November 30, 2015

Industry News

Report Details ROI on 14 Years of Citywide Library Improvement

Reinvesting and renewing for the 21st century San Francisco PL report

When the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) completed its recent 14-year Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP), the city Controller’s Office released an impact study detailing the economic benefits and returns on investment that the program stimulated throughout the city. The 68-page report, “Reinvesting and Renewing for the 21st Century: A Community and Economic Benefits Study of San Francisco’s Branch Library Improvement Program,” revealed that for every dollar invested in BLIP, San Francisco realized a return of between $5.19 and $9.11.

News Briefs for November 15, 2015

The Boatwright Memorial Library at the University of Richmond acquired the personal collection of Wyatt Tee Walker, a theologian and civil rights leader who worked with Martin Luther King Jr.; the Young Adult Library Services Association opened applications for the BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant; Independent Publishers Group has partnered with 23 new publishers for distribution; and more News in Brief from the November 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

DPLA Partners with Pop Up Archive to Make Audiovisual Content Keyword Searchable & Try For Podcast Search

Note: About six weeks ago infoDOCKET posted this roundup looking at several companies, projects, and tools that can make audio and video content keyword searchable. One of the projects we mentioned was Pop Up Archive that DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) announced a partnership with today (see below). Btw, if you want to see […]

Mesa County Libraries Launches Kickstarter for Colorado Wildlife App

Wild CO My Collection

Colorado’s Mesa County Libraries (MCL) last week launched a Kickstarter campaign in support of Wild Colorado, a mobile app that will help users identify Colorado mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles, use geolocation information to notify users what types of wildlife are likely in their vicinity, and personalize their experience by adding notes, taking photos, and sharing their sightings on social media.

Boston Public Library’s Renovated Johnson Building Will Include a Satellite TV Studio and Cafe

From the BPL: Today, the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees, voted in favor of a joint proposal from the Catered Affair and the WGBH Educational Foundation for a new retail space in the Johnson building, part of the Central Library Renovation in Copley Square. The unique collaboration will feature The Newsfeed Café and a […]

Q&A With Kelvin Watson, New CIO for Queens Library

Queens Library Chief Information and Technology Officer Kelvin Watson

Kelvin Watson last month was named Chief Innovation and Technology Officer for Queens Library (QL) in New York. In addition to his prior position as QL’s VP of digital services and strategy, Watson’s background includes positions at companies and organizations including The Library Corporation (TLC), Ingram, Borders, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is also the current president of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA).

Illinois: “Chicago Collections Brings City-Related Archives Under One Digital Roof”

From the Chicago Tribune: …Chicago Collections, a new entity bringing old entities together, is about much more than that. Call it one-stop shopping for researchers, from high school students to wizened academics. Call it a case study in inter-institutional cooperation. Call it a free website where those curious about the story of Chicago can poke […]

ProQuest Will Pilot New “Access-to-Own” Ebook Acquisition Model Beginning in Mid-2016

From PQ: ProQuest will pilot a new ebook acquisition model called “Access-to-Own.” Access-to-Own facilitates title ownership by applying budget dollars spent on rentals to perpetual purchases. The model, which utilizes Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA), addresses short-term loan (STL) pricing concerns and provides access to more front list content than may be available with short-term loans, and […]

EveryLibrary Posts Roundup of Library-Related Election Results

John Chrastka, EveryLibrary’s Founder/Executive Director, has done a superb job providing a thorough roundup and analysis of library-related election results from yesterday’s elections in the U.S. in this new “first look” blog post. EveryLibrary began in 2012 helping, public, school, and college libraries win bonding, tax, and advisory referendums.” Chrastka writes: Library elections are ‘evergreen’ […]

Kathryn Matthew To Serve as IMLS Director

Kathryn K. Matthew, Director, IMLS

The U.S. Senate announced its confirmation of Kathryn (“Kit”) Matthew as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums, on September 22. Matthew succeeds IMLS deputy director for library services Maura Marx (a 2006 LJ Mover & Shaker), who served as acting director since previous director Susan Hildreth’s term ended in January. The four-year directorship alternates between leaders from the library and the museum communities, in order to ensure representation from both sectors. President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Matthew for the position on March 10, along with nominees and appointees for several other key administrative posts.