November 18, 2017

Archives for August 2015

Game Design Proves Popular at Orange County Center

Since its grand opening in February 2014, the Orange County Library System’s (OCLS) Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation, and Creativity has offered patrons access to high-tech tools ranging from 3-D printers to flight simulators. In the past year and a half, the center, located in the library’s central branch in Orlando, FL, has become a locus of creativity within the community, helping patrons connect and collaborate with others who share their interests. Ormilla Vengersammy, Melrose Center manager and Technology and Education Department Head for OCLS, described the center’s growing video game design program as one such example.

Only Known Manuscript of an Early Version of ‘Happy Birthday’ Song Discovered in a University of Louisville Library

OnFrom U. of Louisville: The only known manuscript of Louisville native Mildred Hill’s song “Good Morning to All,” which evolved into the world-famous “Happy Birthday” song, was recently uncovered in the Dwight Anderson Memorial Music Library at the University of Louisville. Hill, along with her sister Patty, co-authored the piece originally known as “Good Morning […]

IMLS Announces 276 Grants, $14.16 Million for Libraries in the United States

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced 276 grants to institutions totaling $14,165,292. The grants were awarded through six programs: National Leadership Grants for Libraries, Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries, Native American Library Services Basic, Native American Library Services Enhancement, Native Hawaiian Library […]

Rethought & Reincarnated: Grand Valley’s library, the core of campus life | Editorial

It’s easy to see why students want to camp out at the new library at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. I had the opportunity to see it in person last month when I attended the Re-think It: Libraries for a New Age conference on campus. The space itself is incredible—as is the response to the critical questions that drove the design and programming of services delivered at what is now the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons.

UK: “British Library Rejects Taliban Trove Fearing Terror Laws”

From Agence France Presse: Academics have criticised the British government for creating a “climate of fear” after the national library declined to store the world’s biggest collection of Taliban-related documents over concerns it could be prosecuted under terrorism laws. A group of international researchers spent years putting together a trove of documents related to the […]

First-Ever “Public Libraries & STEM” Event Forges New Alliances

Professionals from the library, education, and STEM fields gathered last week in Denver to participate in “Public Libraries & STEM,” the first conference of its kind to convene leaders from these arenas to examine current and future practices at the intersection of librarianship and science, technology, engineering, and math.

Obama Foundation Releases Request for Qualifications For Architecture Firms Interested in Designing Obama Presidential Center (Library and Museum)

From the Barack Obama Foundation: Today, The Barack Obama Foundation released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) soliciting submissions from firms interested in providing architectural design services for the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). The RFQ outlines the goals of the OPC and asks for submission of credentials, references, examples of prior work, and additional materials to […]

Sunland Park Library Reopens After Three Year Hiatus

The Sunland Park Community Library (SPCL), NM, celebrated a grand reopening on August 13th after a three-year suspension. The library had closed amid tremendous budget deficiencies, as well as allegations that the library director, among other city employees, had committed voter fraud. “It’s open 40 hours a week again,” Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea told […]

Colorado: “Arapahoe Libraries Seeking $6 Million Tax Increase This Fall”

From The Denver Post: The Arapahoe Library District will ask voters this fall to approve an annual tax increase of nearly $6 million to support updates to the district’s book selection, technology, literacy-based programs and numerous other services, the district announced this week. The district’s Board of Trustees voted to place the initiative on the […]

Queens Library Gets $14 Million More for Capital Improvements

In early May, LJ reported that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed executive budget was set to cut $10 million in funding from New York City library systems. Library advocates rallied against the Mayor’s prospective cuts, and in June there was a massive turnaround—for FY16, the Mayor’s announced budget ultimately included a cumulative $43 million for Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library (QL).