May 5, 2016

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Celebrating the “Cozy Crime” Genre

Andrew Cartmel

Andrew Cartmel’s Vinyl Detective series combines the author’s eclectic love of mystery, treasure hunting, crime, humor, cats, and vintage vinyl records. Readers are about to get more of him, as on May 10, Titan Books will publish The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax, the first in Cartmel’s new three-part crime novel series. We spoke […]

AnyThink Director Pam Sandlian Smith Elected President of the Public Library Association (PLA)

Anythink Libraries (a “revolution” of the Rangeview Library District) are located in Adams County, Colorado. From Today’s Announcement: Announced Friday, April 29, Anythink Director Pam Sandlian Smith has been elected 2017-2018 Public Library (PLA) Association President. A division of the American Library Association, PLA helps provide a diverse program of communication, advocacy and programming for […]

Arkansas: Legislative Leaders and Governor Agree to Restore $1 Million in State Funding For Libraries

From Arkansas Online: Legislative leaders and Gov. Asa Hutchinson have agreed to restore a $1 million cut in state funding for libraries and a $1 million cut in state funding for senior citizen centers. Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy, and House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, on Friday said the agreement was reached in […]

James Neal Elected ALA President For 2017-2018 Term

From American Libraries: James G. (Jim) Neal, university librarian emeritus at Columbia University, New York, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association. Neal received 3,479 votes, while his opponents, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, professor and coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received 3,317 votes; and Christine […]

Koha Klassmates Adopted by 20 Library Schools

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Twenty library and information science programs, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Washington, Rutgers University, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and the University of Pittsburgh, have begun using free hosted instances of the Koha open-source integrated library system (ILS) as an instructional resource via the Koha Klassmates program launched by ByWater Solutions last fall.

LC Nominee Hayden’s Hearing Demonstrates Widespread Support

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In an amicable session on April 20, Librarian of Congress nominee Carla D. Hayden testified at a Senate Committee on Rules and Administration hearing in Washington, DC. Hayden, who was nominated by President Barack Obama in February to succeed former Librarian James Billington, offered her personal testimony and answered questions on a range of issues concerning the Library of Congress (LC). The room was packed with enthusiastic supporters, including members of the American Library Association (ALA), of which Hayden was president from 2003–04; elected officials; a large contingent from Maryland, where Hayden currently serves as a CEO of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library (EPFL), and Hayden’s mother.

ALA, Google Launch “Libraries Ready to Code”

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On April 13, the American Library Association (ALA) and Google announced the “Libraries Ready to Code” project, which will investigate the current status of computer programming activities in U.S. public and K–12 libraries with the goal of ultimately broadening the reach and scope of these coding programs. The project will include an environmental scan, practitioner interviews, focus groups, and site visits, and particular attention will be focused on opportunities that libraries are providing to minorities, girls, and other groups that are currently underrepresented in computer science and related fields, according to an announcement. The results of the project will be used to further engagement by ALA, and to inform a computer science policy agenda as part of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy’s (OITP) Youth and Technology program.

High Honors! Winners of 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Announced

From IMLS: The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the 10 recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making […]

In Response to HB 2, ALA/ALSC Cancels Institute Scheduled to Take Place in Charlotte, North Carolina

From the American Library Association: The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) voted today to cancel its 2016 National Institute scheduled for September in Charlotte, N.C. The cancellation is a response to the passage last month of North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (House Bill 2), which repealed […]

Follett Acquires Baker & Taylor

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In a move that creates the world’s largest single distributor of curated content for librarians and educators with $3.6 billion in combined annual sales, Follett Corporation on April 18 announced the acquisition of Baker & Taylor from private equity firm Castle Harlan Partners. Baker & Taylor will continue to operate as before, retaining its existing management team and Charlotte, NC headquarters. George F. Coe, Baker & Taylor’s President and CEO, will continue to lead the division with the new title Follett Group President, Baker & Taylor and Follett School Solutions, reporting to Follett President and CEO Ray A. Griffith.