February 5, 2016

Industry News

GPO Launches Beta of govinfo.gov, Site Will Eventually Replace FDsys

From Roll Call: On govinfo.gov — which the Government Publishing Office’s spokesman declared “the Google for government documents” — users can access the Congressional Record, track the course of legislation or perhaps dive into a treasure trove of information specifically on President Gerald Ford. Government geekery aside, anyone from the general public may punch out […]

IFLA Updates Statement on Public Lending Right to Include eBooks

1From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Announcement: On 9 December 2015, IFLA’s Governing Board approved an updated Statement on Public Lending Right (PLR) including a new section on eBooks. The updated statement identifies the complexities of considering PLR for eBooks, reinforces the need to involve libraries when considering changes to PLR programs to […]

Roundup: Links to a Growing List of Library Coloring Books as “Color Our Collections Week” Begins

Monday (February 1, 2016) is the beginning of the “Color Our Collections Week” coloring event being organized by The New York Academy of Medicine. In There Own Words: As you may know by now, there is a coloring craze going on. And we want libraries and their patrons to join in the fun! Inspired in […]

Innovative Names James Tallman New Chief Executive Officer

From Today’s III Announcement: Innovative announced today that Mr. James Tallman will join the executive ranks of Innovative Interfaces as Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Tallman will be focused on the company’s commitment to library success and increasing velocity in product leadership and operational excellence. Tallman comes to Innovative with extensive experience as CEO […]

New Strategic Alliance: Artstor Will Now Function as Part of ITHAKA, Joining JSTOR, Portico and ITHAKA S+R

UPDATE: Full Text of Letter Sent to Members of Artstor Community From Today’s Announcement: Artstor, the provider of the Artstor Digital Library of images and the Shared Shelf platform for cataloguing and digital asset management, will now function under the umbrella of ITHAKA, which currently operates the services JSTOR, Portico and Ithaka S+R. Artstor, JSTOR […]

ALA President, Treasurer Candidates Speak Out | ALA Midwinter 2016

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American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting attendees were presented with a slate of strong contenders from both public and academic libraries at the ALA 2017–18 Presidential and Treasurer Candidates’ Forum on Saturday evening, January 9. Presidential candidates Christine Lind Hage, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, and James G. Neal, as well as treasurer candidate Susan H. Hildreth, presented their platforms and discussed their stances on topics that will affect ALA in the months and years to come: investments; international outreach; the development of a leadership pipeline; the proposed name change for the Office for Literacy, Diversity, and Outreach Services; and work with the Freedom to Read Foundation. In particular, candidates highlighted their visions for ALA’s three current strategic directions: advocacy, information policy, and professional and leadership development.

Members Vote to Dissolve Canadian Library Association, First Step to Create New Unified National Library Advocacy Organization

Full Text of CLA’s Announcement: Today the Canadian Library Association (CLA) took the first formal step to establish a new unified national library advocacy organization. CLA has been the national voice of the Canadian library community since 1946 and has profoundly changed the awareness of libraries and advanced many issues of critical importance to libraries […]

Wisconsin Appeals Court Upholds University Library Porn Citation

From the AP (via La Crosse Tribune): An Eau Claire man didn’t have a constitutional right to view pornography on a university library computer, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. The case began in December 2014, when two students doing their homework in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire library noticed David Reidinger, then 45, was […]

Both LYRASIS and DuraSpace Boards Approve “Intention to Merge” But Deal Not Final

Here’s the Full Text of Today’s Joint Announcement. We’ve added emphasis to a few sections. The Boards of LYRASIS and DuraSpace, two leading member-based non-profit organizations serving libraries, archives, museums, as well as the broader scholarly, cultural heritage and technology communities, have unanimously approved an “Intent to Merge”. LYRASIS, which serves more than 4000 members […]

Library Vendors Debut New Offerings | ALA Midwinter 2016

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As always, the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter meeting was the occasion for the debuts of new offerings from a wide range of library vendors. Below, please find a smattering of those we spotted in the aisles in alphabetical order. This list is necessarily far from comprehensive; if we missed yours (or your favorite) please add it in the comments!