Note: The full text of the article is for subscribers only. However, if you don’t subscribe you can use the link to read the full text via the Google cache. From the Wall Street Journal (subs only) or Access for Non-Subs via Google Cache: At least 75 of the 8,951 public-library systems in the U.S. are [...]
From The Daily Herald: A controversial book removed in April from eighth-grade classrooms at Hadley Junior High School in Glen Ellyn will be back on the shelves when students return to class in the fall. The Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 school board voted 6-1 Monday to overturn the decision by a previous board to [...]
Report: “Library and Archives Canada Private Deal Would Take Millions of Documents Out of Public Domain”
UPDATE: Library and Archives paywall delayed until fall (via CBC) Note: This is the Tumblr post referenced in the article. – From the Ottawa Citizen: Library and Archives Canada has entered a hush-hush deal with a private high-tech consortium that would hand over exclusive rights to publicly owned books and artifacts for 10 years. The [...]
John Wilkin Named Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Will Leave Exec Director Position at HathiTrust
UPDATE 4:15 PM: Wilkin Will Also Be Stepping Down as Executive Director Position of HathiTrust Details at the bottom of this post. — John Wilkin is moving to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to become Dean of Libraries and University Librarian. Wilkin will arrive at the U of I from Ann Arbor where most recently he was Associate University Librarian for Publishing at the University of Michigan as well as Executive Director of HathiTrust.
From The Recorder (via Boston Herald and AP): Once central to any quest to locate books within a library, the fate of card catalogs was sealed with the rise of the Internet and computer searches, relegating many of those index cards to the country’s basements, storage cabinets and trash bins. But on a wall in in the corner of Greenfield Community College’s Nahman-Watson Library, 128 artifacts from the library’s card catalog hang preserved in a glass case — signed by the authors who penned the very books to which the cards once led.
Last night (Wed), news broke that Verizon has been providing the U.S. government access to phone records (metadata) from Verizon. This afternoon the ALA shared their views on Verizon story. Internet Data Providers and the NSA. Tonight, reports from The Guardian (they broke the Verizon story) and the Washington Post about the NSA (National Security Agency) having direct access to user data via the servers of Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, and others via a secret project named PRISM.
UPDATED 5:55pm: Full Text of President Obama’s Remarks UPDATE 4:35pm: Comment from ALA President Maureen Sullivan UPDATED 3:15pm: News Release from White House About ConnectedED UPDATED 3:14pm: The White House has posted about the thoughts the ConnectedED initiative in this blog post. From The NY Times: President Obama is expected on Thursday [remarks scheduled at 2:55 PM EDST] to call on the Federal Communications Commission to expand its program to provide discounted high-speed Internet service to schools and libraries, even if it means increasing the fees that are tacked on to consumers’ monthly phone bills.
From a Seattle Public Library Announcement: It took a total of seven hours of setup and five tries, but at around 11 p.m. Friday, May 31, The Seattle Public Library set the world’s record for the longest book domino chain. (Note: Confirmation pending from recordsetter.com). The record-breaking event was held on the third floor of [...]
From the Salt Lake Tribune: The long search for an executive director of the Salt Lake City Public Library System is over. Say hello to John G. Spears, 39, who has been director of the Naperville Public Library in suburban Chicago. Compensation for the Salt Lake City post includes an annual salary that ranges from [...]
UPDATED POST (June 12, 2013): Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed the ebook-public library study legislation (An Act Concerning a Study Regarding the Availability of Electronic Books to Users of Public Libraries, HB 5614) into law last week. From a Statement by Connecticut Library Association President, Richard Conroy: The act requires the Commissioner of Consumer Protection to conduct a study [...]