November 22, 2017

Archives for June 2015

ALA Releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

ALA’s Policy Agenda for Libraries was released today as the 2015 ALA Annual Conference gets underway in San Francisco. The full text document is available here. A four page executive summary is also available. A foreword to the agenda written by Deborah Jacobs from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was also published. Policy goals […]

Three Books on Self-Publishing | Self-Publishing & Libraries

While your lIbrary probably already collects some of the many guides on how to write a book, this month I’d like to recommend three essential titles for your collection that can help aspiring authors take the next step to turning their finished manuscript into a clean ebook.

Cynthia G. Hurd, Librarian, Among Those Killed in Charleston Shooting

On the night of Wednesday, June 17, a gunman opened fire at a prayer meeting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, SC; officials described the shooting as racially motivated. The suspect was apprehended Thursday morning in North Carolina, more than 200 miles away. Nine community members were killed, including Cynthia G. Hurd, manager of St. Andrews Regional Library branch at Charleston County Public Library (CCPL).

Sharing Policy Draws Criticism; Elsevier Responds

On April 30 the academic publishing company Elsevier announced that it would be updating its article sharing policies. In a post on its website titled Unleashing the power of academic sharing, Elsevier’s director of access and policy Alicia Wise outlined a framework of new sharing and hosting policies, which include guidelines for sharing academic articles at every stage of their existence, from preprint to post-publication, and protocol for both non-commercial—that is, repository—and commercial hosting platforms.

EBSCO and Ex Libris Announce Collaboration Agreement

From Today’s Joint Announcement: Ex Libris and EBSCO Information Systems  are pleased to announce an agreement to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize the experience of library patrons who are using Ex Libris solutions to access full-text content hosted on the EBSCOhost platform. The two companies have committed to expanding their collaboration to other areas as […]

ALA Sends Letter to President Obama Urging Him to Select a Librarian as Next Librarian of Congress

We were very happy to read the letter (we’ve posted it below) from ALA President Courtney Young to President Obama urging him to select a professional librarian as the next Librarian of Congress. There are many highly qualified librarian candidates that have all of the required skills required to lead LC. As we recently pointed […]

San Jose Public Library to Expand to Six-Day Schedule July 11

From the San Jose Mercury News: All 22 San Jose Public Library branches, including the Berryessa branch, will be open six days per week beginning Saturday, July 11. [Clip] In April, San Jose City Council approved Mayor Sam Liccardo’s proposal for restoring the six-day schedule. Since then, the library has been recruiting staff and making […]

Lee Van Orsdel Re-Thinks Library Design

When Michigan’s Grand Valley State University (GSVU) built a new library a few years ago, Dean of Libraries Lee Van Orsdel wanted staff and stakeholders alike to throw out the rulebook on library design. The result was an acclaimed space that has been a hit with GVSU students, driving more traffic to the library and changing how students use it—changes that in turn have even influenced other industries.

MyLibraryNYC Brings Public Library Services to City Schools, 500,000+ Students

A unique partnership between New York’s Department of Education and the city’s three public library systems, MyLibraryNYC has made its way into 488 pre-K–12 schools across the city this past school year, serving more than half a million students and over 60,000 educators.

LibraryThing Posts Sneak Peek of TinyCat, a New Online Catalog for “Tiny” Libraries

A new post on the LibraryThing blog provides a sneak peek at TinyCat, a new online catalog that Tim, Abby, and the rest of the LibraryThing team are formally releasing at ALA TinyCat is designed for “tiny” libraries (collections of less than 10,000 titles) while LibraryThing for Libraries is marketed to public and academic libraries. […]