August 29, 2015

Industry News

Obama Foundation Releases Request for Qualifications For Architecture Firms Interested in Designing Obama Presidential Center (Library and Museum)

From the Barack Obama Foundation: Today, The Barack Obama Foundation released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) soliciting submissions from firms interested in providing architectural design services for the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). The RFQ outlines the goals of the OPC and asks for submission of credentials, references, examples of prior work, and additional materials to […]

Sunland Park Library Reopens After Three Year Hiatus

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The Sunland Park Community Library (SPCL), NM, celebrated a grand reopening on August 13th after a three-year suspension. The library had closed amid tremendous budget deficiencies, as well as allegations that the library director, among other city employees, had committed voter fraud. “It’s open 40 hours a week again,” Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea told […]

Colorado: “Arapahoe Libraries Seeking $6 Million Tax Increase This Fall”

From The Denver Post: The Arapahoe Library District will ask voters this fall to approve an annual tax increase of nearly $6 million to support updates to the district’s book selection, technology, literacy-based programs and numerous other services, the district announced this week. The district’s Board of Trustees voted to place the initiative on the […]

Arkansas: State Budget Cuts Force Pope County Libraries to Reduce Hours, Cut Book Budget

From The Courier Online: A slash in state funding for libraries prompted many changes in the Pope County Library System (PCLS). Shawn Pierce, PCLS director, explained the cuts at an Aug. 19 meeting of the Pope County Library Board. Areas of PCLS affected by decreased funds include the book budget, part-time salaries, hours of operation, […]

Syracuse University iSchool Project Tracks Election 2016 Social Media, Software Code Available via Github

From the Syracuse University iSchool: As the 2016 presidential candidates kick off their campaigns, School of Information Studies (iSchool) professor Jenny Stromer-Galley is ready to follow their social media posts, tracking what the candidates say and how the public reacts. Stromer-Galley is working with an interdisciplinary team to collect tweets and hashtags on Twitter, as […]

News Briefs | August 2015

Dayton Metro Library received a Collections Innovation Award from the Urban Libraries Council, Santa Barbara PL assumed control over Buellton Library, and more news in brief from the August 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Crossed Signals for University of Akron Press

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When the University of Akron (UA), OH, revealed plans on July 27 to restructure the University of Akron Press (UAP) and terminate its three full-time employees, the decision was met with a mixture of dismay and confusion. As part of a campus-wide effort to trim the university’s $367 million FY15 budget by $40 million before the beginning of the fall semester—which included cutting more than 200 other jobs as well as the school’s baseball program—UAP editorial and design coordinator Amy Freels and print manufacturing and digital production coordinator Carol Slatter were given two weeks’ notice. Press director Thomas Bacher was told to take two weeks’ paid leave, after which he would serve out the remainder of his contract through January 2016. Associate professor of English Jon Miller was named transitional director of the press.

DataQ, a New Collaborative Platform for Answering Research Data Questions in Academic Libraries Formally Launches

DataQ, a new platform for answering research data questions in academic libraries has formally launched online. The new resource is sponsored by: University Libraries at U. of Colorado Boulder Great Western Libraries Libraries Alliance Great Plains Network (GPN) with funding via a Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries. From […]

Smithsonian Launches Public Access Plan for Research, Materials Will Be Available Through CHORUS

From the Smithsonian Institution: The Smithsonian has released its Plan for Increased Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research, based on the principles outlined by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Through the new plan, all applicable publications and supporting data resulting from federally funded research will be available through the Smithsonian Research […]

Now Available: New Media Consortium Releases NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Library Edition

Released this morning by the New Media Consortium (NMC).  The report is a collaboration between NMC, University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zürich. The report, “explores the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context.” Direct to Full Text Report (PDF) […]