May 26, 2015

New Orleans Library Foundation Board Members Resign in Funding Scandal

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Only days after a definitive victory at the polls, the New Orleans library landscape was making news again—but this time it was the Foundation, not the library itself, and the news was not good. On May 5, an investigative report by correspondent David Hammer for local New Orleans station WWL-TV revealed that between 2012 and 2013 Irvin Mayfield and Ronald Markham, who then served on the board of the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) Foundation as chair and president, respectively, gave the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) at least $863,000 in funding originally made to the NOPL Foundation. At that time both Mayfield and Markham were also drawing annual salaries of $100,000 apiece from the nonprofit NOJO, Mayfield as its founder and artistic director and Markham as president and CEO.

Schools, Libraries Will Receive Full Request of $3.9B in E-Rate Funding

From FedScoop: Schools and libraries across the country will be getting the full amount they requested to upgrade their telecommunications and wireless services from the Federal Communications Commission, which capped the funding this year at $3.9 billion. In total, the districts requested $3.92 billion [including $1.6 billion for internal Wi-Fi networks] — just over the […]

Meeting Information Challenges | Notable Government Documents 2014

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has long been recognized as a pioneer among government agencies in streamlining its operations. Testifying before a House Appropriations SubCommittee, public printer Davita Vance-Cooks spoke in support of changing the name of the office to one more reflective of the agency’s commitment to a transformation “from a print-centric to […]

A Strong Foundation: Library Master Planning, from Campus or Community Vision to Broad-Based Support

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
From first surveying the terrain to (literal or metaphorical) groundbreaking, planning for an exceptional academic or public library is a journey.
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10 Branches Win NYC Neighborhood Library Awards

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NYC Neighborhood Libraries_groupLibrary leaders, staff, friends, and council members gathered May 20 in a grand celebration atop New York City’s Hearst Tower to for the second NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. This year, the Charles H. Revson Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation teamed up to make the awards even more impactful, doubling the total award amounts and creating strong engagement with library users along the way. The ten winning branch libraries were selected from more than 13,000 nominations. The five winners, which each received $20,000, are: Langston Hughes Library, Corona (Queens); Mott Haven Library, Mott Haven (the Bronx); New Lots Library, East New York (Brooklyn); Parkchester Library, Parkchester (the Bronx); and Stapleton Library, Stapleton (Staten Island).

OCLC Plans to Lay Off 27 Employees at Dublin, Ohio World Headquarters

,From The Columbus Dispatch: OCLC will lay off 27 employees at its Dublin operation in a move to readjust staffing “in line with future needs.” [Clip] Over the last five years, OCLC has been in a period of significant investment in new products and services,” the nonprofit computer-service and research organization said in a statement. […]

hoopla Adds Ebooks and Comics, Develops “Action View” Technology for App

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hoopla digital, the streaming media service for libraries developed by Midwest Tape, announced the addition of ebooks and comics to its platform. The initial selection features thousands of titles from publishers including IDW, RosettaBooks, Chicago Review Press, Dundurn Press, and Tyndale House, which will join hoopla’s catalog of more than 300,000 streaming movies, television shows, music albums, and audiobooks.

Marc Andreessen and His Wife are Partnering With HP to Donate Computers to Baltimore and Ferguson Libraries

From the USA Today: Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen [also developer of Mozilla (first visual web browser) that became Netscape where he was co-founder] and the and his wife, philanthropist and educator Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, have teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to donate nearly $170,000 worth of computers, printers and other equipment. The couple says they were moved […]

Serving Two Masters | Library by Design, Spring 2015

A NATURAL PARTNERSHIP The Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library balances unique design against the retention ponds created to absorb rainwater. Photo ©Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Joint-use libraries, especially partnerships between public libraries and colleges, are rare but not unheard of. In an era of belt-tightening, pooling resources with a partner that shares many of your institution’s goals can be a tempting proposition for schools and cities alike. It’s complex, but as seen at the Tidewater Community College/City of ­Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library, opened in 2013, it can also be extremely rewarding.

Adult Learners in the Library–Are they Being Served? | Peer to Peer Review

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Like many academic librarians, after completing the marathon of the traditional school year, we often use the summer semester to reflect, revise, and plan for the upcoming fall. In the summer of 2012, during a casual conversation in which we shared stories about rewarding reference interactions, we stumbled upon an “a-ha moment,” discovering an opportunity to connect targeted library outreach with an underserved user group. During this exchange, we realized how much we both enjoy working with adult learners and how they always seem genuinely interested in gaining skills to make themselves better library users, and therefore better students. This conversation became the catalyst for an idea of a library course designed specifically for adult learners returning to the classroom.

Stacey Aldrich: A Sense of Aloha

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Stacey Aldrich was named state librarian of Hawaii on February 18 by the Hawaii Board of Education, filling the position vacated by former state librarian Richard Burns when he retired in in December 2014. Aldrich, a 2003 LJ Mover & Shaker, is no stranger to state libraries: She served as state librarian for California from 2009–12 and as deputy secretary for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries of Pennsylvania from 2012 until this year.

The Art of Narrating an Audiobook: A Primer for Librarians

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Thursday, June 11th, 2015, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT
With hundreds of titles to his credit, including adult, personal development, history, comedy, and children’s books narrations, the man AudioFile magazine calls the “best narrator for children’s books around” is the ideal guide for showing librarians all the ins and outs of this complex industry. Then, if time allows, Johnny will take questions from the audience about his work and artistic process. This is one presentation that no librarian will want to miss.
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Massachusetts: Rembrandt, Dürer Works Valued at More than $600,000 Missing from Boston Public Library

From the Boston Globe: Police are investigating the disappearance of two works of art worth more than $600,000, including a print of a Rembrandt self-portrait, that went missing last month from the Boston Public Library’s flagship branch in Copley Square, authorities said Tuesday. A report from the Boston Police Department’s Anti-Corruption Unit states that officers […]

ALA and Internet Archive are Part of Coalition Urging President Obama to Support Strong Data Encryption and Oppose Surveillance “Backdoors”

A letter signed by over 150 organizations and individuals including the American Library Association, EPIC,  Internet Archive, and The Tor Project was sent to the White House today by the New America’s Open Technology Institute. From the Announcement: The letter, signers of which include technology industry giants such as Apple and Google, is the latest round in the ongoing […]

Design Institute Boston Design Challenges | Library by Design, Spring 2015

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Design challenges from the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library, the Kingston Public Library, The Newburgh Free Library, The Springfield City Library, and Towson University.