June 25, 2017

Industry News

Library Ideas Launches Movie and TV “Hotspots”

Library Ideas, developer of the Freading ebook and Freegal music solutions for libraries, is launching the GoChip Beam, a new type of device for lending movies and television series. Each GoChip Beam device contains a small Wi-Fi router, rechargeable battery, and solid state storage preloaded with five feature length movies or an entire season of a television series, all enclosed in a 3.5″ x 1″ stick.

Marmot Launches Digital Archive

Marmot Library Network has developed a Digital Archive and repository solution, enabling its member libraries to showcase digitized collections of images, postcards, books, magazines, videos, recorded oral histories, music, and academic research. Users can discover archive content from throughout the multi-type consortium with a simple catalog search.

Remembering Ray Lyons

It is with great sadness that I report the untimely passing on May 14, 2017, of Ray Lyons, my collaborator in the creation of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service and my coauthor for the annual November cover story on the nation’s Star Libraries.

OverDrive to Introduce Cost Per Circ Option

OverDrive announced last week that Simon & Schuster Audio, Baker Publishing, and Lerner Publishing will be making ebooks and audiobooks available for licensing on the OverDrive platform via a cost-per-circ (CPC) model later this year.

Report: Montana State Library Braces For “Dramatic” Budget Cuts and Staff Reductions

From the Great Falls Tribune: The Montana State Library Commission is having a public meeting Tuesday to discuss a reduction plan that includes budget cuts ranging as high as $990,000, in part triggered by recent legislation, and slashing staff by as much as 27 percent. “These are the most dramatic cuts we have ever faced,” […]

Academic Libraries Implement New ILS, IR Developed by CERN

Millersville University and Caltech have recently implemented library systems developed by TIND, a commercial spin-off of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). TIND’s suite of solutions is based on CERN’s open source Invenio Digital Library Framework.

News Briefs for May 1, 2017

BiblioCommons to partner with Bullfrog Power, State Library of Ohio and the University of Iowa Libraries are the newest FIPNet Preservation Steward Libraries, Saul Bellow’s papers will go to the University of Chicago Library; and more News in Brief from the May 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Michele Kimpton Named Interim Executive Director at DPLA

From the Digital Public Library of America: As part of DPLA’s ongoing transition to a new executive director, the Board of Directors has named Michele Kimpton the interim executive director until a new executive director is hired. Kimpton is currently the Business Development Director and Senior Strategist at DPLA, and has been working on sustainability models, an ebook […]

Ex Libris President, Matti Shem Tov, Named New CEO of ProQuest

Here’s the full text of today’s change of leadership announcement that we just received: Matti Shem Tov, President of Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, will succeed Kurt Sanford as CEO of ProQuest in 2017. ProQuest’s success under Mr. Sanford’s direction and the development of a strong leadership team set the stage for Mr. Shem Tov to […]

President Donald Trump’s FY2018 Budget Cuts Nearly All Funding for IMLS, NEA, CPB, Others

While not a surprise, we’re nevertheless sad and upset to report that the just released FY2018 Budget of the United submitted to Congress today by President Trump eliminates nearly all of   funding for  IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The few […]