September 18, 2014

Industry News

Libraries Welcome Writers in Residence

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Libraries have always been second homes to many writers. Two programs are hoping to further encourage that relationship starting this fall and into the future. The Public Library of Cincinnati’s Writer-In-Residence program and the CHP in the Stacks residency program from publishing company Coffee House Press (CHP) will give select writers stipends to do their work in a library while helping publicize that library’s resources to the community.

Queens Library CEO Galante Placed on Administrative Leave

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Thomas W. Galante, the embattled president and CEO of the Queens Library in New York, on the evening of September 11 was placed on indefinite, paid administrative leave by the library’s recently reorganized board, following months of negative local news coverage regarding his $392,000 salary, his consulting work, library renovation projects that included his office, and an FBI investigation regarding QL’s procedures for awarding construction contracts.

Chattanooga Library Board Responds to Audit’s Allegations

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Last week the board of the Chattanooga Public Library (TN) responded to a city audit released in late August, which criticized Library Director and LJ librarian of the year Corinne Hill and top staffers for receiving excess travel reimbursements (since repaid), and stated that two employees have been reported to the state for suspected fraud for taking paid speaking and consultant jobs on library time.

Pew Report Finds Millennials Are Readers, Library Users

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Younger Americans and Public Libraries examines the ways Millennials—those born between 1985 and 1998—engage with libraries, and how they see libraries’ roles in their lives and communities

Queens Library Director Thomas Galante Placed on Indefinite Paid Leave by Library Board

From the NY Daily News: The story of embattled Queens library chief Thomas Galante entered a new chapter Thursday night after he was put on indefinite leave by the board. Galante, who has headed up the Queens public library since 2003, will get full pay [$392,000/year] while he is out on leave… But he’s banished […]

Macmillan Begins Selling eBooks To Library Consortia

The change to Macmillan’s library ebook sales policy for public libraries is effective immediately according to a post on OverDrive’s Digital Library Blog: Macmillan Publishers has made the decision to begin selling their eBooks to library consortia! [Clip] Macmillan eBooks are Metered Access eBooks available for 52 checkouts or a 24-month timeframe, whichever comes first. […]

Free Library of Philadelphia Receives $25 Million Grant For Central and Branch Library Renovations

The $25 million grant is the largest grant ever given by the William Penn Foundation. It’s also the largest grant ever received by the Free Library of Philadelphia. The renovations are part of the just announced 21st Century Libraries Initiative. From The Philadelphia Inquirer: The Free Library will receive $25 million from William Penn over […]

Europe: “Libraries May Be Permitted To Digitise Books Without Copyright Owner’s Consent, EU High Court Rules”

From Intellectual Property Watch: European Union governments may allow libraries to digitise books in their collection without rights owners’ consent in order to make them available at electronic reading posts, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said on 11 September. If library users want to print works out on paper or store them on a […]

North Carolina State U. Library Awarded Grant to Develop Social Media Collection, Curation, and Preservation Toolkit

Some news from Wolfpack Country! The toolkit that is discussed below is scheduled to be released during Summer 2015. From NCSU Libraries: The North Carolina State University Libraries has been awarded a grant to tackle a significant emerging opportunity for academic libraries and the historians, social scientists, and other researchers that they support: how best […]

University of Texas at Austin Police Report Phishing Scheme Impersonating UT Libraries

From The Daily Texan: An unknown suspect used the UT Libraries interface and a fraudulent email address to launch a targeted phishing attack affecting students at the University. UTPD first reported the attack on Aug. 13 after several students received suspicious emails with the title “*Subject: **UTexas Library System Problem*.” According to UTPD spokeswoman Cindy Posey, […]