April 15, 2014

Industry News

ALA Releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report Including List of Most Challenged Books of 2013

The full text report (HTML) is available here. A PDF version is “coming soon” according to ALA. Highlights From the Report (via ALA News Release and Report Intro): Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the […]

The Authors Guild Files Brief in Google Books Appeal & Proposes That Congress Establish a National Digital Library

From the Associated Press: “Saying Google Inc. is stealing business from online book retailers, the Authors Guild asked a federal appeals court Friday to reinstate its lawsuit contending that the Internet giant is violating copyright laws with its massive book digitization project.” From the Authors Guild News Release: “Without the permissions that Amazon had painstakingly […]

Florida: Without More Tax Dollars, Miami-Dade Library System Would Fire More Than Half its Full-Time Staff

Note: Two related items are linked at the bottom of this post. From the Miami Herald: Without more tax dollars, Miami-Dade County’s library system would fire 56 percent of its full-time staff and bring on part-time workers to operate branches that will see hours cut by an average of 35 percent, according to a document […]

OSU Libraries Offer Open Access Etextbooks to Students

OSU Valley Library

Oregon State University (OSU) is helping faculty produce their own open access textbooks for courses. The university press, an arm of the OSU libraries, is starting work on a series of open source e-textbooks that officials hope will ease the rising textbook costs that are a consistent cause of student complaints. To make the etextbook program work, the library and press are partnering with OSU’s Ecampus program, which administers distance and online learning programs for the college.

Chicago Leads Pack of Early Candidates for Obama Presidential Library

For over a year now, speculation has been swirling about who will throw their hats in the ring to host the future Obama Presidential Library. The city of Chicago—the Obamas’ pre-presidential hometown—is the obvious choice, but not the only contender. The University of Hawaii at Honolulu, near the President’s childhood home, and New York City’s Columbia University, the President’s alma mater, are also likely bidders.

Penguin Random House Releases First Annual Report Following Merger

Penguin Random House Logo

Nine months after the merger of two of the biggest names in the publishing world, stakeholders and industry watchers may have their first good idea of what to expect from the newly created book giant Penguin Random House (PRH). The company released the results of its 2013 fiscal year, and the details paint a rosy picture for investors, even while executives say there is a lot of work left to be done merging the former Penguin and Random House business operations.

American Library Association to Host Invitational Summit on Future of Libraries

We hope the summit [info below] includes a discussion about some of these issues: What can we do to bring knowledge of what libraries have to offer to more people? Are we doing enough to let people know that many (not all but many) library resources and tools are accessible 24x7x365. Pew studies during the […]

First “Library Edition” of Startup Weekend Held in Toronto

First “Library Edition” of Startup Weekend Held in Toronto

Here’s news of a cool event that was held in one of our most favorite cities, Toronto. The first ever Startup Weekend anywhere in the world focusing on creating, “dynamic solutions to issues facing libraries today” was held at Mozilla’s offices in Toronto last weekend. First, what is Startup Weekend? Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and […]

Queens Public Library Board Votes Not to Suspend the Library’s Director, Thomas Galante

From the NY Daily News: Following a five-hour meeting, much of it behind closed doors, the library’s board voted 9-9 not to force director Thomas Galante to take a leave of absence. The tie meant the motion to suspend did not carry. One board member, Terri Mangino, arrived from Florida at the last minute to […]

New York State Will Increase Funding for Libraries by More Than $1 Million

From the Watertown Daily Times:  The state budget includes significant support for local libraries, rejecting Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed $4 million cut while increasing funding for libraries across the state by $1 million over last year’s budget. “Our Legislature did a great job reversing Cuomo’s cuts,” said Stephen B. Bolton, director of the North […]