April 16, 2014

Wanted: Presentations for LJ/SLJ October 1 Virtual Event “The Digital Shift”

Wanted: Presentations for LJ/SLJ October 1 Virtual Event “The Digital Shift”

If you have a compelling story to share about innovation in libraries—from new takes on curation and content creation, to great examples of collaboration and programs that enhance learning—we’d like to hear from you. But hurry, proposals are due by May 2.

ALA Responds to Rep. Paul Ryan’s Proposed Elimination of IMLS

Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) has urged cutting federal support for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In Ryan’s own state of Wisconsin, more than 65 percent of libraries report that they are the only free access point to Internet in their communities, stated American Library Asssociation president Barbara Stripling in her response to Ryan’s proposed budget, released April 1.

Findaway World Launches AudioEngine Audiobook Distribution Platform

Findaway World Launches AudioEngine Audiobook Distribution Platform

We mentioned Ohio-based Findaway World about one month ago on infoDOCKET when 3M announced that 40,000 audiobooks were now available to Cloud Library partners. Findaway World powers the 3M Cloud Library audiobook service. Now, Findaway World is announcing that their AudioEngine audiobook distribution platform (what 3M, MackinVia Follett, and Baker & Taylor already utilize) is […]

SLJ’s Average Book Prices 2014

SLJ’s Average Book Prices 2014

The numbers you put to work every year are here. See the list of average book prices for 2013 and 2014 to date, produced in partnership with Baker & Taylor.

Launching a Dialogue About Sexual Violence in YA Lit—and in Real Life

Launching a Dialogue About Sexual Violence in YA Lit—and in Real Life

Librarian and “Teen Librarian Toolbox” website creator Karen Jensen is empowering librarians to talk about sexual violence (SV) in books, and more significantly, to help teens who’ve experienced SV themselves.

President Obama Requests $226,448,000 For Museum and Library Services

Libraries and Museums: President Releases FY 2015 Budget Request, Includes $226,448,000 For IMLS

President Obama’s 2015 budget request to Congress includes $226,448,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

ASU Students Aim To Turn Used Food Trucks Into Mobile School Libraries

Elijah Allen, on of the students behind the BiblioTrucka project
photo courtesy of Andy Delisle

A group of students at Arizona State University (ASU) has proposed a revamp of the traditional bookmobile—one that aims to provide the services of a school library to schools that may not have access to that resource any longer. The design, dubbed Bibliotrucka, aims to take advantage of the proliferation of food trucks in the Phoenix area, recycling out of commission trucks into modular moving libraries that can be customized on a day-to-day basis for students of different learning levels and cultural backgrounds.

Nashville’s Limitless Libraries Hopes to Merge School and Public Library ILS

Limitless Libraries logo

Limitless Libraries, an ongoing partnership between Nashville Public Library (NPL) and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), is planning a move to a shared ILS system, and has requested funding for the transition from the office of Nashville’s mayor.

New York Libraries Face Five Percent Cut

New York Libraries Face Five Percent Cut

New York libraries are facing close to a five percent budget cut with just $81.6 million allocated in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive budget—down from the $85.62 million granted to libraries last year.

Recorded Books Acquired by Private Equity Firm

As you’ll read, Recorded Books owns other companies well-known to the library community including OneClick Digital, and is the distributor of Zinio to libraries. From the Announcement: Wasserstein & Co., LP  on behalf of its private equity fund Wasserstein Partners III, has acquired all of the assets of Recorded Books LLC one of the leading […]