March 30, 2015

Feedback: Letters to LJ, March 15, 2015 Issue

Elevator pitches, anger about open access, unsung heroes, and more letters to the editor from the March 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, NV; Bobby Roberts retired as Director of the Central Arkansas Library System, and more people news from the March 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

News Briefs for March 2015

IMLS announces finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service; Illinois awards $15.2 million in library grants, and more news briefs from the March 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Books for Your LGBTQ Audience

LJWebcast_LGBTQ_2015_Thumbnail_Web

Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join Bold Strokes Books and Riptide Publishing to hear about trends and the latest titles for patrons interested in LGBTQ materials. Romance, erotica, mystery, and fantasy: these publishers will cover the spectrum of hot upcoming titles for LGBTQ readers from YA to adult, allowing you to stock your shelves with don’t-miss titles that patrons will clamor for. You’ll also hear more about Library Journal’s recent coverage for the community as well. Register Now!

KY Appeals Court: Library Taxes Legal

KPLA_WebHeader

Library officials across Kentucky exhaled with relief on Friday, March 20, after the state Court of Appeals ruled that systems in two northern counties correctly and legally set their annual tax rate based on a decades-old law that allows revenue to be raised without voter approval. The decision reversed two lower-court verdicts and means the Campbell and Kenton County systems will not have to roll back their tax rates 35 years or more, which would have triggered staff layoffs, branch closures, and other draconian cuts.

Kobo Parent Acquires OverDrive

Rakuten logo

Leading library ebook distributor OverDrive was sold to Rakuten on March 19 for $410 million cash, more than 16 times OverDrive’s annual earnings of $25 million. The purchase from private equity firm Insight Venture Partners, OverDrive’s majority owner since 2010, is scheduled to close in April. OverDrive will become a subsidiary of Rakuten USA, the U.S. arm of Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. CEO Steve Potash will continue to lead OverDrive, and its headquarters will remain in Cleveland, OH.

Rebekah Willett | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Community Builders

Rebekah Willett

Through her research, teaching, and mentoring of grad students at the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M), Rebekah Willett works to narrow the gulf between the often enclosed academic arena and the outside world. “By offering students [opportunities] in ‘real world’ situations, I aim to connect their experiences to theories and ideas we’re covering in class,” deepening both, she says.

Ma. Lorna Eguia | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Community Builders

Movers2015webBigEguiaX

Ma. Lorna Eguia, a librarian at the American Corner library at the University of San Carlos in the Philippines, was just getting her new mobile library, literacy, and storytelling service, Books in Bags (BiB), off the ground when Typhoon Haiyan swept through the country in early November 2013. When her family was evacuated, Eguia grabbed a kit from BiB along with other emergency supplies. The stories and origami materials BiB contained offered a welcome treat for the children in the shelter where Eguia stayed for two days while the weather raged outside.

Cecilia Tovar | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Community Builders

Cecilia Tovar

A Mexican immigrant who grew up in an Arizona border town, Cecilia Tovar entered college thinking she’d help people by becoming a court interpreter for Spanish speakers. Instead she found her bilingual niche at the University of Arizona’s School of Information Resources and Library Science in the Knowledge River Program, which trains librarians in culturally sensitive information services for Latinos and Native Americans.

Adam Rogers | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Community Builders

Adam Rogers

Adam Rogers “is always working with an eye toward democratizing access to the latest technologies for our users,” says David Goldsmith, associate director for materials management at North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries. One of the ways Rogers does this is through his leadership of the Hunt Library Maker space, which features 3-D printing, scanning, and laser cutting; electronics prototyping kits; and workshops to acquaint potential users with these tools.