December 7, 2016

Industry News

OU Libraries Help Researchers Build Coding Skills with Software Carpentry

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Aiming to help faculty and graduate students learn essential coding skills to facilitate their research, the University of Oklahoma Libraries (OU) have been offering two-day, hands-on workshops developed by Software Carpentry.

The Better Angels: Committed To Defending an Inclusive Society | Editorial

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We face a cultural crisis that calls on all who care about creating an inclusive society. There is much to do. We must speak to the rise in unapologetic manifestations of hate during and after the presidential campaign, as reports by the FBI and the Southern Poverty Law Center clearly illustrate.

Libraries Test Chronicle: Collaborative Local History

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The team behind Chronicle—a new collaborative platform and community designed for photographers—has approached several libraries over the past six months to participate in the closed beta release of the platform. Users add recent photos or scanned archival prints to the platform via an app or web interface, where they are collected in chronicles focused on specific locations, events, or themes.

Saskatchewan: Saskatoon Public Library Dedicates Space for Truth and Reconciliation

From the CBC: Saskatoon is now home to what is believed to be the first library space in the province permanently dedicated to reconciliation. Today, Saskatoon’s Frances Morrison Central Library will launch the Read for Reconciliation area. The space will include a full set of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports, as well as numerous books about Canada’s […]

Pennsylvania: “Charity To Provide $100M For Philadelphia Parks, Libraries”

From the AP: A Philadelphia charity said Sunday it will contribute $100 million to help Mayor Jim Kenney renovate city parks, libraries, recreation centers and playgrounds. The William Penn Foundation said the money committed to the mayor’s “Rebuilding Community Infrastructure Initiative” is the largest single grant in the foundation’s history. From Philly.com: The gift, which […]

BiblioTech Building Ebook Access by Bus

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BiblioTech, the digital library of Bexar County, TX, recently added VIA Metropolitan Transit, which provides 39.6 million bus trips annual throughout the county, to a growing list of local partners that help patrons discover and access library ebooks and other content.

Leonard Cohen Archives Live on at University of Toronto Library

From The Star: Leonard Cohen’s career took him from Montreal to Greece to Los Angeles, but he chose to leave much of his life’s work, including early poetry and novel manuscripts, in Toronto. The singer, songwriter, poet and novelist, buried last week in Montreal following his death on Nov. 7, for years donated thousands of […]

ALA President Julie Todaro Releases Statement on Libraries, the Association, Diversity and Inclusion

UPDATE: Public Library Association President Felton Thomas Jr. has released a statement on public libraries and inclusiveness. — Here’s the full text of the statement that can be also be accessed on the ALA website Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement regarding the invaluable role libraries and librarians will play […]

News Briefs for November 1, 2016

Claremont Colleges Library, CA, joins HathiTrust; the International Monetary Fund re-ups with PubFactory; LYRASIS partners with the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, Philadelphia; and more News in Brief from the November 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Everything in Its Place | Self-Publishing & Libraries

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Sometimes you don’t realize how things are interconnected because you aren’t seeing all parts of the process. That recently happened to me when I started asking catalogers about working with indie titles. The answers I got were surprising.