December 18, 2014

Industry News

Nature Allows Article Sharing—With Restrictions

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In what at first looked to be a decisive move in the direction of open access (OA), Nature Publishing Group announced December 2 that it would officially adopt two initiatives that would provide access to articles previously available exclusively by subscription. But the new features come with restrictions that many see as a nod to OA in name only, and Nature News quickly corrected its initial headline, which read “Nature Makes All Articles Free to View”—but not before it was picked up by a number of news and social media outlets.

Partnerships: Second Branch of BiblioTech “All Digital” Public Library Will Open in a San Antonio Public Housing Project

A new partnership between BiblioTech (the all-digital public library in Bexar County, Texas that opened 15 months ago) and the San Antonio Housing Authority will establish a new BiblioTech branch (BiblioTech West) in the Gardens at San Juan Square public housing project. From MySanAntonio.com/Express-News: The facility will be the second walk-in branch for Bexar BiblioTech. […]

Georgia Tech Research Finds Copyright Confusion has ‘Chilling Effects’ in Online Creative Publishing

From Georgia Tech: Online content creation has become easier than ever and is quickly reaching parity with content consumption. From writing a blog or social media post to letting an app turn your photos into a video montage, anyone with an Internet connection can publish these creations with the click of a button. But in […]

Salt Lake City Public Library Proposes 24/7 Operations

Salt Lake City Library by CGP Grey

When the Salt Lake City Public Library (SLCPL) was chosen as Gale/LJ Library of the Year in 2006, then-director Nancy Tessman asserted that “the building reflects the idea of an open mind.” SLCPL’s newest proposal—to keep its main branch open 24 hours a day, seven days a week—will put that concept to the test.

Canada: The New $57.6 Million Halifax Central Library Opens! (Roundup)

Canada: The New $57.6 Million Halifax Central Library Opens!  (Roundup)

Here’s a roundup of some news coverage along with some resources to learn more about the new library. Congrats to all of those involved in making it a reality. 1. From The Canadian Press: The new Halifax Central Library officially opened its doors to the public today. At an estimated cost of $57.6 million the […]

France: Agreement Signed to Facilitate E-Lending in French Public Libraries

From an IFFRO (International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations Announcement: An innovative agreement was announced on 8 December in Paris to facilitate e-lending in French public libraries. Twelve recommendations are set out in the agreement in order to make available digital editorial output within and outside the public libraries’ premises while ensuring fair remuneration for […]

EasyBib Compares Two Years of Information Literacy Data

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Students’ confidence radically mismatches librarians’ assessment of their skills, two reports from EasyBib conclude, particularly in website evaluation, paraphrasing and direct quotation. Also, students are using the open web less often they were two years ago, and dramatically more librarians are stressing the role of faculty in promoting information literacy. The first report, Trends in Information Literacy: A Comparative View, was published in May 2014; the second, Perspectives on Student Research Skills in K-12 and Academic Communities, came out the following October; taken together, the two reveal some thought-provoking data on information literacy across the country.

California: Driving New Toyota Priuses Fresno County Librarians Leave The Branch Behind, Hit The Road

From the Fresno Bee: Seven Fresno County librarians are fanning out in brand new Toyota Priuses to meet one-on-one with business owners or nonprofits, attend community events and inform the public about free services the library system offers. The Library Without Walls (WoW!) program has been under way for about nine months but reached full staffing in […]

What Makes the Charleston Conference SO Darn Good? | Not Dead Yet

Cheryl LaGuardia

I recently got back from the 2014 Charleston Conference (CC), and once again, Katina Strauch and Co. hit a bases-loaded home run with it. I’m incredibly rejuvenated, reinvigorated, and inspired—and based on what I hear from friends and colleagues, that’s the effect this conference has on lots of folks. Just what is it about the […]

New York Public Library Expands Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Loan Program

UPDATE: Here’s the official news release (with additional details) from NYPL. It includes the following: Google’s $1 million donation, along with a $500,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Robin Hood Foundation, will allow the program to expand this fall […]