November 24, 2017

Industry News

Libraries Take Key Roles in IMLS Community Catalyst Grant Projects

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, has awarded 12 organizations Community Catalyst Grants totaling $1,637,271. Libraries are project partners of eight of the 12.

Measure the Future Enters Next Phase

Measure the Future, an open source, open hardware project that enables libraries to collect and analyze data regarding how their physical space is being used, will soon deploy new sensors at libraries participating in its public beta launch, including the Meridian Library District (MLD), ID; the State University of New York, Potsdam; the New York Public Library; the University of Boston Law Library; and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Two Killed, Four Injured in NM Library Shooting

On the afternoon of Monday, August 28, a gunman opened fire in the Clovis-Carver Public Library (CCPL) in Clovis, NM. Kristina “Krissie” Carter, a youth service librarian, and Wanda Walters, a circulation assistant, were killed, and four others wounded, including a second CCPL circulation assistant. The shooter was taken into custody at the scene.

News Briefs for July 2017

NEA announces 63 new grants, Texas State Library and Archives Commission will receive $1 million for high-speed Internet in local communities, Clarivate Analytics acquires Publons, and more News in Brief from the July 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

A Coalition of 60 Organizations Sends Letter to Attorney General Re: Justice Department’s Demand for Protest Website Data

Note: AALL and ALA are two of the organizations who signed the letter linked to below.  From OpentheGovernment: Today, a broad coalition of over 60 public interest organizations sent a letter to the Attorney General expressing concern over the Justice Department’s demand for information associated with a protest-organizing website. While the Justice Department, in the face of mounting […]

GPO Requests Recommendations to Update Federal Deposit Library Rules

U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) director Davita Vance-Cooks has asked the Depository Library Council (DLC) to recommend changes to Chapter 19 of Title 44 of the U.S. Code, a request that has some members of the government information community concerned and others encouraged. Chapter 19 codifies GPO’s Federal Deposit Library Program (FDLP) into law, guaranteeing that the government will provide its information for free to the general public, and has not been significantly revised since the early 1990s.

What’s Next | Office Hours

The following cry echoed through the Dokk1 library in Aarhus, Denmark, from participants in the Next Library 2017 conference as a morning icebreaker/creativity exercise: “Yes, we made a mistake!” Mistakes were encouraged and celebrated during the three-and-a-half-day International Festival for library folk in June, intended, the conference website notes, as a “patchwork” of colearning, cocreative, participatory, engaging, pluralistic, and interactive meetings.

OverDrive’s Libby App to Include Remote Library Card Signup

OverDrive will soon launch a feature for its new Libby ebook and audiobook app that will enable new patrons to sign up for a library card using their smartphone or tablet, confirming residency requirements without requiring a visit to a library branch.

Penn State Libraries Launch Short Story Dispensers

Students returning to Pennsylvania State University (PSU) this fall will find four new short story dispensing kiosks installed at libraries across campus, along with a website for submitting their own original stories for distribution through the kiosks. Developed by Short Édition of Grenoble, France, the kiosks’ simple interface allows users to select a story that takes one, three, or five minutes to read. Their story is then printed out on a narrow piece of sustainably-sourced thermal paper the size of a large receipt.

Repositories and Preprints: bepress Acquired by Elsevier

Another Elsevier acquisition in the academic content and software space. A list of several other acquisitions is found at the bottom of this post. Firstthe Full Text of the News Release: Elsevier today acquired bepress, a Berkeley, California-based business that helps academic libraries showcase and share their institutions’ research for maximum impact. Founded by three University of California, […]