November 21, 2017

Archives for October 2015

Kathryn Matthew To Serve as IMLS Director

The U.S. Senate announced its confirmation of Kathryn (“Kit”) Matthew as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums, on September 22. Matthew succeeds IMLS deputy director for library services Maura Marx (a 2006 LJ Mover & Shaker), who served as acting director since previous director Susan Hildreth’s term ended in January. The four-year directorship alternates between leaders from the library and the museum communities, in order to ensure representation from both sectors. President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Matthew for the position on March 10, along with nominees and appointees for several other key administrative posts.

Nebraska Bill Could Make All Libraries City Departments

A bill that would place every library in Nebraska under the direct control of its city rather than a board of trustees is likely to be considered by that state’s legislature this winter, state senator Tyson Larson (R-40) told LJ. Such a bill, if passed and signed into law, would give municipalities of every size the power to manage library budgets, set hours, and hire and fire directors.

Russia: “Employees of Raided Ukrainian Library in Moscow Say They Were Framed”

From Reuters: The shaken employees of a Moscow library specializing in Ukrainian literature accused Russian investigators on Friday of planting banned extremist books on their shelves to create a pretext to raid the library and detain their director. Armed, masked police swooped on Moscow’s Library of Ukrainian Literature on Wednesday, carting off about 200 books […]

World Series Sparks Twitter War Between New York, Kansas City Libraries

Feats of athleticism and a chance to bond over the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat—looking at you, fellow Cubs fans—are great and all, but let’s face it: the most fun part of any sporting event is the chance to heckle your friends rooting for the opposing team. Need proof? Observe the latest round of Twitter Trash Talk between librarians in Kansas City and New York as the Royals and Mets face off in the World Series.

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Launching Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences

From RIT: A bachelor’s degree in digital humanities and social sciences – the first of its kind in the nation – will combine core liberal arts studies with technical courses such as computer programming to better prepare graduates for employment. Students will be registered in Fall 2016. [Clip] The students majoring in digital humanities and […]

Washington: Seattle Public Library Board Votes Against New Logo and Name Change

Note: For background on this story, see these two infoDOCKET posts: Thumbs Down on Proposed Seattle Public Library Name Change (October 21, 2015) The Seattle Public Library Considers Name Change (September 19, 2015) From The Stranger (October 29, 2015): Last night, the Seattle Public Library’s board of trustees—these five people—met to take a vote on […]

National Endowment for the Humanities Honors “What Middletown Read”

On the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the agency recognized 50 of the top projects it has supported over the course of its history. Included on that list was What Middletown Read, a digital humanities project focused on Muncie, IN, that brought the patron, book, and circulation records of a turn-of-the-20th century public library into the 21st.

iTeach, iLearn, and iConfused | Collection Development: Technology Education, November 1, 2015

With the ever-increasing pace of computer processing, devices are quickly becoming outdated. Librarians must find relevant, long-lasting titles in a field that shows no signs of slowing down and supplement with continuously updated digital resources to keep current on changing specifics. These 31 resources will add to tech collections.

Comparing Boomer and Next-Gen Library Leaders: More Common Ground Than Expected | Leading from the Library

Millennials and Gen-X librarians are moving into leadership positions. In what ways are they different from their Baby Boomer predecessors? OCLC did some research and the results are insightful.

ALA Launches “Libraries Transform” Campaign

On October 29 American Library Association (ALA) president Sari Feldman launched the Libraries Transform campaign, a three-year national public awareness initiative focusing on the ways public, academic, school, and special libraries and librarians across the nation transform their communities. Events kicked off in Washington, DC, as the Libraries Transform team visited a cross-section of transformative libraries, and will continue with contributions from libraries—and library lovers—everywhere.