October 31, 2014

Industry News

Termination: Swets Ending All Services in the Near Future

On September 28, 2014 we began posting about the bankruptcy of Swets. Now, five weeks later, the company says that all services will soon be terminated and asking for outstanding debts to sbe paid. Late last week Swets posted a 1700 word announcement on their web site that provided details about insolvency proceedings in the […]

Reservation Management | Product Spotlight

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Print management and computer reservation solutions are designed to help libraries cut down on waste and ensure that time on public computers is distributed fairly among patrons, with minimal staff intervention. To keep pace with current trends, several vendors have added new features to their public computer management packages in recent months, enabling patrons to print from their own mobile devices, for example. All vendors negotiate pricing on a system- by-system basis, typically according to the selection of specific options or modules, the number of branches in which the solutions will be used, and the number of public access stations at each branch. Some solutions, such as Librarica’s CASSIE and Comprise’s SAM, are designed as fully integrated systems offering a variety of management features in one package. Other providers, such as EnvisionWare, iTeam, and GoPrint, offer the option to purchase reservation and print management modules separately. However, all vendors contacted for this spotlight describe their solutions as scalable, with options available for networks with as few as five public computers.

Public Library News Roundup (15 Stories from the U.S. and Canada)

California Sonoma County Library patrons, advocates pinning hopes on Measure M (via The Press Democrat) Delaware Delaware Libraries Debut Inspiration Space (Via NewsWorks) Indiana Indianapolis: Library plans $59M in new branches, upgrades (via Indianapolis Business Journal) Louisiana Library Board will seek approval to purchase building for outreach center (via The Advocate) Maryland Annapolis library to […]

ITHAKA Sustainable Scholarship 2014 Brings Data and Process Together

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On October 20–21, scholarly nonprofit organization ITHAKA held its annual Sustainable Scholarship conference at New York City’s Wyndham Hotel. The event’s theme, “At the Starting Line,” echoed the concerns of many libraries, publishers, and institutions about the demands for change driven by today’s information marketplace.

Penguin Random House Makes Changes at Top | PubCrawl

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In three post–Labor Day memos to Penguin Random House (PRH) staff, CEO Markus Dohle detailed the formation of the Penguin Publishing Group, consolidating all Penguin adult trade publishing (Penguin Adult and Berkley/NAL) under one roof. He named Madeline McIntosh, U.S. president and COO of PRH, to head the new entity and said that longtime Penguin president Susan Petersen Kennedy would be leaving at the end of the year.

With Funding From Friends Group San Antonio Public Library Installs Digital Book Kiosks at San Antonio International Airport

From the San Antonio Business Journal: The San Antonio International Airport has unveiled two Digital Library kiosks that will allow travelers to check out digital media to take on trips. The kiosks were funded by the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library at a cost of $26,000. In addition to allowing travelers to check […]

41 Semifinalists Named in Knight Foundation News Challenge: Libraries

680 submissions to the News Challenge: Libraries were reviewed by 11 advisers and today 41 semifinalists were announced. From a Knight Foundation Blog Post: Today, we are excited to announce that 41 projects have moved to the next stage of consideration. These semifinalists will have a week to fine tune their entries before we begin […]

Court Reverses Ruling on Publishers vs. Georgia State E-Reserve Case

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On October 17 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta unanimously reversed the District Court’s ruling on the Publishers v. Georgia State University (GSU) Fair Use Case.

Omaha, Nebraska: Mayor’s Office Proposes Letting Police Check Out Library Patron Information

More privacy issues in the library world. From the Omaha World-Herald: The Omaha Mayor’s Office would like law enforcement officials to be able to access personal information from Omahans’ library cards in emergencies, setting off a debate over patrons’ privacy. Mayor Jean Stothert’s chief of staff, Marty Bilek, appeared before the Omaha Public Library’s board […]

Appellate Court Reverses District Court Judgment in Publishers v. Georgia State U. Fair Use Case

Duke University Scholarly Communications Officer Kevin Smith shares the breaking news and some initial analysis of today’s appellate court [U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, Atlanta] ruling in a blog post titled, “A reversal for Georgia State” on the Scholarly Communications @ Duke blog. From Smith’s Blog Post: …the hot news right now is […]