August 23, 2014

Industry News

Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

Frederick Gale Ruffner

Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. He launched enduring reference works including the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Authors, and the Encyclopedia of Associations

NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

Jukay Hsu

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six.

Canada: New $57.6 Million/129,000 Sq Ft Halifax Public Library Opening This Fall

From The Globe and Mail: Halifax’s new $57.6-million gleaming glass library of the future is to open later this fall – a 129,000-square-foot building in the city’s downtown with a unique cantilevered rectangular glass box on the top, suggesting a stack of books. Fully accessible, culturally sensitive, environmentally sustainable and architecturally stunning, with elegant angles […]

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Will Build $40 Million Archives & Conservation Center in Suburban DC

From The Gazette: Bowie [Maryland, pronounced Boo-ee] will soon be the home of the largest collection of Holocaust archives in the world, according to representatives from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Andrew Hollinger, a spokesman for the museum, said that because of recent efforts to search out and collect evidence of the Holocaust, the […]

Nebraska: Omaha’s Proposed City Budget Includes Reduced Funding For Public Libraries

From the Omaha.Com/Omaha World-Herald: The [budget] plan headed to the City Council for a public hearing Tuesday comes with a cut for the city’s libraries; the department’s $13.1 million budget is down about 5 percent from last year. To avoid cutting staff or library hours, officials have plans to reduce the library’s materials budget — […]

Video: $6.6. Million Worth of State Funds Withheld from Missouri Libraries

From KODE-TV/FourStatesHomePage.com: “This is huge and it will hurt,” says Joplin Public Library Director Jacque Gage. It’s a 6.6 million dollar cut– affecting libraries across the Show Me State. “We currently get 50 cents per capita for everyone in our library district to assist with library services,” says Gage. In Joplin, this means a loss […]

The Big Weed: Boston Public Library Weeding Up to 180,000 Books From Print Collection

From The Boston Globe: The library, in Roxbury, once brimmed with books. But officials have been steadily culling its collection the past few months as part of a push by BPL administrators to dispose of up to 180,000 little-used volumes from shelves and archives of branches citywide by year’s end. Library officials say the reductions […]

Video: Boise Public Library is Opening a Digital Branch at Boise Airport Later This Month

A new addition for your libraries in airports list. From KTVB (Includes Video): The Philadelphia airport has a digital library and our Airport Director, Rebecca Hupp, had visited there this spring and she came back and said can we do this in Boise?” said Kevin Booe, Boise Public Library director. His response? Of course. And […]

Nebraska: The Omaha Public Library’s Book Bike Hits the Streets For the First Time

Like we’ve seen in other U.S. cities including Seattle, Denver, and Boston, the Omaha Public Library now has a book bike. Three pictures of the bike from Omaha.com and a report from WOWT. Anyone can check out a book when they see the bike and also make use of it’s mobile wi-fi [Clip] “It’s an […]

The Organized Librarian: An Interview with Daniel J. Levitin

Daniel J. Levitin

Daniel J. Levitin, author of The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload (Aug., Dutton) and the James McGill Professor of Psychology and Music at McGill University, Montreal, where he also holds appointments in the Program in Behavioural Neuroscience, The School of Computer Science, and the Faculty of Education, will be one of the keynote speakers at Library Journal’s virtual event, The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center, which will be held on October 1. In preparation for the conference, Levitin shares with LJ his thoughts on how his work can help librarians themselves, and their patrons, find the needle they need in today’s ever-growing information haystack.