October 19, 2014

Industry News

Appellate Court Reverses District Court Judgment in Publishers v. Georgia State U. Fair Use Case

Duke University Scholarly Communications Officer Kevin Smith shares the breaking news and some initial analysis of today’s appellate court [U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, Atlanta] ruling in a blog post titled, “A reversal for Georgia State” on the Scholarly Communications @ Duke blog. From Smith’s Blog Post: …the hot news right now is […]

Lynda.com to Offer At-Home Access for Library Users

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Lynda.com this month has soft launched lyndaLibrary, a subscription model for libraries that offers patrons unlimited offsite access to the company’s complete collection of online training resources.

Westport Maker Space Expands with Robots, SolidWorks Courses, and Volunteer Training

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The Westport Library’s ongoing efforts to support its Maker Space, including Maker in Residence programs and the recent acquisition of two programmable robots, have helped establish a virtuous cycle in which residents have begun working on their own projects and helping one another independently.

The Aspen Institute Releases “Rising to the Challenge” Report

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On October 14, the Aspen Institute released its report “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries.” The report, a product of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries (DPL), examines how U.S. public libraries are uniquely situated to advance the needs of the communities they serve—and how these communities can best respond to libraries’ needs in turn.

Public Library News Roundup (14 Stories From Around the U.S.)

Here’a a new infoDOCKET roundup with a compilation of what we hope are interesting/informative reports about a few public libraries around the U.S. All of these items were published online in the past two weeks. Alabama Athens library employee charged with stealing funds (via WAAY) Colorado Durango: How much is a library worth? (via The […]

Partnerships: PLOS, CDL, and DataONE Launch Pilot Project to Develop Data-Level Metrics

From a PLOS Blog Post by Jennifer Lin: In partnership with the University of California Curation Center at the California Digital Library, and DataONE, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new project to develop data-level metrics. This project is funded by an EAGER grant from the National Science Foundation. The project, titled “Making Data Count: […]

TSLA Wins Appeal, Texas Will Receive Full Award of Federal Library Funds

From the Texas State Library and Archives Commission: The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has won its appeal to keep its full allotment of federal funds awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Due to reductions in state funding in 2013, Texas was at risk of losing as much as $1.7 million […]

Swets Bankruptcy Recalls Fallout from RoweCom

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In a case that has drawn comparisons to the RoweCom/Faxon Library Services bankruptcy almost 12 years ago, the court of Amsterdam on Friday, September 19 granted Netherlands-based Swets & Zeitlinger Group permission to suspend payments to its creditors, and on Tuesday, September 23 accepted a bankruptcy filing from the group’s subsidiary—global subscription management provider Swets Information Services

Candidates Announced: Janes, LaRue, Porcaro, and Todaro to Vie For 2016-17 ALA Presidency

Today, the American Library Association announced that four well-known members of the library community are candidates for the 2016-17 ALA Presidency. The candidates are: Joe Janes, associate professor and chair of the MLIS program at the University of Washington Information School James La Rue, CEO of LaRue & Associates JP Porcaro, Librarian for Acquisitions and […]

Public Library News Roundup From the U.S. and Canada

Connecticut Westport: “Coming Soon to the Library: Humanoid Robots” (via WSJ) Delaware New Castle: Editorial: Don’t foul up innovative library plan (via Delaware Online) Idaho Video Report: Librarians around Idaho go high tech Illinois Chicago libraries accept immigrant licenses as ID (via AP) Michigan Brandon Township charges ex-librarian lied about skills (via Detroit News) Missouri […]