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Archives for June 2014

Banned Books Week Announces Comics Focus | ALA 2014

The 2014 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Las Vegas this week set the stage for Banned Books Week, scheduled for September 21-27, 2014. This year, Banned Books Week will shine light on banned and challenged comic books and graphic novels. On the show floor, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which provides legal support and expertise to readers, authors, and librarians, debuted a new handbook offering rundowns of commonly challenged comic titles, myths about banned books, and ideas for programming around Banned Books Week.

Pennsylvania: Libraries Feeling Pressures of Continued Funding Cuts

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s public libraries endured the pain of the funding ax in recent years, cutting back on staff, services, new book purchases and hours of operation. In Washington County, the situation is about to become more dire — one community’s library might have to close altogether. Citizens and Chartiers-Houston libraries, two Washington […]

Feedback: Letters to LJ, June 15, 2014 Issue

Letters to the editor on gun control and librarianship, age discrimination, expanding network capacity, and more from the June 15, 2014 issue of Library Journal.

Cherubini ED of COSLA, Jacobs CIO of OCLC, Miller To Direct Baltimore and More Library People News

Timothy Cherubini named Executive Director, Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, Jeff J. Jacobs named Chief Information Officer at OCLC, Paula Miller appointed Director of Baltimore County Public Library, and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the June 15, 2014 issue of Library Journal.

Humanities: Harvard Library Shares Digital Files of Nine of Rare Childhood Brontë Manuscripts Online

From the Harvard Gazette: The tiny, hand-lettered, hand-bound books Charlotte and Branwell Brontë made as children surely qualify. Measuring about 2.5 by 5 centimeters, page after mini-page brims with poems, stories, songs, illustrations, maps, building plans, and dialogue. The books, lettered in minuscule, even script, tell of the “Glass Town Confederacy,” a fictional world the […]

Capira Integrates StackMap into Mobile App

Library software and mobile app developer Capira Technologies this week announced an integration with StackMap, a bookshelf visualization platform that helps guide patrons directly to the location of books and other materials in the library. Using the app, patrons will be able to search for and discover items in a library’s catalog, and with one […]

Report: The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2014 Released, Pearson Tops List

Note: A summary document by Dr. Rüdiger Wischenbart includes analysis, insights, and charts from the Global Ranking 2014 report. Direct to The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2014 (10 pages; PDF) Top 10 Global Publishing Groups 1. Pearson 2. Elsevier 3. ThomsonReuters 4. Wolters Kluwer 5. Random House 6. Hachette Livre 7. McGraw-Hill Education […]

New York Public Library Receives First City Funding Increase ($4.4 Million) In Six Years

From NYPL:  The New York Public Library will receive a $4.4 million increase in city operating funds for Fiscal Year 2015, according to the new city budget, unveiled today by Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the New York City Council. The increase – the first for the system since Fiscal […]

NY Daily News Reports: “Queens Public Library Trustees Plan to Remove Thomas Galante as director — Then Give Him Consulting Job that Pays $800G”

UPDATE 3:30pm Queens library board cancels meeting about Thomas Galante’s $800,000 exit package (via NYDN) UPDATE Gov. Cuomo signs bill to reform operations at embattled Queens library system (via NYDN) From The New York Daily News: The trustees of the Queens Public Library have scheduled an emergency meeting for Thursday night to remove their controversial director Thomas […]

Academic Movers 2014: In Depth with Emily Drabinski

In the latest of our In-Depth Interviews with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we caught up with LIU Brooklyn Instruction Coordinator Emily Drabinski. Drabinski presents regularly on the intersections between information studies and gender studies, and is also involved in the publishing end of library work, editing a series of titles on gender and information studies and sitting on the board of the journal Radical Teacher, which she helped in moving to an open access format earlier this year.