January 23, 2018

Industry News

IMLS Report: State Library Funding Still Suffering

State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA) across the country experienced major decreases in revenue and staffing during the economic recession, according to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) biennial State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA) Survey, conducted in FY16.

ALA Full Membership to Vote on Executive Director Qualifications

When Keith Michael Fiels, the former executive director (ED) of the American Library Association (ALA), announced in September 2016 that he would retire the following July, ALA leadership began considering its requirements for the role. As ALA convened a search committee and engaged a search firm to find the next ED, the question arose as to whether potential candidates should be required to hold an MLIS—or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)/school librarian equivalent—or whether the degree should be merely preferred.

Major CPU Security Flaw: What Libraries Need to Know

Intel Corporation this week acknowledged two serious, processor-level security vulnerabilities—named “Meltdown” and “Spectre”—that affect virtually all computers manufactured during the past decade that contain the company’s market- leading CPUs. Processors manufactured by ARM and AMD may also be affected by Spectre, reportedly the more difficult flaw to exploit.

EBSCO and BiblioLabs Announce OA Service for Theses, Dissertations

EBSCO Information Services and BiblioLabs will launch OpenDissertations.org, an open access initiative that will facilitate the discovery of electronic theses and dissertations beginning early this year.

Miami University Library Hosts Esports Arena

The King Library at Miami University (MU), OH, recently debuted a state-of-the-art esports arena prominently located on the library’s first floor. Developed in partnership with the university’s Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS) and IT services department, the new facility is home to the Miami Redhawks esports program, which attained varsity status in 2016.

FCC Kills Net Neutrality, Fight Likely to Move to Courts

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today passed the “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” (RIFO), overturning the 2015 Open Internet Order, a regulatory framework established during the Obama administration that gave the FCC the power to enforce “net neutrality,” defining broadband Internet as a utility similar to electricity or water, and requiring Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T, to treat all data traffic on the Internet equally.

ITHAKA Next Wave Conference Focuses on Higher Ed Challenges

Speakers at ITHAKA’s The Next Wave conference, held at New York’s Roosevelt Hotel on November 29, made the case for work that colleges and universities must take on if they want to improve national educational attainment. The conference, “Innovating and Adapting to Address Today’s Higher Education Challenges,” looked at new approaches from a variety of angles, from administration to the classroom to research, with alignment between leadership and the library given particular attention.

SJSU-Led Team Explores Blockchain in Libraries

A group led by San Jose State University iSchool (SJSU) Director Sandra Hirsh and SJSU lecturer Susan Alman is exploring how the library field could use blockchain, the open source, secure distributed database system originally developed to validate and record Bitcoin cryptocurrency transactions. Funded with a recent $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), SJSU is planning an online Library 2.0 conference on the topic on June 7, 2018, and a Blockchain National Forum in mid-2018.

Learning Spaces Transformed | Year in Architecture 2017

Library makeovers feature the Sorrells Engineering and Science Library at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; the two-story Heaton Family Learning Commons, Butler County Community College, PA; and the colorful the new Alfred R. Goldstein Library, Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL.

Meet the “Buzz Whisperer”: Book Pulse Keeps You Up On What’s Trending | Editorial

The book world is always buzzing. But the buzz can be hard to harness for daily, timely application in our libraries. I’m pleased to share that librarians now have a new tool to put to work. Meet LJ’s Book Pulse, launched in October and powered by the deeply experienced and highly creative readers’ advisory (RA) expert Neal Wyatt.