Ninety-five percent of public libraries currently offer ebooks to patrons, up from 72 percent in 2010, and 89 percent in both 2012 and 2013. However, money remains the biggest impediment for libraries looking to add ebooks or expand collections, according to Library Journal’s fifth annual Ebook Usage in U.S. Public Libraries report, sponsored by Freading. The growth in demand for ebooks has cooled during the past four years, although as the report notes, this “is only because [ebooks] have become less of a novelty and more mainstream.”
In the latest of our In-Depth Interviews with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke with Alicia Virtue, electronic services librarian and department chair of learning resources at Santa Rosa (CA) Junior College. Virtue not only manages the website and ILS for both campus libraries and teaches a course […]
On September 28, 2014 we began posting about the bankruptcy of Swets. Now, five weeks later, the company says that all services will soon be terminated and asking for outstanding debts to sbe paid. Late last week Swets posted a 1700 word announcement on their web site that provided details about insolvency proceedings in the […]
In a Statement of Claim dated July 15, 2014, Joe Murphy—a 2009 LJ Mover & Shaker—named librarians nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey as defendants in a civil lawsuit filed in Toronto, Ontario (de jesus is a Canadian citizen). Murphy is suing the two for $1.25 million in damages–$1 million for general defamation, and $250,000 for aggravated exemplary and punitive damages.
Print management and computer reservation solutions are designed to help libraries cut down on waste and ensure that time on public computers is distributed fairly among patrons, with minimal staff intervention. To keep pace with current trends, several vendors have added new features to their public computer management packages in recent months, enabling patrons to print from their own mobile devices, for example. All vendors negotiate pricing on a system- by-system basis, typically according to the selection of specific options or modules, the number of branches in which the solutions will be used, and the number of public access stations at each branch. Some solutions, such as Librarica’s CASSIE and Comprise’s SAM, are designed as fully integrated systems offering a variety of management features in one package. Other providers, such as EnvisionWare, iTeam, and GoPrint, offer the option to purchase reservation and print management modules separately. However, all vendors contacted for this spotlight describe their solutions as scalable, with options available for networks with as few as five public computers.
California Sonoma County Library patrons, advocates pinning hopes on Measure M (via The Press Democrat) Delaware Delaware Libraries Debut Inspiration Space (Via NewsWorks) Indiana Indianapolis: Library plans $59M in new branches, upgrades (via Indianapolis Business Journal) Louisiana Library Board will seek approval to purchase building for outreach center (via The Advocate) Maryland Annapolis library to […]
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PT
Join our panelists as they reflect on a decade of Open Access publishing at Oxford University Press and explore the challenges and opportunities of Open Access for publishers, scholars and librarians.
Common x 3 (Public, Academic, School): Designing next generation gathering and learning spaces for libraries of every type
Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join us on November 18th for our “Commons x 3” webcast, and you’ll get to hear from a panel of expert architects as they explain critical elements of creating a successful commons space in a wide variety of environments while showing you some of the best examples of “uncommon commons” out there today.
In the wake of accusations that suspended Queens Library (QL) president and CEO Thomas W. Galante mishandled library funds, Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer (D–Queens) proposed legislation on October 21 that would require all three of New York’s public library systems to publicly disclose how their money is spent.
Library 21c, the Pikes Peak Library District’s (PPLD) latest addition, is a centralized education and experimentation hub. The new two-story Colorado Springs library is the biggest building in the district, the second-largest in Colorado, supporting about 620,000 residents. Last year, the district had 3.6 million visitors. What makes this new library unique is the wide variety of opportunities under the same roof.
Letting go of permission requirements for use of special collections; why convenience isn’t a death knell for libraries; why library schools should teach advocacy, and more Letters to LJ’s October 15, 2014 issue
Bill Coffee was elected Board President of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS); Doug Crane was promoted to Director of the Palm Beach County Library System, FL; Nancy Pack was appointed Director of the Alabama Public Library Service, Montgomery; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the October 15 issue of Library Journal.