October 26, 2016

Industry News

Controversy Continues as Proposed IDPF/W3C Merger Comes to a Vote

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The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the trade and standards organization responsible for the EPUB standard for ebooks, on October 14 asked members to begin voting on a proposed merger with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the international organization that oversees standards for the web. Voting is currently scheduled to continue through November 4, but on October 19, an online petition was launched demanding that the voting stop.

News Briefs for October 1, 2016

The Arizona State Capitol launches the Arizona State Knowledge Center; IMLS issues Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program and Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants; Video Veracity and Serendipity Films receive an NEH award to help complete “Free for All: Inside the Public Library”; and more News in Brief from the October 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Open Music Library Combines Free and Subscription Databases


Academic database and streaming media publisher Alexander Street is beta testing the Open Music Library (OML), a new online resource that will eschew database paywalls, enabling non-subscribers to discover and use high-quality open access and public domain content from contributors such as the Library of Congress (LC) and the British Library (BL), while offering subscribers a seamless experience discovering and using free and for-fee content together.

Nicholas Carr | The Digital Shift


Nicholas Carr is a journalist, cultural and technology commentator, and professional skeptic on issues of the Internet, social media, and the potential consequences of our love affair with technological progress. A 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist, he has written numerous articles, essays, contributions to his blog Rough Type, and five books, including The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains and a recent collection of pieces from 2005–15, Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations (both Norton). Carr will be the opening keynote speaker at LJ and School Library Journal’s virtual conference The Digital Shift, on October 19, and LJ recently caught up with him to find out where libraries fit into his thoughts on our wired world.

Kansas City Libraries Defend Free Speech in Face of Arrests, Resignations


Two library systems in the Kansas City, MO, area have found themselves at the center of challenges to free speech. An event last spring at the Kansas City Public Library (KCPL) resulted in the arrests of a both patron who spoke at a public lecture and the librarian who defended him. And in August, at the nearby Grandview branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL), two security guards resigned in protest of a book display originally titled “Black Lives Matter,” although the library changed the title. Both incidents, while different in tenor and outcome, highlight the role of libraries as defenders of free speech and safe spaces for dissent.

Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Announces Recipients of 2016 Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions Awards at Annual Forum

From ULC: The 2016 Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions were presented during a special Innovations Celebration on October 6. The event was part of ULC’s 2016 Annual Forum. Award winners were chosen by a panel of expert judges who considered nearly 270 submissions in 10 categories that supported U.S. and Canadian public library programs focused […]

IMLS and COSLA Working Together to Study Public Library Data Collection in U.S.

The following announcement was made on October 7, 2016. From the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) have begun a project to examine, evaluate, and map the landscape of public library data […]

ALA Launches “45-115 Federal Initiative” to Promote Libraries’ National Agenda

From the American Library Association: Today the American Library Association announced the 45-115 ALA Federal Initiative to promote the capacity of libraries to advance our nation’s goals to leading federal policymakers. The campaign – named after the next President (our 45th) and the next Congress (our 115th) – will position U.S. libraries and library professionals […]

American Library Association (ALA) Begins “Rethinking” Annual Conference

From a Post on the ACRL Insider Blog by ALA Conference Committee Chair Clara N. Bohrer: The ALA Conference Committee is seeking your assistance as we rethink the ALA Annual Conference, looking at member experience, conference-based collaboration and networking, learning and sustainability. [Clip] Our focus is the best possible conference experience for all participants, forward-focused innovation, and […]

Missouri: “Kansas City Library Officials Defend Employee Arrested During Public Event”

UPDATE October 3, 2016 ALA President Julie Todaro Responds to Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library Free Speech Arrests From The Kansas City Star: Kansas City Public Library officials said Friday they are outraged that the city continues to pursue the prosecution of an employee and a patron arrested at a public event earlier this year. […]