October 1, 2014

Industry News

Swets Bankruptcy Recalls Fallout from RoweCom

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In a case that has drawn comparisons to the RoweCom/Faxon Library Services bankruptcy almost 12 years ago, the court of Amsterdam on Friday, September 19 granted Netherlands-based Swets & Zeitlinger Group permission to suspend payments to its creditors, and on Tuesday, September 23 accepted a bankruptcy filing from the group’s subsidiary—global subscription management provider Swets Information Services

Candidates Announced: Janes, LaRue, Porcaro, and Todaro to Vie For 2016-17 ALA Presidency

Today, the American Library Association announced that four well-known members of the library community are candidates for the 2016-17 ALA Presidency. The candidates are: Joe Janes, associate professor and chair of the MLIS program at the University of Washington Information School James La Rue, CEO of LaRue & Associates JP Porcaro, Librarian for Acquisitions and […]

Public Library News Roundup From the U.S. and Canada

Connecticut Westport: “Coming Soon to the Library: Humanoid Robots” (via WSJ) Delaware New Castle: Editorial: Don’t foul up innovative library plan (via Delaware Online) Idaho Video Report: Librarians around Idaho go high tech Illinois Chicago libraries accept immigrant licenses as ID (via AP) Michigan Brandon Township charges ex-librarian lied about skills (via Detroit News) Missouri […]

New Knight Foundation News Challenge Spotlights Libraries

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Since 2006, the Knight News Challenge has encouraged innovators to respond to open calls on a series of themes—past challenge topics have included networks, open government, and strengthening the Internet. On Sept. 10 the Knight Foundation opened the most recent News Challenge: How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?

FindAway World Gets $500,000 U.S. Air Force Contract For Preloaded, Secure E-Reader Devices

Let’s Review: 1. In August, the U.S. Air Force wanted to learn more about companies that could provide them with a secure, pre-loaded e-readers for use by USAF libraries. In many respects, similar to what the Navy offers with their new NeRD ereader. 2. Later in the month, the USAF published a synopsis saying they […]

Four Universities Selected as Finalists to Host Obama Library

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The Barack Obama Foundation announced on September 15 that four academic institutions have qualified as potential sites for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. Columbia University, the University of Hawaii, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago were selected from among a pool of 13 applicants who responded to the Request for Qualifications issued March 2014.

Netherlands: Swets Files For Bankruptcy

A story on the German publishing industry web site boersenblatt.net (in German) reports that Netherlands-based Swets (Royal Swets & Zeitlinger Holding N.V.) is insolvent and has filed for bankruptcy. We’ve reached out the company for comment. With the caveat the mechanical translation is far from perfect, we do learn a bit more by translating the […]

Washington University Libraries Creates “Documenting Ferguson” Digital Repository

Washington University Libraries Creates “Documenting Ferguson” Digital Repository

The digital repository launched earlier this month is discussed in this announcement from Washington University in St. Louis. From the Announcement: Washington University Libraries, the library system of Washington University in St. Louis, is collecting and preserving photographs, video and other content for the digital repository “Documenting Ferguson.” Free and accessible to all, the online […]

Libraries Welcome Writers in Residence

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Libraries have always been second homes to many writers. Two programs are hoping to further encourage that relationship starting this fall and into the future. The Public Library of Cincinnati’s Writer-In-Residence program and the CHP in the Stacks residency program from publishing company Coffee House Press (CHP) will give select writers stipends to do their work in a library while helping publicize that library’s resources to the community.

Queens Library CEO Galante Placed on Administrative Leave

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Thomas W. Galante, the embattled president and CEO of the Queens Library in New York, on the evening of September 11 was placed on indefinite, paid administrative leave by the library’s recently reorganized board, following months of negative local news coverage regarding his $392,000 salary, his consulting work, library renovation projects that included his office, and an FBI investigation regarding QL’s procedures for awarding construction contracts.