September 15, 2014

It’s What We Do: Service and sanctuary in Ferguson | Editorial

Rebecca T. Miller

I am usually proud to be a librarian. Last month that feeling was deeply reinforced by the work done at Ferguson Municipal Public Library, MO, and the professional creativity and focus expressed by Director Scott Bonner over weeks of duress in that community.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, September 1, 2014 Issue

Librarians’ history on LBGT topics; disrupting libraries; the perils of remote lending; and more letters to the editor from the September 1, 2014, issue of Library Journal.

Speer to Direct Indiana State Lib, Oliver COO of Columbus, and More Library People News

Gay to direct Milwaukee County Federated Library System, Victoria Strickland-Cordial to direct Chesapeake Public Library System, Nate Oliver is now COO of Columbus Metropolitan Library, and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and other library people news from the September 1, 2014 issue of Library Journal.

Politics & Libraries: Every great librarian is a politician | Blatant Berry

In a collection of old political campaign buttons I found a pink one with the number “321.8” across it in dark blue. The discovery triggered memories of activist times in librarianship four to five decades ago. In our view then, the Dewey number 321.8 was the classification for “participatory democracy,” the system of government in which our small cadre of librarians believed. We were one of dozens of groups that formed within the new Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA). We believed, as I still do, that good librarians are politically enmeshed in the larger national and international issues of war, peace, social justice, and the vital role of good government in human affairs. We even tried to convince our professional organizations publicly to support our positions and amplify our voice on these issues. Sometimes we were successful.

Queens Library Director Thomas Galante Placed on Indefinite Paid Leave by Library Board

From the NY Daily News: The story of embattled Queens library chief Thomas Galante entered a new chapter Thursday night after he was put on indefinite leave by the board. Galante, who has headed up the Queens public library since 2003, will get full pay [$392,000/year] while he is out on leave… But he’s banished […]

Macmillan Begins Selling eBooks To Library Consortia

The change to Macmillan’s library ebook sales policy for public libraries is effective immediately according to a post on OverDrive’s Digital Library Blog: Macmillan Publishers has made the decision to begin selling their eBooks to library consortia! [Clip] Macmillan eBooks are Metered Access eBooks available for 52 checkouts or a 24-month timeframe, whichever comes first. […]

Free Library of Philadelphia Receives $25 Million Grant For Central and Branch Library Renovations

The $25 million grant is the largest grant ever given by the William Penn Foundation. It’s also the largest grant ever received by the Free Library of Philadelphia. The renovations are part of the just announced 21st Century Libraries Initiative. From The Philadelphia Inquirer: The Free Library will receive $25 million from William Penn over […]

Europe: “Libraries May Be Permitted To Digitise Books Without Copyright Owner’s Consent, EU High Court Rules”

From Intellectual Property Watch: European Union governments may allow libraries to digitise books in their collection without rights owners’ consent in order to make them available at electronic reading posts, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said on 11 September. If library users want to print works out on paper or store them on a […]

NCSU Libraries Spur Innovation Through Alt-Textbook Grants

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This fall, as part of a $10,000 grant program funded by the NC State University Foundation, NCSU Libraries has invited faculty members to develop alternative course materials. The Alt-Textbook Project is a competitive grant for faculty members to develop free or low-cost alternates to traditional textbooks using open source material.

Collective Wisdom in an Age of Algorithms | Peer to Peer Review

Barbara Fister

Changes to platforms we use regularly are always slightly traumatic, as we invariably discover when we roll out a new library website and the complaints begin, or we find out a database interface has changed radically the day we’re introducing it to students. Platform changes are even more distressing when they are sites to which we contribute content. By creating social circles and sharing information on websites, we often forget they belong to other people who have values and motivations different from ours.

One Book, Well Done

BIG DEAL Marketing drives city read participation. (top-bottom): Dearborn PL readers were “wild” about the kickoff for its 2014 Big Read; Kansas City PL chose True Grit in 2013; and Seattle PL branded its program with an iconic logo

Organizations in every state in America, plus the District of Columbia, have hosted a communitywide reading program at one point or another, according to the Library of Congress. So-called One Book programs are everywhere. However, to engage the entire community, whether municipality, county, region, or state, successfully in a community­wide reading event takes planning as well as skill and enthusiasm. LJ spoke with reads veterans from around the country to learn what worked for them—and what could work for your library.

North Carolina State U. Library Awarded Grant to Develop Social Media Collection, Curation, and Preservation Toolkit

Some news from Wolfpack Country! The toolkit that is discussed below is scheduled to be released during Summer 2015. From NCSU Libraries: The North Carolina State University Libraries has been awarded a grant to tackle a significant emerging opportunity for academic libraries and the historians, social scientists, and other researchers that they support: how best […]

New Frederick County PL Library Card Doubles as a Visa Debit Card

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Following four months of discussions with SirsiDynix and a brief pilot test this summer, Maryland’s Frederick County Public Libraries (FCPL) on September 5 officially launched the “I Love My Library” prepaid Visa debit card. Developed by SirsiDynix in partnership with Visa and Card Limited, the new affinity cards double as a patron’s library card and aim to help libraries achieve three goals.

NYPL and U. Penn Partner for In-Person MOOC Support

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Poets through the ages have managed very well without institutional backing. The study of poetry, on the other hand, requires a little more infrastructure. This fall, the New York Public Library (NYPL) will team up with the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House (KWH) to provide a physical space for participants in Professor Al Filreis’s […]

University of Texas at Austin Police Report Phishing Scheme Impersonating UT Libraries

From The Daily Texan: An unknown suspect used the UT Libraries interface and a fraudulent email address to launch a targeted phishing attack affecting students at the University. UTPD first reported the attack on Aug. 13 after several students received suspicious emails with the title “*Subject: **UTexas Library System Problem*.” According to UTPD spokeswoman Cindy Posey, […]