WorldCat Discovery Services (WDS), a suite of cloud-based applications that combines FirstSearch and WorldCat Local. Beginning in March, the suite will offer FirstSearch subscribers access to a central index that represents nearly 2,000 e-content collections containing articles, ebooks, and other content from providers including EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest. In total, WDS will enable the discovery of 1.3 billion electronic, digital, and physical resources in libraries around the world, using a single search.

Raising our Voices | Peer to Peer Review

At the next Library Technology Conference in the Twin Cities in March, there won’t be one session on privacy-protecting measures for library computers—there will be two. These aren’t the only sessions of their type I’ve seen advertised lately. I’m delighted to see information professionals stepping up to teach each other how best to protect ourselves and our patrons from unwarranted invasion of privacy by digital means. As it happens, another prime opportunity to register opposition to digital invasion of privacy will arrive on February 11. Several of the best advocacy organizations in the tech industry are joining forces with prominent websites and anyone else going their way for The Day We Fight Back.

SF Chronicle: UC Berkeley Libraries Saved With Influx of Cash

Updated January 30, 2014 Campus officials announce $4.6 million of additional funding for library (via The Daily Californian Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer announced $4.6 million in additional campus funding for the library — which includes Doe and Moffitt Libraries, as well as all subject specialty, affiliated and stand-alone campus libraries — in […]

New York City: Comptroller Scott Stringer To Audit NYC’s Three Library Systems (Roundup)

From CBS News York: New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer‘s office is auditing the Big Apple’s three library systems after a newspaper report suggested the Queens system might have been wasteful with taxpayer dollars. According to the New York Daily News, Thomas Galante, president of the Queens Borough Public Library, spent $140,000 last year to […]

Lemony Snicket Sponsors Prize for Librarians Facing Adversity

ALA has approved the new Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity, proposed and funded by the “Series of Unfortunate Events” author himself, Daniel Handler.

Mold Damages About 600,000 Books at U. of Missouri Libraries Off-Campus Storage Facility

From the Columbia Daily Tribune: University of Missouri Libraries officials face tough choices as they consider what to do with 600,000 mold-covered books at an off-campus storage facility. The volumes are stored at Subtera, an underground storage facility off Stadium Boulevard in north Columbia. Jim Cogswell, director of MU Libraries, said library staff discovered the […]

Thinking Your Way to a More “Leaderly” Presence | Leading from the Library

New research suggests that you may be able to think your way to being more “leaderly” by changing your how you think about yourself.

Best Small Library in America 2014: Pine River Library, CO

“Lots of libraries are there for the community, but here in Bayfield, the community built the library,” says Amy Dodson, director of the Pine River Library (PRL), CO, selected as LJ’s Best Small Library in America, 2014, cosponsored by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and recipient of the award’s accompanying $20,000 prize. Hired by the PRL trustees in May 2013, Dodson was awed by not only the support for PRL in the very diverse Bayfield community but also the community’s willingness to donate hours of volunteer work as well as lots of important gifts in kind and then vote the funds to pay for a strong staff and an experienced and innovative director.

Hearing: Maryland State Reps Set to Discuss Recently Introduced Ebook/Library Pricing Legislation

A hearing to discuss a recently introduced bill in the Maryland General Assembly about ebook pricing in libraries is scheduled to take place in Annapolis tomorrow (January 29, 2014). The bill, HB 244, was introduced on Jan. 17th and summarized this way: Requiring a person who offers to license or sell an electronic book to consumers in […]