June 30, 2016

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Annual First Look | ALA Annual 2016

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The American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference ran June 23-28 at Orlando, FL’s Orange County Convention Center and nearby venues. The mass shooting at Latin night at Orlando’s Pulse, an LGBT nightclub, a couple of weeks before the ALA Annual was top of mind for conferencegoers, leading to displays of solidarity both practical and symbolic. Attendance was considerably down relative to last year. Nonetheless, exhibitors were happy with the crowds on the show floor. The Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) reported, “The Association is still a financially strong and sound organization.”

More News from ALA Annual 2016:

News Briefs for June 15, 2016

Recorded Books, Inc., and Zinio announced a new partnership with Bauer Media Group USA; the Associated Press is collaborating with Preservica; the University of Notre Dame , IN, and the Vatican Library formalized an agreement; and more News in Brief from the June 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

South Carolina: A Charleston Co. Public Library Branch Renamed in Honor of Librarian Cynthia Hurd

From WCBD: A Charleston County Public Library branch [was] renamed [yesterday] and dedicated in honor of Cynthia Graham Hurd – a 31-year library employee who died in the Emanuel AME church shooting in June 2015. Charleston County Council, with support of the Library’s Board of Trustees, agreed to rename the [St. Andrews Regional Library] building to honor […]

ProQuest Acquires Alexander Street

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ProQuest subsidiary R.R. Bowker today announced the acquisition of Alexander Street, a leading provider of streaming video and music, as well as primary source collections, to almost 4,000 library customers in over 60 countries. The business will be known as “Alexander Street, a ProQuest Company,” and will continue to be led by Stephen Rhind-Tutt, its current president, and its current management team, including Eileen Lawrence, David Parker and Andrea Eastman-Mullins, from its current headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

Alexander Street Press Acquired by ProQuest

From a ProQuest Announcement Alexander Street, a leading provider of streaming videos and music as well as award-winning primary source collections to libraries around the world, has joined the ProQuest family of companies. [Clip] The acquisition brings together Alexander Street’s valuable video, music and unique primary source collections with ProQuest’s extensive aggregation of content, which […]

Library.Link Builds Open Web Visibility for Library Catalogs, Events

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Linked data consulting and development company Zepheira is partnering with several vendors and libraries on the Library.Link Network, a project that promises to make relevant information about libraries, library events, and library collections prominent in search engine results. The service aims to address a longstanding problem. The world’s library catalogs contain a wealth of detailed, vetted, and authoritative data about books, movies, music, art—all types of content. But the bulk of library data is stored in MARC records. The bots that major search engines use to scan and index the web generally cannot access those records.

Penguin Random House Sells Fodor’s to Internet Brands

From Internet Brands: Penguin Random House has reached an agreement to sell Fodor’s, to Internet Brands, a leading Los Angeles-based online media and technology company, whose well-known travel websites such as FlyerTalk.com and Wikitravel.org. The agreement reflects the growing value and potential of digital and mobile consumer engagement with travel information and content. Terms of […]

Reference: Orlando Attack: “Post-Mass Shooting Programs and Resources Overview” Now Available

Two resources follow. 1. From HHS ASPR (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response)/Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE): Post-Mass Shooting Programs and Resources Overview (19 pages; PDF) ASPR TRACIE has gathered information on programs and resources available to the communities affected by the Orlando nightclub shooting. Information is organized by […]

Reference: Orlando Attack: “Post-Mass Shooting Programs and Resources Overview” Now Available

Two resources follow. 1. From HHS ASPR (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response)/Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE): Post-Mass Shooting Programs and Resources Overview (19 pages; PDF) ASPR TRACIE has gathered information on programs and resources available to the communities affected by the Orlando nightclub shooting. Information is organized by […]

Authors: Dan Brown Donates 300,000 Euros to Ritman Library in Amsterdam to Digitize Ancient Texts

Note: 300,000 Euros=approx. $337,000/USD. From Reuters: American author Dan Brown has donated 300,000 euros ($335,000) to Amsterdam’s Ritman Library, where he researched some of his best-selling novels, to help preserve its ancient works. The funding will be used to digitize part of the library’s rare collection of books and manuscripts about the Hermetic religious tradition […]