February 27, 2015

Industry News

ALA, ARL Applaud FCC Vote on Net Neutrality

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In a significant victory for supporters of Net Neutrality, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today reclassified broadband Internet as a public utility, and established a new Open Internet Order that applies to both fixed and mobile broadband. The new Open Internet Order includes three “bright line” rules, specifically banning broadband providers from blocking access to legal content, applications, and services; impairing access to content, applications, and services; and prioritizing Internet traffic in exchange for “consideration of any kind.”

Most Funding for the Indiana State Library Restored in Latest Proposed Budget

From the Evansville Courier & Press: The Indiana State Library could avoid big funding cuts proposed by Gov. Mike Pence now that legislators are making changes to the state’s spending plan. Pence’s budget proposal would have axed the state library’s funding by 24 percent, some $2 million, forcing the downtown Indianapolis library to eliminate many […]

EBSCO Buys YBP

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EBSCO Information Services has acquired YBP Library Services from Baker & Taylor, the company announced on February 20. YBP specializes in delivering shelf-ready books in both print and electronic forms to the academic library market, with more than 12 million titles in its Global Online Bibliographic Information (GOBI), including more than one million digital titles. […]

Official: EBSCO Acquires YBP

UPDATE 2:45 PM: We’ve added links to comments from ProQuest re:GOBI at the bottom of this post. Here’s the official announcement from EBSCO about today’s acquisition of YBP Library Services. More to come on infoDOCKET and on Library Journal. From EBSCO: EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is announcing a significant investment in the library workflow with […]

Massachusetts: Public Libraries Pushing For 50% Boost in State Funding

From MassLive/The Republican: Public libraries are hoping for a significant boost in state aid this year after a long period of spare funding, said Mary Kronholm, a Blandford resident and a member of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. As budget season approaches, the commissioners are pushing for a 50 percent boost in “line item […]

Koha Announces Support and Funding From EBSCO, Will “Ensure Long-Term Viability” of the Open Source ILS

Interesting! We’ve asked for some more details about the following news. If/when we hear back we will update. From Today’s Announcement: Together the two [Koha and EBSCO] are working to provide a viable web-based, open source ILS for libraries of all types. Koha libraries reached out to EBSCO for support of some important projects, and […]

Alabama: “Funding Tight For Smaller Rural Libraries”

From the Dothan Eagle: Nancy Pack, the director of the Alabama Public Library Service, said tough financial times hitting area businesses and government agencies haven’t left libraries untouched. Pack said libraries across the state have seen drops in funding from the federal, state and local levels. “Libraries aren’t getting as much money as they did […]

LITA Members Talk Tech Trends | ALA Midwinter 2015

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Five experts discussed the latest in library tech during the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) Top Technology Trends panel at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter 2015 conference in Chicago. In front of a full house despite the snowstorm outside, the lively discussion of trends ranged from coding classes for girls to the growing infrastructure demands of open access publishing.

ALA Presidential Candidates Present Their Platforms | ALA Midwinter 2015

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The American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Candidates’ Forum, held Saturday evening, offered an opportunity for the four candidates running for the 2016–17 ALA presidency to present their platforms and answer audience questions. Candidates Joseph Janes, James LaRue, JP Porcaro, and Julie Todaro discussed their philosophies and history of service—both within and outside ALA—and answered questions on subjects ranging from their membership in ALA’s Freedom to Read Foundation to the relevance of current library education and job prospects for future librarians. Barbara Stripling, ALA president from 2013–14, moderated the forum.

Coverage Roundup: FCC Chairman Will Propose “Strongest Open Internet Protections Ever”

From a Column by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Published on Wired.com: This week, I will circulate to the members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new rules to preserve the internet as an open platform for innovation and free expression. This proposal is rooted in long-standing regulatory principles, marketplace experience, and public input received […]