January 27, 2015

Susan Hildreth on Life After IMLS

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On January 15, 2015, Susan H. Hildreth completed her four-year term as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Under her leadership, IMLS provided nearly $1 billion in support to libraries and museums, with a strong emphasis on early learning, STEM-related projects, and connectivity in libraries across the country. Prior to her tenure at IMLS, Hildreth served as Seattle City Librarian, California State Librarian, and San Francisco City Librarian. On March 1, she will return to California, her “adopted home state,” to serve as executive director of three linked organizations: the Peninsula Library System, a consortium of public and community college libraries in San Mateo; the Pacific Library Partnership, a California Library Services Act system; and Califa, a nonprofit membership cooperative that provides services and programs to libraries throughout California.

T160k Crowdfunds to Help Librarians Catalog Medieval Manuscripts from Timbuktu

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Social Purpose Corporation T160k recently launched “Cataloging the Timbuktu Libraries,” a crowdfunding effort to help train local staff in Mali and help librarians in Timbuktu’s Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library catalog and preserve more than 400,000 ancient, fragile manuscripts.

Practical Uses of Altmetrics

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Tuesday, February 11th, 2015, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
There is growing interest in altmetrics and people are hungry for stories about how people are using them. Many institutions are utilizing new metrics to help showcase research, do analysis, bring value to their institutional repositories and more. This webinar features users telling their stories about what they are doing with these new modern metrics.
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Plans for New Barnard Library Prove Divisive

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After years of planning, New York City’s Barnard College is ready to begin construction on its new Teaching and Learning Center (TLC), which will replace Barnard’s Wollman Library in Lehman Hall.

Do Libraries Change the World? Should They? Short Answer: Yes | Peer to Peer Review

Rick Anderson

For the sake of argument, let’s all agree that the answer to this question is yes: libraries have a central mission to change the world—to make it a better, more intelligent, more tolerant, more open-minded place, one that is (thanks in part to our professional efforts) increasingly filled with well-informed critical thinkers who will, themselves, take the tools and skills with which the library has provided them and go on to make the world even better. This is what the library exists to do.

Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Will Award $154.8 Million to States to Improve Library Services

From an IMLS Announcement: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today released its Fiscal Year 2015 allotment table for 56 State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs), totaling $154,848,000. These annual grants represent the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the U.S. The grants allocate a base amount to each of […]

Design Thinking for Flexible Solutions | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

As academic librarians become more design influenced there are some lessons to be learned from what’s happening in the world of digital gadgetry. Success is less about easy fixes or fancy features and more about flexibility.

“Baltimore’s Iconic Pratt Library Is Getting A 100 Million Dollar Makeover, But Where Are All Of The Books Going?”

Here we go again? From the Baltimore City Paper: One thing the Pratt will not have more of after the refit is shelf space. The library’s upper floors will see an overall reduction of more than 6,500 linear feet of shelving, Hayden revealed in an email to activist David Yaffe last month. Five years ago […]

National Book Critics Circle Announces Its 2014 Awards Finalists

National Book Critics Circle Announces Its 2014 Awards Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle did something different when it chose its 30 finalists in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction, and poetry—for the best books of 2014. For the first time ever, one book was nominated in two categories: Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf), a daring prose poem reminding us that the […]

Netherlands: Dutch E-Book Resale Site Has To Close For Now, Court Rules

From Loek Essers at PC World: Dutch ebook resale site Tom Kabinet has to close because, at least at the moment, it cannot prove that all the books offered for sale on the site have been legally obtained, an Amsterdam court ruled Tuesday. Tom Kabinet, which allows sellers to upload ebook files to the site, […]

Hard Times Ahead for the Library of Birmingham

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The award-winning Library of Birmingham (LB), which garnered applause and approval across the U.K. when it was built in 2013, is about to fall on hard times. After opening to great fanfare a little over a year ago, the library has been finding it hard to keep up with costs, citing a lack of private sponsorship and the Birmingham City Council’s (BCC) failure to raise promised money from land sales. Then at the end of 2014 the BCC announced a round of austerity measures that will cut some £72 million in funding for the arts, parks and recreation, care services, cemeteries, and children’s care services for 2015–16. Approximately £1.5 million will be cut from LB’s annual £10 million operating costs, meaning that 100 of the library’s 188 staff could be eliminated, and its hours reduced from 73 to 40 per week.

DBW 2015: Amazon, Publishers Look to Ebook Subscription Services as Discovery Platform

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Officials at Amazon believe subscription-based ebook consumption is an inevitability, and will continue to invest in and build the company’s Kindle Unlimited service as part of an effort to stay ahead of the emerging trend, Russ Grandinetti, senior VP, Kindle, at Amazon explained during a candid general session interview on January 14 at the Digital Book World Conference and Expo 2015. In a separate panel, publishers expressed enthusiasm for Oyster and Scribd as discovery platforms.

2015: The Year of the RA Makeover

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Event Date & Time: Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Can your library benefit from a fresh look at readers’ advisory service? While some libraries are investing in maker spaces and new technologies, many libraries are focusing their attention on updating this foundational service. Join us for an engaging and informative discussion as three libraries reveal why their attention is now on helping readers find the perfect read.
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NEH & Mellon Announce Pilot Grant Program to Digitize Out of Print Books in Humanities and Make Them Available With CC License

The pilot is named Humanities Open Book. From a Joint NEH/Mellon Announcement: A new joint grant program by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seeks to give a second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by turning them into freely accessible e-books. Over the past 100 […]

Recognizing My Library Heroes of 2014 | Peer to Peer Review

Barbara Fister

It’s been a rough year for the planet. It’s been a rough year for the country. It’s been a rough year for libraries. We face a lot of problems that are complex and scary and it’s easier to name them than to figure out what to do next. But when I look back on 2014 I see some amazing people doing the things that we librarians profess as our core values. Since there’s something about years coming to an end that leads to lists and resolutions, I thought I’d look back and give a shout out to a few of the librarians who have taken difficult situations and made courageous, difficult, affirming choices. These are just some of the many librarians who make me proud to be in this profession.