November 16, 2017

Archives for December 2014

Student Monitor: Campus Libraries Hold their Value for Students

Student Monitor (SM), a market research firm specializing in data generated by college students, recently released some encouraging facts from its semiannual Lifestyle and Media Study, which is designed to investigate students’ attitudes about school and non-academic interests: what they read, watch, and listen to, and how those choices influence their consumer behavior, perceptions, and experiences.

Public Libraries: “Seed Libraries Struggle With State Laws Limiting Exchanges”

From the Associated Press: Seed exchanges have sprouted up in about 300 locations around the country, most often in libraries, where gardeners can exchange self-pollinating seeds rather than buy standard, hybrid seeds. In spots like Duluth, Minnesota, the conflict with agriculture departments has surprised gardeners and library officials, who established exchanges to meet a growing […]

Russia To Launch National Digital Library In 2015

From The St. Petersburg Times: Work on developing electronic libraries across Russian is soon to begin, Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky said last week. At a joint meeting of the State Council and the Presidential Council on Culture and the Arts, Medinsky said that the new initiative will transform local libraries into modern information and […]

Second BiblioTech Coming to Bexar County Housing Development

Eager to expand the reach of its innovative all-digital library, officials in Bexar County (TX) plan to open a second full-service BiblioTech in June as part of a sprawling public housing development on San Antonio’s west side.

A Closeup Look at Free for All: Inside the Public Library

When documentary filmmakers Lucie Faulknor and Dawn Logsdon were evacuated to Baton Rouge, LA from their home in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, they were struck by the essential role played by the library in the days following the disaster. Staff at the State Library of Louisiana worked long hours to help people locate missing family members, friends, and pets, fill out FEMA forms, communicate with insurance companies, and use the library computers. “They had an assembly line to give everybody a library card,” Faulknor said, “and we realized that librarians were also first responders.”

Roundup of Public Library News From Around the U.S. and Canada (17 Reports From 14 States and 1 Province)

Time for another roundup of public library news from around the U.S. and Canada. The 17 stories below were published online within the past two weeks (15 days to be precise). We hope you find this roundup both interesting and useful. Arkansas Fort Smith Library Relies On Cuts, Reserves In 2015 Budget (via Times Record) […]

Q&A with Paul Gazzolo, Gale Senior VP and General Manager

Paul Gazzolo joined library resource vendor Gale, part of Cengage Learning, as senior vice president and general manager this November. He will be leading Gale’s strategy, product development, sales, and marketing teams, working closely with Gale’s partner libraries. Before moving to Gale, Gazzolo was general manager of research and learning at Wolters Kluwer CCH tax and accounting service. Prior to that position he served as president of World Book, where he successfully transitioned the well-known encyclopedia into a digital presence.

Following Dismissal, Thomas Galante Sues Queens Library

Within 24 hours of being dismissed by the recently reconstituted Queens Library (QL) Board of Trustees on the evening of December 17, former QL President and CEO Thomas Galante announced via his lawyer Hillary Prudlo that he would sue for wrongful termination. The reorganized board had placed Galante on indefinite, paid administrative leave on September 11, citing an ongoing audit of QL’s finances by New York City comptroller Scott Stringer, and investigations by the city Department of Investigation (DOI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding construction contracts awarded by the library.

Opinion | From Vicious to Virtuous: The collapse of U.K. libraries and unbreaking the cycle of library support

Earlier this month, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) released its annual statistics on library use in the U.K. CIPFA found that the number of patrons borrowing books from U.K. libraries has halved since 1997. This isn’t a surprise to anyone who has been following the ongoing financial crisis that’s engulfed those public libraries across the pond. It demonstrates what happens to libraries when they’re not supported by the communities they serve.

Public Libraries: “Independent Library Report for England” Published Today

The full text report is embedded below. It was published by the UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport and the Department for Communities and Local Government Coverage of Report From the BBC Public libraries in England are “at a crossroads” and must adapt if they are to survive, an independent report into the future […]