May 25, 2015

Gary Price

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

OCLC Plans to Lay Off 27 Employees at Dublin, Ohio World Headquarters

,From The Columbus Dispatch: OCLC will lay off 27 employees at its Dublin operation in a move to readjust staffing “in line with future needs.” [Clip] Over the last five years, OCLC has been in a period of significant investment in new products and services,” the nonprofit computer-service and research organization said in a statement. […]

Marc Andreessen and His Wife are Partnering With HP to Donate Computers to Baltimore and Ferguson Libraries

From the USA Today: Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen [also developer of Mozilla (first visual web browser) that became Netscape where he was co-founder] and the and his wife, philanthropist and educator Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, have teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to donate nearly $170,000 worth of computers, printers and other equipment. The couple says they were moved […]

Massachusetts: Rembrandt, Dürer Works Valued at More than $600,000 Missing from Boston Public Library

From the Boston Globe: Police are investigating the disappearance of two works of art worth more than $600,000, including a print of a Rembrandt self-portrait, that went missing last month from the Boston Public Library’s flagship branch in Copley Square, authorities said Tuesday. A report from the Boston Police Department’s Anti-Corruption Unit states that officers […]

ALA and Internet Archive are Part of Coalition Urging President Obama to Support Strong Data Encryption and Oppose Surveillance “Backdoors”

A letter signed by over 150 organizations and individuals including the American Library Association, EPIC,  Internet Archive, and The Tor Project was sent to the White House today by the New America’s Open Technology Institute. From the Announcement: The letter, signers of which include technology industry giants such as Apple and Google, is the latest round in the ongoing […]

Georgia: Library System Seeks Additional $200K From County as State Continues To Slash Budget

From the Gainesville Times: In some ways, the Hall County Library System is a microcosm of how budget cuts impacted public services during the economic recession. [Clip] And a double whammy of cuts from the local and state level “made it really difficult” for the library system in recent years, said Hall County Commission Chairman […]

Baltimore: “Pratt Library Gets Grant After Staying Open Despite Riots”

From CBS Baltimore: Throughout the riots and looting that overtook our city during the Freddie Gray protests, several businesses stayed open despite the danger. The PNC Foundation is now recognizing one of those businesses located in the hardest hit area. The PNC Foundation isn’t the only one to recognize the library as a beacon of […]

Project to Revise National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Standards and Guidelines Getting Underway

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (part of the Library of Congress) plans to hire the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), an ALA division, to revise the Standards and Guidelines of Service for the Library of Congress Network of Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The current […]

Official Announcement: Barack Obama Foundation Selects Chicago as Home for Future Barack Obama Center and Presidential Library

From the Foundation: The Barack Obama Foundation announced today that the future Barack Obama Presidential Center – which will include the library, museum, as well as office and activity space for the Foundation – will be located on Chicago’s South Side. The Foundation – led by close family and friends of President Obama – will […]

Arizona: Budget and Staffing Issues Force Pima County Public Library to End Sunday Hours at Eight Branches

From the PCPL Web Site: Executive Director Melinda Cervantes said that the decision to reduce the hours of operation was very difficult, but the change was necessary to address understaffing the department has faced for the past few years that has led to reductions in services. “In addition to less revenue coming in and increased […]

Australia: “New South Wales Public Library System Now at Crisis Point”

From the Sydney Morning Herald: Originally the state government paid half the cost of public libraries in NSW. By 1980 this had dwindled to 23.5 per cent. Now it is less than 8 cents in every dollar with councils picking up nearly 93 per cent of the bill. The NSW Public Libraries Association says the […]