May 27, 2015

Industry News

New Orleans Library Foundation Board Members Resign in Funding Scandal

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Only days after a definitive victory at the polls, the New Orleans library landscape was making news again—but this time it was the Foundation, not the library itself, and the news was not good. On May 5, an investigative report by correspondent David Hammer for local New Orleans station WWL-TV revealed that between 2012 and 2013 Irvin Mayfield and Ronald Markham, who then served on the board of the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) Foundation as chair and president, respectively, gave the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) at least $863,000 in funding originally made to the NOPL Foundation. At that time both Mayfield and Markham were also drawing annual salaries of $100,000 apiece from the nonprofit NOJO, Mayfield as its founder and artistic director and Markham as president and CEO.

Schools, Libraries Will Receive Full Request of $3.9B in E-Rate Funding

From FedScoop: Schools and libraries across the country will be getting the full amount they requested to upgrade their telecommunications and wireless services from the Federal Communications Commission, which capped the funding this year at $3.9 billion. In total, the districts requested $3.92 billion [including $1.6 billion for internal Wi-Fi networks] — just over the […]

10 Branches Win NYC Neighborhood Library Awards

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NYC Neighborhood Libraries_groupLibrary leaders, staff, friends, and council members gathered May 20 in a grand celebration atop New York City’s Hearst Tower to for the second NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. This year, the Charles H. Revson Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation teamed up to make the awards even more impactful, doubling the total award amounts and creating strong engagement with library users along the way. The ten winning branch libraries were selected from more than 13,000 nominations. The five winners, which each received $20,000, are: Langston Hughes Library, Corona (Queens); Mott Haven Library, Mott Haven (the Bronx); New Lots Library, East New York (Brooklyn); Parkchester Library, Parkchester (the Bronx); and Stapleton Library, Stapleton (Staten Island).

OCLC Plans to Lay Off 27 Employees at Dublin, Ohio World Headquarters

,From The Columbus Dispatch: OCLC will lay off 27 employees at its Dublin operation in a move to readjust staffing “in line with future needs.” [Clip] Over the last five years, OCLC has been in a period of significant investment in new products and services,” the nonprofit computer-service and research organization said in a statement. […]

Marc Andreessen and His Wife are Partnering With HP to Donate Computers to Baltimore and Ferguson Libraries

From the USA Today: Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen [also developer of Mozilla (first visual web browser) that became Netscape where he was co-founder] and the and his wife, philanthropist and educator Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, have teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to donate nearly $170,000 worth of computers, printers and other equipment. The couple says they were moved […]

Stacey Aldrich: A Sense of Aloha

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Stacey Aldrich was named state librarian of Hawaii on February 18 by the Hawaii Board of Education, filling the position vacated by former state librarian Richard Burns when he retired in in December 2014. Aldrich, a 2003 LJ Mover & Shaker, is no stranger to state libraries: She served as state librarian for California from 2009–12 and as deputy secretary for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries of Pennsylvania from 2012 until this year.

Massachusetts: Rembrandt, Dürer Works Valued at More than $600,000 Missing from Boston Public Library

From the Boston Globe: Police are investigating the disappearance of two works of art worth more than $600,000, including a print of a Rembrandt self-portrait, that went missing last month from the Boston Public Library’s flagship branch in Copley Square, authorities said Tuesday. A report from the Boston Police Department’s Anti-Corruption Unit states that officers […]

ALA and Internet Archive are Part of Coalition Urging President Obama to Support Strong Data Encryption and Oppose Surveillance “Backdoors”

A letter signed by over 150 organizations and individuals including the American Library Association, EPIC,  Internet Archive, and The Tor Project was sent to the White House today by the New America’s Open Technology Institute. From the Announcement: The letter, signers of which include technology industry giants such as Apple and Google, is the latest round in the ongoing […]

Georgia: Library System Seeks Additional $200K From County as State Continues To Slash Budget

From the Gainesville Times: In some ways, the Hall County Library System is a microcosm of how budget cuts impacted public services during the economic recession. [Clip] And a double whammy of cuts from the local and state level “made it really difficult” for the library system in recent years, said Hall County Commission Chairman […]

U. Minnesota Press, CUNY Grad Center Develop Hybrid Publishing Platform

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The University of Minnesota Press and the GC Digital Scholarship Lab at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in April were awarded a $732,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch Manifold Scholarship, a new platform that will enable the publication of iterative, networked, electronic versions of scholarly monographs alongside the print edition of the book.