how many committees does it take to come up with an ebook strategy for public libraries? It seems you can’t have too many.
The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) granted continued accreditation status to Indiana University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi’s library and information science masters programs. All three universities are scheduled for their new comprehensive review in 2019. Conditional accreditation status was granted to the University at Buffalo, [...]
The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), is losing its $56,000 subsidy from ALA. The subsidy currently makes up more than 10 percent of ALTAFF’s approximately $450,000 budget. However, before it ends in fiscal year 2015, Sally Reed, ALTAFF executive director, hopes the organization will have become self-supporting. “I am feeling pretty [...]
The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) today filed a friend of the court brief in the case of John Wiley & Sons v. Supap Kirtsaeng, which raises the issue of whether the first sale doctrine applies to books printed overseas and imported into the U.S. The LCA argues that, if the Supreme Court were to confirm that the first sale doctrine does not apply to books printed overseas, it would prevent libraries from lending major parts of their collections.
This post has been edited to remove Orange County, FL, from the list of those that have declined to collect the book. Brevard County Public Libraries garnered widespread national media attention when library services director Catherine Schweinsberg pulled the system’s copies of the bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey from circulation. “It didn’t meet our [...]
Four blind patrons of the Free Library of Philadelphia, with the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), filed suit against the Library in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on May 2 because of a program that loans Nook Simple Touch ereaders to patrons over 50. Unlike some [...]
“I am both honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead ALA at this critical and exciting time for our nation’s libraries,” Stripling said. “As we make our association more inclusive, diverse and collaborative, we can support our members’ efforts to transform their libraries into virtual and face-to-face community centers of conversation, equitable access to information, lifelong learning and civic engagement.”