December 21, 2014

Industry News

Public Libraries: “Independent Library Report for England” Published Today

The full text report is embedded below. It was published by the UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport and the Department for Communities and Local Government Coverage of Report From the BBC Public libraries in England are “at a crossroads” and must adapt if they are to survive, an independent report into the future […]

Library Marketing…by Any Other Name | Not Dead Yet

In recent days, after running more focus groups, doing more user interviews, and working with lots of researchers, I’ve become even more aware of how much we librarians need to get the word out to our users about our wares. So I started thinking about library marketing. As soon as I thought about it, however, […]

State Library of Kansas Partners with Total BooX

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The State Library of Kansas this month has soft launched a partnership with Total BooX, the pay-as-you-read metered ebook platform, building on a statewide digital lending program that offers library patrons access to the 3M Cloud Library, Freading, Enki, OneClickdigital Audiobooks, TumbleBooks, BookFlix, and Britannica E-STAX. “We’re pretty committed to finding different [ebook] models, and […]

Queens Library Director Thomas Galante Fired by Board

Note: Almost a year after sharing our first of many posts about Thomas Galante and his job as the director of the Queens Library the story appears to have come to an end. Yesterday, Galante was fired by the Queens Library Board. Some of our previous posts and additional links can be found at the […]

Nature Allows Article Sharing—With Restrictions

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In what at first looked to be a decisive move in the direction of open access (OA), Nature Publishing Group announced December 2 that it would officially adopt two initiatives that would provide access to articles previously available exclusively by subscription. But the new features come with restrictions that many see as a nod to OA in name only, and Nature News quickly corrected its initial headline, which read “Nature Makes All Articles Free to View”—but not before it was picked up by a number of news and social media outlets.

IMLS Receives $228 Million For FY 2015 Budget, $1 Million More Than FY 2014

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services: Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed into law a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through the end of September 2015. The legislation includes $227,860,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is $1,000,000 above FY 2014 funding. The additional funds will assist with the […]

Partnerships: Second Branch of BiblioTech “All Digital” Public Library Will Open in a San Antonio Public Housing Project

A new partnership between BiblioTech (the all-digital public library in Bexar County, Texas that opened 15 months ago) and the San Antonio Housing Authority will establish a new BiblioTech branch (BiblioTech West) in the Gardens at San Juan Square public housing project. From MySanAntonio.com/Express-News: The facility will be the second walk-in branch for Bexar BiblioTech. […]

Georgia Tech Research Finds Copyright Confusion has ‘Chilling Effects’ in Online Creative Publishing

From Georgia Tech: Online content creation has become easier than ever and is quickly reaching parity with content consumption. From writing a blog or social media post to letting an app turn your photos into a video montage, anyone with an Internet connection can publish these creations with the click of a button. But in […]

Salt Lake City Public Library Proposes 24/7 Operations

Salt Lake City Library by CGP Grey

When the Salt Lake City Public Library (SLCPL) was chosen as Gale/LJ Library of the Year in 2006, then-director Nancy Tessman asserted that “the building reflects the idea of an open mind.” SLCPL’s newest proposal—to keep its main branch open 24 hours a day, seven days a week—will put that concept to the test.

Canada: The New $57.6 Million Halifax Central Library Opens! (Roundup)

Canada: The New $57.6 Million Halifax Central Library Opens!  (Roundup)

Here’s a roundup of some news coverage along with some resources to learn more about the new library. Congrats to all of those involved in making it a reality. 1. From The Canadian Press: The new Halifax Central Library officially opened its doors to the public today. At an estimated cost of $57.6 million the […]