April 20, 2015

Industry News

Louisville Libraries Help Train Local Talent For Tech Jobs

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Kentucky’s Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) is teaming with government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses in its community to teach people to develop websites and program software—and once those skills are honed, getting them placed in tech jobs around the region. With Code Louisville, local employers detail the programming knowledge that applicants will need to fill specific job openings, and sometimes provide mentors to assist in training programs. Using an LFPL card, trainees can access Treehouse online training programs at no cost.

Internet Access in the Library: U. of Maryland’s iPAC & ALA Release Results of “Broadband Quality in Public Libraries” Survey

Here’s a new report from the University of Maryland’s Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) and the American Library Association. From a News Release: Broadband speeds in U.S. public libraries have improved significantly in recent years yet continues to lag behind national broadband connectivity standards, according to “Broadband Quality in Public Libraries,” a new supplementary summary […]

Faculty Rallies to Support University of Oregon Archivist

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More than 100 faculty members at the University of Oregon (UO) have signed a letter to the university administration supporting archivist James Fox, who has been informed that his contract will not be renewed in June. Fox, along with digital archivist Kira Homo, is at the center of a controversy involving the release of some 22,000 pages of unfiltered UO presidential archives to professor of economics Bill Harbaugh in November 2014.

ALA Releases State of America’s Libraries Report 2015, Includes List of Most Challenged Books of 2014

ALA Releases State of America’s Libraries Report 2015, Includes List of Most Challenged Books of 2014

From an Announcement: According to The State of America’s Libraries Report released today by the American Library Association (ALA), academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic […]

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Coleman promoted to Director of Library Experience at Richland Library and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the April 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Connecticut Librarians “Speak Out” About Possibility of Severe Budget Cuts to Library Programs

From the Stamford Advocate: It was in 1973 that things changed dramatically for public libraries in the state. That was when a Connecticard program was created to allow anyone in Connecticut to enter any public library in the state and borrow materials. The program, funded annually by a state grant of about $1 million, has […]

Branching Out

New and renovated library news from San Diego, Detroit, and more from the April 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Beacon Developer NetObjex Enters Library Market with SmartLibrary

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Newport Beach, CA-based NetObjex, developer of turnkey “Internet of Things” (IoT) device management solutions for commercial enterprises, recently announced the launch of SmartLibrary, a system that enables libraries to transmit targeted, location-relevant messages to their patrons’ smartphones and mobile devices. The company joins library app developers Capira Technologies and BluuBeam, which each separately announced the launch of beacon services in the fall of 2014.

Michelle Jeske: Looking Toward the Future with DPL

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On March 2, Michelle Jeske stepped into her new role as Denver Public Library (DPL) city librarian. Physically, she did not have far to go: Jeske had already been working at DPL since 2001, most recently as the director of collections, technology, and innovation on the library’s executive team. Previously Jeske—a 2005 LJ Mover & Shaker—served as manager of DPL’s web information services and its community technology center. But while her new job will not involve any major changes of scenery, moving into the position vacated by Shirley Amore—who retired after serving as city librarian for nearly nine years—promises to give Jeske a panoramic view of Denver’s thriving and robust public library system, and the opportunity to bring about some exciting changes to the landscape.

Digital Course Materials: ProQuest Acquires SIPX

From Today’s Announcement: ProQuest (through its affiliate Bowker) has acquired Palo Alto-based SIPX, creator of a digital course materials solution that addresses a variety of copyright and costs concerns for universities. SIPX eliminates duplicate spending on course packs (collections of assigned readings) by connecting students to materials already purchased and available to them through their […]