November 25, 2017

Archives for April 2014

Unglue.it Officially Launches “Thanks for Ungluing” Program

Today, Eric Hellman and the Unglue.it team formally launched their new “Thanks For Ungluing” program. From Today’s Announcement: Today marks the official launch of Unglue.it’s “Thanks for Ungluing” program. Unglue.it is “the bookstore for books that want to be free”. Unglue.it aims to compile a comprehensive database of Creative Commons licensed books while offering authors […]

Cool! Petrie Museum at University College London Releases Interactive Online 3D Object Library of Ancient Egyptian Artifacts

From Today’s Announcement: UCL’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, which holds one of the top specialist collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the world, has launched an interactive online 3D object library, allowing visitors to view the artefacts in the same way as curators. With funding from Arts Council England, the Museum is making high […]

U. of Montana: An 8% Decrease in Budget Forcing Library to Cut Subscriptions, Acquisitions, and Programs

The 8% budget cut is university-wide except for instruction budget (0.7% cut). From Montana Kaimin (Student-Run Daily Newspaper) The Mansfield Library is being asked to cut eight percent of its entire budget for the next academic year, said Megan Stark, associate professor at the Mansfield Library. [Clip] We’ve cut supplies we can cut, we’ve cut some […]

Online Education: New York Public Library Announces Partnership With Coursera

NYPL is the first public library in the U.S. to become part of the Coursera Learning Hubs program. From NYPL: The New York Public Library (NYPL) announced today a partnership with Coursera to support their curriculum of online courses through their Learning Hubs program. Several branches will provide users with weekly in-person class discussions with trained facilitators, […]

New York City Freezes Queens Library System’s Cash Flow, More than $20 Million on Hold

From the NY Daily News: The freeze covers some $20.27 million in projects — including the Queens Central Library renovations exposed by the Daily News that have gotten library president Thomas Galante in hot water. City officials say they won’t release any funding until they’ve received sufficient documentation the expenses are legitimate. Among the money […]

Academic Movers 2014: In Depth with Vincent Scalfani

In the latest in our series of interviews with 2014’s Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic backgrounds, sponsored by SAGE, we talk to University of Alabama (UA) librarian Vincent Scalfani. With a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Colorado, Scalfani now serves as the Science and Engineering librarian at UA, where he oversees programs like the university’s 3-D printing studio, while also teaching classes in the chemistry department to help graduate students better understand the research tools available to them, as well as how to more effectively communicate their work in journal articles and presentations.

Coldplay Announces Lyrics Scavenger Hunt in Libraries Worldwide

From Radio.com:   The good news? Coldplay fans can read the lyrics to the band’s new album before it hits stores. The bad news? They’ll have to find them, first. The band announced today (April 28) they will hide handwritten lyric sheets of Ghost Stories from frontman Chris Martin in nine libraries across the world, creating a scavenger hunt […]

Louisiana: New Orleans Public Libraries Facing Financial Problems

From WWL-TV: Five gleaming new libraries — central to the recovery of neighborhoods like Broadmoor, Lakeview and eastern New Orleans — have been a big hit since reopening in 2011 and 2012. But the libraries have been so costly to operate that the system has blown through a $12 million reserve fund in about three […]

Oregon County Aims To Replace Volunteer-Run Libraries with Publicly Funded Model

Like many library systems, the Josephine Community Library (JCL) in Josephine County, OR, is looking to secure funding from the community via a ballot initiative this November. Unlike most library systems, however, JCL doesn’t yet receive any funding from the government, instead relying entirely on private donations and volunteer labor to keep the lights on.

Boston Libraries, Archives Commemorate Marathon Attack

One year after the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, the city’s libraries and cultural institutions are helping to preserve this painful moment in recent history and helping local residents reflect. Eight libraries and archives, as part of the #BostonBetter consortium, hosted events and exhibits or opened special hours in recognition of the anniversary. Others began working almost immediately after last year’s Marathon to preserve the memories and associated artifacts of the people who experienced the bombings.