November 25, 2017

Archives for February 2014

Severn House: 40 Years of Selling to Libraries | PubCrawl

Edwin Buckhalter, whose UK-based Severn House Publishers turned 40 this year, forged his library connection long before he had any idea of publishing primarily for the library market. His father was a bookseller, and their South London shop housed a “mini-library division” that supplied books to libraries.

Mayor Wants Miami-Dade Libraries to Become More Efficient to Receive More Funding

From the Miami Herald: With Miami-Dade libraries facing a budget crisis, Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Friday called for the system to trim spending more than the 25 percent cut sustained in the last four years. “I don’t think we’re as efficient as we could be,’’ Gimenez told members of a task force he appointed to […]

Roundup: Queens Public Library/Thomas Galante Story Continues, Board Votes to End His $2 Million Golden Parachute

It was a busy week for the The Queens Public Library/Thomas Galante story. Here’s a roundup. Links to our earlier coverage of the story are at the bottom of this post. Wednesday It was reported that the Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz, wrote a letter to the Queens Library Board asking them to end Galante’s $2 […]

From Superheroes to Vampires: The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2014

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, 2:00-3:00 PM ET Join us for an exclusive sneak peek at some of the great graphic novels hitting the shelves over the next few months, plus hear tips on how to share the exciting world of graphic novels with your patrons. Get the insider’s view from DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Del Rey, Archie Comics, Kodansha and more. There’s something for everyone; find out more about a certain superhero’s 75th birthday party and just what the heck is happening in Riverdale. Are vampires really killing off our favorite teens? Archive now available!

Finalists Announced for Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

The Los Angeles Times announced finalists in ten categories for the 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, to be awarded April 11 at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium. The awards ceremony serves as a precursor to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (April 12–13), now in its 19th year and its […]

U.K. Libraries Offer Free Article Access to Walk-Ins

Public libraries in the United Kingdom are set to play a role in expanding public access to academic research via the recently announced “Access to Research” plan. Thousands of research journal articles will be made available for free: but only on computers located physically within a public library, not remotely.

Reaching All Users | Office Hours

A recent study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities, includes this finding: “Some 90 percent of Americans ages 16 and older said that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community, with 63 percent saying it would have a ‘major’ impact.” What’s intriguing is that only 29 percent reported that it would have a major impact on the respondent and respondent’s family. In other words, 90 percent of folks do not want the library to close, but many fewer would feel the negative consequences.

An Open Letter to Miss Petersen | Peer to Peer Review

The becomingly modest thing to say would be “you probably don’t remember me,” but in fact I think there’s a good chance you do. In the early 1970s, when I was between the ages of seven and eleven or so, I was a regular visitor to the children’s room located in the basement of the Dallin Branch of Robbins Library in Arlington, MA, where you were the children’s librarian. I want to take this chance to thank you publicly for your kindness, your patience, and your help. You significantly shaped my idea of what a librarian should be like, and I will always remember you and be grateful.

Science Enters Open Access Arena with Science Advances

One of the biggest names in scholarly publishing announced it was entering the open access ecosystem on February 14, as the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced that it would launch Science Advances, an online only, open access journal covering the same broad range of research topics addressed by the AAAS flagship journal, Science.

Net Neutrality: FCC Will Not Appeal Recent Court Ruling, Plan to Rewrite Open Internet Rules Announced

UPDATE:  Here’s a Link to a Letter  From ARL, ALA, and EDUCAUSE Sent to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. It’s dated February 13, 2014. From The Washington Post: The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday it will rewrite sweeping broadband Internet rules known as net neutrality, ending a legal battle that has thrown into question the agency’s ability to […]