May 22, 2015

Industry News

10 Branches Win NYC Neighborhood Library Awards

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NYC Neighborhood Libraries_groupLibrary leaders, staff, friends, and council members gathered May 20 in a grand celebration atop New York City’s Hearst Tower to for the second NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. This year, the Charles H. Revson Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation teamed up to make the awards even more impactful, doubling the total award amounts and creating strong engagement with library users along the way. The ten winning branch libraries were selected from more than 13,000 nominations. The five winners, which each received $20,000, are: Langston Hughes Library, Corona (Queens); Mott Haven Library, Mott Haven (the Bronx); New Lots Library, East New York (Brooklyn); Parkchester Library, Parkchester (the Bronx); and Stapleton Library, Stapleton (Staten Island).

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 […]

Stacey Aldrich: A Sense of Aloha

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Stacey Aldrich was named state librarian of Hawaii on February 18 by the Hawaii Board of Education, filling the position vacated by former state librarian Richard Burns when he retired in in December 2014. Aldrich, a 2003 LJ Mover & Shaker, is no stranger to state libraries: She served as state librarian for California from 2009–12 and as deputy secretary for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries of Pennsylvania from 2012 until this year.

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 […]