October 19, 2017

Save the IMLS! Gale, ALA Launch New Advocacy Website

From the Website: The White House budget proposes to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and cut $186.6 million in federal funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the only direct federal library funding. Gale, a Cengage company, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) and other publishers, has […]

Intellectual Property: “New Bill Would Let Trump Pick the Next Register of Copyrights”

UPDATE: The legislation reported on below has been assigned the number H.R. 1695. UPDATE: Read the Full Text of the Legislation (PDF) UPDATE: We’ve added the full text of a statement from the Library Copyright Alliance at the bottom of this post.  —- From Andrew Albanese at Publisher’s Weekly: With a search for the next Register of […]

Gates Foundation Plans to Launch Open Access Publishing Platform Gates Open Research, This Fall

From Nature.com: One of the world’s wealthiest charities, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, is set to launch its own open-access publishing venture later this year. The initiative,Gates Open Research, was announced on 23 March and will be modelled on a service begun last year by the London-based biomedical charity, the Wellcome Trust. […]

Kansas: Bill Would Put State Library Under Legislature’s Control

From the Lawrence Journal-World: A bill pending in the Senate would make a big change to an agency that is one of the smallest in state government, yet one that has a big impact on other agencies and communities throughout the state, the Kansas State Library. [Clip] While the State Library is currently under the […]

Thirty Museums and Libraries Named Finalists for 2017 National Medal Award

From IMLS: The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 23 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches […]

Trump’s Budget Proposal Eliminates Funding For IMLS, NEA, NEH, CPB, and More

Note: We plan to update this post with additional reports, comments/reactions. and other materials as they become available. From The Washington Post: Trump’s first budget proposal, which he named “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” would increase defense spending by $54 billion and then offset that by stripping money from more than […]

Leadership: Follett Corporation Names George F. Coe as COO

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] […]

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 […]