January 21, 2017

Industry News

Lisa Lucas: The National Book Foundation and Libraries

Lisa Lucas
Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

In March, Lisa Lucas will complete her first year as executive director of the National Book Foundation (NBF). Lucas took the reins of the nonprofit, which oversees the 67-year-old National Book Awards (NBA), when Harold Augenbraum stepped down. She has her sights set on further enlarging NBF’s reach; LJ caught up with Lucas to find out more about what she has planned and how libraries fit into the NBF’s vision.

NYPL, Macmillan Launch Publishing Partnership

Will Schwalbe
Photo credit: Josef Astor

New York Public Library (NYPL) and big-five publisher Macmillan have reached an agreement that will see Macmillan release children’s and adult books inspired by and sourced at the library, making NYPL’s famed collection available to a broader audience.

WhiteSpace Project Could Grow Rural Broadband Access

Libraries WhiteSpace Project

Leveraging TV white space (TVWS)—unused, license-exempt portions of the radio spectrum that have been traditionally allocated to television broadcasters—could expand broadband Internet access in rural areas. The San Jose State University (SJSU) School of Information, in partnership with the Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN), has been assessing ways to do so through the Libraries WhiteSpace Project.

Public Libraries Grapple with Hate Incidents

Evanston Public Library
By Amerique [CC BY 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

From the run-up to the 2016 presidential election to its aftermath, incidents of hatred, anger, and intolerance have been on the rise across the country and beyond. Academic libraries have been the sites of several incidents, as have schools. Even public libraries, generally thought of as safe spaces for their communities, have not been immune.

Library for All Begins Scaling Up | Q&A with Isabel Sheinman

Isabel Sheinman Library for All

Library for All, a nonprofit organization that has created a digital library solution designed to deliver ebooks and high-quality educational materials to children and readers in developing countries, was recently honored with an Empowering People Award. The global competition held by the Siemens Stiftung foundation is designed to find the most innovative technology solutions currently improving people’s lives in the developing world.

HighWire Press Acquires Semantico

HighWire Press logo

Scholarly publishing company HighWire Press on December 12 announced the acquisition of Semantico, a UK-based technology provider for academic publishers.

ITHAKA’s Next Wave: How Macro Changes in Higher Ed Shape Strategy

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For its 2016 Next Wave conference, scholarly nonprofit organization ITHAKA brought together nearly 200 academic librarians, publishers, technology partners, and scholars at New York’s Roosevelt Hotel on November 30 to take a look at what may lie ahead for academia. “The Bigger Picture: How Macro Changes in Higher Education Should Shape Your Strategy” condensed what had previously been spread over two days into one all-day session, with a strong focus on academic professionals’ take on the landscape.

News Briefs for December 2016

Harvard University Press extends agreements with PubFactory; Loudoun County PL, VA, earns National Association of Counties Achievement Award; James C. Jernigan Library at Texas A&M University–Kingsville named the 2016 Federal Depository Library of the Year; and more News in Brief from the December 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Missouri: Kansas City Public Library Investigates Swastika Graffiti Found Inside Central Library

From KCUR Radio: Kansas City Public Library officials say they plan on pressing charges after several marks of racist, misogynistic and anti-Semitic graffiti were found inside the Central Library location downtown Sunday. [Clip] “Something of this magnitude has never happened at our library, and all of us our shaking our heads because we are so […]

Government Website Harvest Enlists Librarians, Educators, Students

End of Term Harvest session at New York Academy of Medicine
Photo credit: Debbie Rabina

As the United States—and the world—prepare for the January 20, 2017 presidential inauguration, libraries, institutions, and citizens are joining forces to identify federal government websites to be captured and saved in the End of Term (EOT) Web Archive.