In an internal Random House memo, Jen Childs, director of Library Marketing, reported that the department’s latest initiative, First Look Book Club, took off to a roaring start in February, with 2,500 subscribers opting in. The club, a new book discovery tool, is an offshoot of Suzanne Beecher’s Dear Reader, which began offering five-minute chapter snippets in 2000. While many libraries subscribe to Dear Reader for a fee (it is free to library patrons), the First Look Book Club is free to all and goes direct to librarians, patrons, and “book lovers everywhere,” said Childs, with one Random House title featured each week.
Controversy over reading selections at a pair of colleges in South Carolina last year has reared its head again, and this time it may result in budget cuts for the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate. The budget committee in the state House of Representatives recommended budget cuts totaling $70,000 for the two schools, which assigned incoming students and others to read literature about LGBT issues last year.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s Proposed Budget Will Include Money For Six-Day Service at All Library Branches
UPDATED March 7, 2014 From the Philadelphia Inquirer: Mayor Nutter’s proposal to boost the Free Library’s budget by $2.5 million, however, could make [Liz] Heideman’s [a childrens library at the Free Library of Philadelphia] job better than it has been in a while. In the economic downturn of 2008, [Mayor Michael] Nutter cut $8 million […]
The Thomas Galante/Queens Public Library story continues today with the NY Daily News reporting that the FBI, federal prosecutors, and NYC’s Department of Investigation have begun an investigation of Queens Library Director, Thomas Galante. From a NYDN Article: The first sign of the joint probe came Friday when agents for the FBI and DOI suddenly […]
From Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly: Rowman & Littlefield has announced a new partnership to provide e-books directly to the Douglas County Libraries (DCL) E-Book platform. Under terms of the deal, R&L will be provide its e-books at a flat discount directly to the library, which will then own, and host the e-books on its […]
UPDATE Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director of the American Library Association’s Washington Office, comments on the budget request in the District Dispatch post, “Federal library funding cut in proposed budget”. President Obama released his FY2015 budget request today (via FDsys). A mobile version of the document is also available at: http://m.gpo.g/budget/ Here’s some background about the $226,448,000 portion […]
Gale Announces Plans to Rebrand Virtual Reference Library & Launch New eBook Collections, New Publishing Program
Today, Gale shared news about new initiatives, content, and the rebranding of the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Rebranding of Gale Virtual Reference Library The company plans to combine the reference content from its 90 publishing partners with monographs and multimedia content, such as videos… Addition of STEM E-book Titles Gale will now provide science, technology, […]
Bob Pasicznyuk started as director of of Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA, in 2009, a year after the city’s main branch had been entirely destroyed by flooding. Pasicznyuk came from his position as Associate Director at Douglas County Libraries, CO, to take the helm of a team that had collectively won Library Journal’s 2009 Librarian of the Year award and led the rebuilding of Cedar Rapids Library. Now, he’s returning to Douglas County to take over following the retirement of long-time director Jamie LaRue. Library Journal spoke with Pasicznyuk about his return to Colorado.
Michigan: Ann Arbor District Library Partners with Local Music Label to Offer 250+ DRM-Free Downloads and Streams
Cool! Yet another excellent example of a public library helping to promote awareness, discovery, and access to locally created content from a locally a owned business. From MLive.com: The Ann Arbor District Library has partnered with local music label Ghostly International to offer free downloads and streaming of more than 150 Ghostly albums, and more […]
Georgia Supreme Court Ruling Reinforces Inmates’ Rights to Access Prison Libraries, Legal Assistance
From the AP (via AJC.com): A Georgia Supreme Court ruling reinforces inmates’ rights to access prison libraries and legal assistance. In an opinion released Monday, the high court says a trial court erred when it barred an inmate from filing a petition to force prison officials to give him access to a law library. Read […]