February 20, 2017

Industry News

Leadership: Follett Corporation Names George F. Coe as COO

George Coe

From Follett: Follett Corporation President and CEO Ray A. Griffith today announced the appointment of George F. Coe to Chief Operating Officer for Follett Corporation and Baker & Taylor, effective March 31. In this expanded role, Coe will develop and lead the execution of Follett’s enterprise strategies and direct the company’s businesses, initiatives and resources […]

Bill To Make U.S. Copyright Office a Legislative Branch Agency Sent to House Judiciary Committeelj

The “Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act” [HR 890]  was introduced in the United States of House of Representatives by Rep. Tom Marino [R-PA], Rep. Judy Chu [D-CA], and Rep. Barbara Comstock [R-VA] on February 6, 2017 and immediately referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. The bill was had been introduced [HR 4241] […]

The Devalued MLIS: ALA’s Leader Must Be a Librarian | Blatant Berry

John Berry III

For nearly all 140 years of the existence of the American Library Association (ALA), its Executive Director (ED) has been a professional librarian. Today, the credential required to ensure that the ED is a librarian is the Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree. However, a group of ALA councilors and Executive Board members apparently wanted to change that.

AR, VR Lead Top Tech Trends Discussion | ALA Midwinter 2017

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The LITA Top Tech Trends panel at ALA Midwinter covered augmented reality, virtual reality, trends in teaching and technology, gamification, community driven technology innovation, and more.

ALA Denounces Recent FCC Lifeline Revocations, Report Retractions

UPDATE: We’ve embedded the full text of the retracted report and retraction announcement below. UPDATE: We’ve linked to statements from the FCC Chairman and Other FCC About the Decisions Made on Friday. From the ALA: On February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revoked all of the designations of Lifeline Broadband Providers and ordered […]

Ohio: “Governor Kasich Touts Libraries As Way To Help With Online Training, But Cuts Library Funding”

From The Columbus Dispatch: When Gov. John Kasich rolled out his new two-year state budget last week, he talked about leveraging the strength of Ohio’s public libraries, turning them into “continuous learning centers.” Kasich’s budget also cuts the state public library fund by nearly $7 million next year. Ohio’s public library system has long been […]

Ohio: “Governor Kasich Touts Libraries As Way To Help With Online Training, But Cuts Library Funding”

From The Columbus Dispatch: When Gov. John Kasich rolled out his new two-year state budget last week, he talked about leveraging the strength of Ohio’s public libraries, turning them into “continuous learning centers.” Kasich’s budget also cuts the state public library fund by nearly $7 million next year. Ohio’s public library system has long been […]

ALA Issues Statement in Full Support of NEH and NEA

From the American Library Association (Full Text): Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. “For more than 50 years, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) have […]

Altmetrics: Plum Analytics Acquired by Elsevier

Note: Plum Analytics has been acquired by Elsevier. The altmetrics provided had been part of EBSCO since January 2014. From an Introductory Post by Andrea Michalek, Co-Founder of Plum Analytics: Combining with Elsevier means we can take our approach to measuring research impact to a wider audience. We will benefit from greater development resources and access to a […]

Utah: “Senate Panel OKs Bill to Block Pornography on Library Wi-Fi”

From the Associated Press: A group of Utah senators signed off Tuesday on the first of two proposals this year continuing a lawmaker’s campaign against pornography. Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, led an effort last year for Utah to declare pornography a public health crisis, contending that pornography is addictive and distorts children’s thinking about […]