August 4, 2015

A Place To Feel Smart Again | The Digital Shift

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Gerontologist Debbie Dodds developed a tablet-based workshop program with the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, CA, for people with early-stage memory loss. She and library representatives will present on the pilot at LJ’s all-day virtual event The Digital Shift this October 14. In the run-up to the conference, LJ caught up with Dodd to learn more.

New York: Queens Library Receives $14M for Capital Improvements

From Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz: Borough President Melinda Katz announced an allocation of $14 million of her Fiscal Year 2016 discretionary capital funds for important expansions, renovations and technology across 12 library branches throughout the borough. “The millions of families who rely on the Queens Library services deserve nothing less than a world-class library […]

Rick Osen, Bellingham Public Library’s Newest Trustee

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Rick Osen is the newest member of the five-person board of trustees at Bellingham Public Library (BPL), WA, but he is no stranger to the library world. Osen served as interim dean of libraries and assistant dean for library administration and planning at Western Washington University for 35 years, retiring in 2014. In February he joined chairman J. Robert Gordon, Rachel Myers, Marilyn Mastor, and Tom Barrett to serve a five-year term on the BPL board, and LJ caught up with him to find out more about his transition from academic librarian to public library trustee.

Ian Singer, VP and Group Publisher, to Depart Media Source (Owner of LJ, SLJ, and The Horn Book)

Here’s the full text of an announcement we just received from MediaSource, parent/publisher of Library Journal, School Library Journal and The Horn Book. Media Source, Inc., has announced that Ian Singer is leaving his position as Vice President & Group Publisher, Library Journals, LLC & The Horn Book, Inc., as of August 28. During his […]

A Win for Sustainability: ALA’s resolution is an important start | Editorial

Rebecca T. Miller

The American Library Association (ALA) took a crucial step when it passed the Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries at the association’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Now we as a profession face the complex work ahead to make the goals of the resolution real. We have this collective articulation to lean on to make it a priority in a holistic sense—across strategic planning, space design, community engagement, and educational outreach. It is critical that we redouble our efforts.

Chicago Public Library Receives $2.5 Million Grant to Expand Early Learning Spaces Across City

From the City of Chicago: Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined this morning by Chicago Public Library (CPL) Commissioner Brian Bannon at the Albany Park Library branch to announce a significant expansion of Chicago Public Library early learning spaces across the city. Thanks to a $2.5 million grant from Exelon Corporation to the Chicago Public Library […]

Harris Poll Shows Growing Support for Book Banning, Ratings

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A recent Harris poll on attitudes about book banning and school libraries revealed that out of the 2,244 U.S. adults surveyed in March 2015, the percentage who felt that certain books should be banned increased by more than half since the last similar study conducted in 2011. In addition, more believe that some books deserve to be banned than movies, television shows, or video games.

Enhance your eBook User Experience with Reader and Mobile Platforms

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Thursday, August 27th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
As a librarian we know you want to get the most out of your eBook investment. With more students / users using mobile devices and publishers expanding their publication offerings to more e-friendly formats it’s essential to have flexible options so students / users to have 24/7 access to all of your eBook resources. Please join the EBSCO eBooks Product Management team for an inside look at the updated EBSCO eBook Viewer and all new EBSCO eBooks app to see how each of these offerings benefits your users.
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Special Collections: Pitt Library Songbook Key to Lawsuit Over ‘Happy Birthday’ Rights

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Happy Birthday to You,” one of the most recognized songs in the world, has long been a cash cow for a company that charges for use of the 1893 ditty. A songbook found by Pitt librarians is likely to end the dispute over whether it should be copyright protected, lawyers say. […]

Leaders and Their Library Message | Leading From the Library

Steven Bell

Many leaders have developed an elevator talk or pitch about their library. When there’s more time and opportunity there’s a place for another type of communication, the “library message.”

FASTR Approved by Senate Committee

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On July 29 the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) unanimously passed S. 779, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act by voice vote. The bill, which calls for public access to taxpayer-funded research, was marked up to bring it into line with the existing White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) policy memorandum and current National institutes of Health (NIH) policy, and will now move to the full Senate for consideration.

The Library Privacy Project and TOR Project Begin Library Exit Node Pilot

From a Library Privacy Project Blog Post by Alison Macrina: Today, we’re excited to announce a new initiative, a collaboration between the Library Freedom Project and Tor Project: Tor exit relays in libraries. Nima Fatemi, the Tor Project member who’s already helped Library Freedom Project in a number of ways, is our main partner on […]

UK: “Libraries Taskforce Secures Further Funding To Roll Out Free Wifi in Public Libraries Across England”

From the UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport Arts Council England announces £7.1million [$11.08 million/USD]to ensure all public libraries in England will offer free wifi access by March 2016. Libraries currently without free wifi access will be given priority and libraries that currently have wifi provision below the recommended technical specification will also have […]

Fall Mystery Announcements

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Thursday, August 20th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Let us take the detective work out of your mystery collection this fall. Join Library Journal for this free one-hour webcast and get a preview of the latest titles in the *highest circulating fiction genre in the U.S. You’ll hear from Books on Tape, Midnight Ink, Oceanview, and Soho Crime, all sure to quicken your patrons’ pulses! Learn which books and audiobooks to match up with your mystery lovers.
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New Video: Creating a 3D Model of the 1903 Wright Flyer at the Smithsonian Institution; Access 3D Model Online

A new background video from the Smithsonian Institution’s Digitization Program Office. The 3D model of the 1903 Wright Flyer (seen in the video) can be accessed and manipulated here. About the Video Learn how 3D technologies were used to digitally document the 1903 Wight Flyer in amazing detail for education, outreach, and research See Also: […]