November 24, 2017

Archives for May 2017

Academic Libraries Implement New ILS, IR Developed by CERN

Millersville University and Caltech have recently implemented library systems developed by TIND, a commercial spin-off of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). TIND’s suite of solutions is based on CERN’s open source Invenio Digital Library Framework.

LSU and Elsevier: A Tale of Two Contracts | Peer to Peer Review

In a May 2 statement, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announced that Louisiana State University (LSU) filed a lawsuit against academic publishing company Elsevier for breach of contract on February 27. According to the complaint, Elsevier cut off the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s (SVM) access to content that was legally licensed by LSU Libraries. For many reasons, especially Elsevier’s often contentious relationship with libraries over the decades, this will be one of the more interesting cases to watch unfold.

Sarah Jessica Parker Kicks Off Book Club Central

Sarah Jessica Parker will sprinkle some stardust on the American Library Association (ALA) Annual meeting this year. The television and film actor/producer and library supporter is serving as Honorary Chair of ALA’s new global digital online platform, Book Club Central. Parker will reveal Book Club Central’s inaugural pick at its official launch during the President’s Program at ALA, Saturday, June 24, 3:30 p.m. at McCormick Place West in Chicago.

Graphically Different: A Discussion on Diversity in Comics and Graphic Novels

Comics and graphic novels represent one of the most quickly evolving categories and the increased volume of titles with themes of diversity can present challenges for libraries. How can you best represent your local and global community with your collection? How do you determine their accessibility and predict popularity on a budget? Most importantly, how will this trend continue to evolve and what can we expect from comics creators?
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Kings & Queens | Collection Development: The Royals

Members of the British Royal Family continue to fascinate, with their long history and controversies. In this year of Elizabeth’s sapphire jubilee and the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death, there is much to check out.

Librarians’ Picks | Library Design 2017

Furnishings of note from recent library projects.

Sip & Spell: An Adult Spelling Bee | Programs That Pop

The Corvallis–Benton County Public Library, OR, has partnered with its Friends of the Library for the last two years to offer a spelling bee for adults 18 years and older. The event, called Sip & Spell, helps us reach a wide audience, particularly younger adults age 21–35. Sip & Spell also projects a fun, playful side of the library.

News Briefs for May 1, 2017

BiblioCommons to partner with Bullfrog Power, State Library of Ohio and the University of Iowa Libraries are the newest FIPNet Preservation Steward Libraries, Saul Bellow’s papers will go to the University of Chicago Library; and more News in Brief from the May 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Gifts of This Hour | Office Hours

What do I listen to now? More than a few folks shared this sentiment online in the days following the release of “S-Town,” a podcast hosted by Brian Reed and created by the producers of “Serial” and “This American Life.” It topped ten million–plus downloads within four days of release. I binged all seven episodes over spring break and found the series to be a moving, insightful, and well-conceived piece of audio journalism.

Federal Budget Compromise Keeps—and Boosts—IMLS Funding

UPDATE: Trump’s FY18 budget request to Congress, released May 23, proposes to cut nearly all funding for IMLS, NEA, NEH, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among many severe cuts to social service and non-millitary domestic programs. The proposed budget would keep ten percent of IMLS’s budget for costs necessary to shut down the agency.