November 23, 2017

Archives for April 2015

When the President Visits Your Library

When ImaginOn manager Jason Hyatt got the word on a Friday that his building had been selected as the site of a White House event with President Barack Obama with just four days to plan, he had confidence that he and his colleagues would somehow make it happen.

READ Nepal To Help Earthquake Survivors

Nonprofit READ (Rural Education and Development) Global’s network of community libraries in Nepal is starting to reopen and respond to the recent devastating earthquake. The 7.8-magnitude disaster hit Nepal, 50 km north of capital city Kathmandu, before noon on Saturday, April 25.

Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Public Libraries Remain Open

From MTVNews.com: You can find more than books at the Baltimore public library today, as all branches remain open and fully staffed in the wake of protests and riots that have rocked the city. With a state of emergency declared and schools closed citywide Tuesday morning, the Enoch Pratt Free Library has chosen to stay […]

Primary Sources and Other Reference Materials: Nepal Earthquake, April 2015

We plan to add additional resources and documents moving forward. Global Disaster Alert and Coordination Center Alerts, Maps, Data Files, and More UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal Office of the Resident Coordinator – Situation Reports Reference Maps Thematic Maps Infographics UN OHCA (Asia/Pacific) Twitter Stream Humanitarian Data Exchange Nepal Earthquake Materials Maps ESRI […]

Barriers to Innovation Act Would Renew DMCA Exemptions Automatically

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) on April 16 introduced the “Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act,” a bill that would make significant changes to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which gives the Library of Congress the power to grant exemptions to DMCA’s ban on circumventing digital rights management (DRM) software, encryption, or other digital restrictions.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, April 15, 2015 Issue

A people-powered selection of letters to the editor, celebrating a wide swath of 2015 Movers & Shakers and mourning Cathie Linz, a writer and librarian, from the April 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal

Rebecca Stavick, Omaha’s First Digital Librarian

In February 2015, Rebecca Stavick was appointed executive director of Omaha’s first digital library, the newly-named Do Space, scheduled to launch in November. The new role is a logical bridge between Stavick’s previous five years as staff development specialist at Omaha Public Library (OPL) and her work as cofounder of Open Nebraska, which she describes as “a citizen-led civic hacking organization dedicated to solving community problems through civic application development, open data advocacy, and tech education.”

Missouri: Governor, Lawmakers Slash Public Library Support By More Than 50 Percent

From the Kirksville Daily Express: Missouri’s public libraries have fallen onto the state budget chopping block, with appropriations approved by the Legislature in two key areas less than half the amount seen at any point this century. The Missouri Legislature on Thursday finalized a $26 billion budget for the next fiscal year. Of that total […]

News Briefs for April 15, 2015

Copyright Clearance Center integrated its Get It Now academic solution with OCLC’s WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service, three Virgin Islands libraries were given almost $1 million in grant funding under the Office of Insular Affairs’ Capital Improvement Project Program, and more news in brief from the April 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Geoffrey Dickinson to head Worcester Public Library, Lorraine Estelle to direct COUNTER, and more people news from the April 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.