November 18, 2017

Archives for February 2016

Open eBooks Initiative Launches Service to Benefit Students in Need

Note: For background on the Open eBooks initiative see our post from April 30, 2015 when the project was announced by President Obama. From Today’s Announcement (via DPLA): Open eBooks, a new initiative and e-reader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in need for free, is launching today. First […]

EBSCO, Penguin Random House Partner to Offer Ebooks

EBSCO Information Services this month announced a partnership with Penguin Random House (PRH), and now offers the publisher’s entire collection of 21,000 fiction and nonfiction ebook titles from leading authors including John Grisham, Mindy Kaling, Paula Hawkins, Toni Morrison, and Danielle Steel. PRH ebooks will join titles from big five publisher Hachette, as well as Perseus, Algonquin, Workman, Sourcebook, Lerner, and other publishers, in EBSCO eBooks collections.

Interesting! USC to Install Many Microlibraries Across Campus

From The Daily Trojan: USC students will have the opportunity on Friday to participate in shaping the appearance of miniature libraries that will soon be placed throughout campus. [Clip] Like any library, the microlibraries will be set up with freely available books and other materials completely open to the public. The microlibraries will also serve […]

Harper Lee, Author of Library Mainstay To Kill a Mockingbird, Dies at 89

Harper Lee, author of the bestselling novel To Kill a Mockingbird and its recently published controversial predecessor, Go Set a Watchman, died on February 19 at the age of 89. To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic of American literature, widely taught in U.S. classrooms despite its most recent ranking as 21 of the American Library Association’s (ALA) 100 most challenged books in the last decade. In 1998, an LJ poll voted it “Best Novel of the Century.” In 2001, the Chicago Public Library launched its One Book, One Chicago program with a citywide read of Mockingbird, which was borrowed by over 6,500 library patrons, including the circulation of 350 foreign language copies. It remains the most popular title for “One Book, One City” programs, having been chosen by more than 60 cities across the country.

IMLS to Award $155.8 Million to States For Library Services During FY 2016

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today released its Fiscal Year 2016 allotment table for 56 State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs), totaling $155,789,000. These annual grants to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories represent the largest source of federal […]

Brett Bonfield: Taking the Helm at Princeton Public Library

Brett Bonfield stepped into the role of director at the Princeton Public Library (PPL), NJ, on January 19. He succeeds former PPL director Leslie Burger, who announced her retirement in July 2015 after 16 years at the library’s helm. Bonfield, a 2012 LJ Mover & Shaker, served as director of the Collingswood Public Library, NJ, from 2008 through 2015; chaired the American Library Association (ALA) Future Perfect Presidential Task Force from 2010 to 2011, and cofounded the influential online journal of librarianship In the Library with the Lead Pipe—he is now an editor emeritus. LJ spoke with Bonfield shortly after he began work at Princeton to talk about fundraising, blogging, PPL’s 2Reimagine second floor renovation campaign, and what it’s like when everyone knows where you live—both literally and metaphorically.

Public Library News Roundup, Stories From AR, CO, CT, IL, MO, PA, MN, NY, TX, and WY

1. Arkansas: Fayetteville Library Begins Push For Tax Hike to Fix Budget Worries (via ArkansasOnline) 2. Colorado:  Boulder Public Library Launches All-Ages Makerspace (via Daily Camera) 3. Connecticut: Bridgeport Library Chief Gets Job Probation (via CT Post) 4. Illinois: Champaign Public Library Reopens Search For New Director (via WAND) 5. Missouri: Library Director Informs Board […]

Speak of the Devil | Office Hours

Has this ever happened to you? A meeting is going along swimmingly. Decisions are being made. Paths forward seem clearly defined. Action items are doled out to key players around the ­table. And then, a voice pipes up: “I’ll play devil’s advocate and….”

Cue the sound of wheels screeching to a halt, or perhaps the collective, weary exhale of the group.

Harlem Advocacy Group Demands School Librarians

A petition by the Harlem Council of Elders calls on state and city officials to rectify the dearth of librarians by the start of the next school year.

DPL Spins Patrons Right Round | One Cool Thing

The Dallas Public Library (DPL) found a way to publicize its hidden vinyl record collection, clear its shelves of items that needed weeding, make some money, celebrate the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library’s 33rd anniversary, and show its patrons a good time—all at once. On the evening of September 17, 2015, the library held a record sale and party, complete with a DJ, refreshments, and a cash bar, dubbed the 33 1/3 party in honor of both the branch’s birthday and the revolutions per minute speed of LP records. The event “was really fun,” said organizer Heather Lowe, manager of DPL’s fine arts division, “much better attended than in our wildest dreams.” Thousands of weeded records were put up for sale at $2 apiece, with a 25 album per person limit. At the end of the evening, the library had netted more than $6,000.