September 23, 2014

Industry News

Four Universities Selected as Finalists to Host Obama Library

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The Barack Obama Foundation announced on September 15 that four academic institutions have qualified as potential sites for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. Columbia University, the University of Hawaii, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago were selected from among a pool of 13 applicants who responded to the Request for Qualifications issued March 2014.

Netherlands: Swets Files For Bankruptcy

A story on the German publishing industry web site boersenblatt.net (in German) reports that Netherlands-based Swets (Royal Swets & Zeitlinger Holding N.V.) is insolvent and has filed for bankruptcy. We’ve reached out the company for comment. With the caveat the mechanical translation is far from perfect, we do learn a bit more by translating the […]

Washington University Libraries Creates “Documenting Ferguson” Digital Repository

Washington University Libraries Creates “Documenting Ferguson” Digital Repository

The digital repository launched earlier this month is discussed in this announcement from Washington University in St. Louis. From the Announcement: Washington University Libraries, the library system of Washington University in St. Louis, is collecting and preserving photographs, video and other content for the digital repository “Documenting Ferguson.” Free and accessible to all, the online […]

Libraries Welcome Writers in Residence

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Libraries have always been second homes to many writers. Two programs are hoping to further encourage that relationship starting this fall and into the future. The Public Library of Cincinnati’s Writer-In-Residence program and the CHP in the Stacks residency program from publishing company Coffee House Press (CHP) will give select writers stipends to do their work in a library while helping publicize that library’s resources to the community.

Queens Library CEO Galante Placed on Administrative Leave

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Thomas W. Galante, the embattled president and CEO of the Queens Library in New York, on the evening of September 11 was placed on indefinite, paid administrative leave by the library’s recently reorganized board, following months of negative local news coverage regarding his $392,000 salary, his consulting work, library renovation projects that included his office, and an FBI investigation regarding QL’s procedures for awarding construction contracts.

Chattanooga Library Board Responds to Audit’s Allegations

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Last week the board of the Chattanooga Public Library (TN) responded to a city audit released in late August, which criticized Library Director and LJ librarian of the year Corinne Hill and top staffers for receiving excess travel reimbursements (since repaid), and stated that two employees have been reported to the state for suspected fraud for taking paid speaking and consultant jobs on library time.

Pew Report Finds Millennials Are Readers, Library Users

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Younger Americans and Public Libraries examines the ways Millennials—those born between 1985 and 1998—engage with libraries, and how they see libraries’ roles in their lives and communities

The Barack Obama Foundation Issues RFP to Four Potential Hosts of the Future Obama Presidential Library

From The Barack Obama Foundation: Today, The Barack Obama Foundation issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University, and University of Hawai’i, all of which submitted their qualifications to host the future Obama Presidential Library earlier this year. The Foundation’s Request for Qualifications (RFQ), released […]

Queens Library Director Thomas Galante Placed on Indefinite Paid Leave by Library Board

From the NY Daily News: The story of embattled Queens library chief Thomas Galante entered a new chapter Thursday night after he was put on indefinite leave by the board. Galante, who has headed up the Queens public library since 2003, will get full pay [$392,000/year] while he is out on leave… But he’s banished […]

Macmillan Begins Selling eBooks To Library Consortia

The change to Macmillan’s library ebook sales policy for public libraries is effective immediately according to a post on OverDrive’s Digital Library Blog: Macmillan Publishers has made the decision to begin selling their eBooks to library consortia! [Clip] Macmillan eBooks are Metered Access eBooks available for 52 checkouts or a 24-month timeframe, whichever comes first. […]