January 29, 2015

Industry News

Pilot Project: Three Chicago Public Library Branches Will Begin Lending Internet Routers and Tablets Next Month

From the Chicago Sun-Times: Chicagoans using three branch libraries — Brighton Park, Greater Grand Crossing and Douglass — will be able to check out Wi-Fi “hotspot” devices and tablets along with their books, periodicals and movies, thanks to $575,000 in grants tailor-made to bridge the digital divide. [Clip] Each of the three branch libraries will […]

Pilot Project: Three Chicago Public Library Branches Will Begin Lending Internet Routers and Tablets Next Month

From the Chicago Sun-Times: Chicagoans using three branch libraries — Brighton Park, Greater Grand Crossing and Douglass — will be able to check out Wi-Fi “hotspot” devices and tablets along with their books, periodicals and movies, thanks to $575,000 in grants tailor-made to bridge the digital divide. [Clip] Each of the three branch libraries will […]

Major Cuts Proposed for Indiana State Library Budget, Remotely Accessible Databases and Genealogy Department Targeted

Word via Fred Moss on the Records Preservation and Access Committee Blog from the Federation of Genealogical Societies. From the Blog Post: With a more than $2 billion state budget surplus, the 2015 state budget proposed by the administration provides for  a 25% cut to the Indiana State Library’s funding.  This proposal specifically targets cuts […]

Major Cuts Proposed for Indiana State Library Budget, Remotely Accessible Databases and Genealogy Department Targeted

Word via Fred Moss on the Records Preservation and Access Committee Blog from the Federation of Genealogical Societies. From the Blog Post: With a more than $2 billion state budget surplus, the 2015 state budget proposed by the administration provides for  a 25% cut to the Indiana State Library’s funding.  This proposal specifically targets cuts […]

IMLS Releases New Report With FY2012 U.S. Public Library Statistics, More Than 1.5 Billion Trips to Public Libraries During Year

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services: In 2012, Americans made 1.5 billion trips to public libraries in the United States — the equivalent of more than 4.1 million visits each day, according to new research by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The research indicates there is still a high demand […]

ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy Releases Draft of National Public Policy Agenda For Libraries

From ALA: Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) released a discussion draft policy agenda for libraries to […]

ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy Releases Draft of National Public Policy Agenda For Libraries

From ALA: Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) released a discussion draft policy agenda for libraries to […]

T160k Crowdfunds to Help Librarians Catalog Medieval Manuscripts from Timbuktu

Timbuktu Manuscript

Social Purpose Corporation T160k recently launched “Cataloging the Timbuktu Libraries,” a crowdfunding effort to help train local staff in Mali and help librarians in Timbuktu’s Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library catalog and preserve more than 400,000 ancient, fragile manuscripts.

Proposal by New Mexico State University Proposal Would Limit Access to Public Records

From the Albuquerque Journal: New Mexico State University plans to propose extensive changes to restrict the reach of the state’s public records law – amendments that transparency advocates call “troubling” and vow to fight. A document prepared by NMSU and obtained by the Journal describes a litany of proposed exemptions to the Inspection of Public Records […]

Proposal by New Mexico State University Proposal Would Limit Access to Public Records

From the Albuquerque Journal: New Mexico State University plans to propose extensive changes to restrict the reach of the state’s public records law – amendments that transparency advocates call “troubling” and vow to fight. A document prepared by NMSU and obtained by the Journal describes a litany of proposed exemptions to the Inspection of Public Records […]