July 31, 2014

Industry News

Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through […]

Florida: Miami-Dade Commission Vote for Slight Property-Tax Rate Hike to Help Libraries

From the Miami Herald: Miami-Dade County commissioners voted Tuesday night to slightly raise the property-tax rate ceiling to avert library layoffs. But the increase won’t protect police, transit and other public services facing budget cuts. [Clip] Patricia Gormley, a lawyer and leading organizer of a library-funding campaign, greeted the vote with a mixed verdict. “We […]

News and Analysis: Here Comes Amazon’s All-You-Can Read E-Book Subscription Service

We’re not at all surprised to learn that some sort of Amazon ebook subscription service is coming. Are you? In our many posts about all-you-can-read ebook subscription services (over a long period of time) and as recently as yesterday we said to expect something like what’s being reported today. Quick Background Amazon already offers one […]

Edmonton Public Library Celebrates Library of the Year Honors

Edmonton Library staffers celebrate the LOTY honor with foam fingers and party favors.

When the Edmonton Public Library (EPL) in Alberta, Canada was named the Gale/Library Journal 2014 Library of the Year, the staff knew they’d made history, becoming the first library outside of the United States to take home that honor. Turns out, Edmontonians know how to party, and they sent us some images from the celebration, which featured party favors, foam fingers, and of course, story time for the kids. Because no matter how big the honor you have to accept, nothing gets in the way of story time.

Libraries and Archives Leave International Copyright Discussions Empty Handed After Countries Again Fail to Reach Agreement

Here’s a report from IFLA. Discussions regarding an international copyright instrument for libraries and archives again collapsed inconclusively at the 28th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) in Geneva, from Monday 30 June – Friday 4 July. In the early hours of Saturday 5 July, Member States finally “agreed to […]

Roundup: FCC Approves Spending Billions to Put Wi-Fi in Schools and Libraries

Formal Announcement From the Formal FCC Announcement: The Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopted by the FCC will accomplish three major goals: • Significantly expand funding for Wi-Fi networks and distribute it fairly to all schools and libraries while recognizing the needs of the nation’s rural and poorest school districts • Maximize the […]

Open Access Publisher PeerJ Receives Investments From SAGE and O’Reilly in Second Round of Funding

Open access published PeerJ has announced a new round of funding led by SAGE and O’Reilly From Posts by SAGE and PeerJ: We are pleased to announce that we have secured a new round of funding led by SAGE and O’Reilly. David McCune, non-Executive Director of SAGE will now sit on the PeerJ Board of […]

Boston Public Library’s Debuts “Bibliocycle” While Storymobile Hits the Streets For 19th Year

Boston Public Library’s Debuts “Bibliocycle” While Storymobile Hits the Streets For 19th Year

Another city and another library on wheels! Nice! Also, great to see the BPL partnering with another Boston organization to make it all happen. From the Mayor’s Office in Boston, MA: Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the launch of the Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle, and the re-launch of ReadBoston’s Storymobile, now in its nineteenth […]

Directors of Several Urban Public Libraries Send Letters to FCC Re: Proposed E-Rate Funding Plan

UPDATE: Here are direct links to the letters from the libraries mentioned below as well as others (via FCC Electronic Comment Filing System) Letter From Hartford Public Library Letter From Seattle Public Library Letter From New York Public Library Letter From Multnomah County Public Library (Portland, OR) Letter From King County Library System (WA) Letter […]

Borough President, New York Mayor Granted New Powers over Queens Public Library

Queens Central Library

New legislation passed by the New York state House and Senate and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo gave the Mayor of New York and Queens Borough President new authority to appoint and eliminate members of the Queens Public Library (QPL) Board of Trustees. The new law is sponsored by Queens State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry and authored in part by Borough President Melinda Katz. It is widely seen as a response to the fact that calls for more oversight and transparency from the board over questions about the compensation of QPL CEO Thomas Galante and his relationship with contractors doing construction work for the library have been largely ignored by the current board.