Grappling with the literacy gap has long been at the heart of library work, and several conversations I had at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia got me thinking that we need to be more creative about how we address this persistent problem. Then, the Turn the Page initiative rolling out in New Orleans hit my email inbox, and it struck me as a fresh and much bolder strategy.
Anthony Marra exploring the erotic inner life of Downton Abbey’s upstanding Mr. Bates, Elizabeth Fremantle writing from the perspective of Anne Boleyn’s dog, Brad Meltzer and A.J. Jacobs co-writing a story whose characters argue about the last words they’ll utter, and Gabrielle Zevin impersonating a former best-selling author struggling to figure out Twitter—these are some […]
Just how much should you care about your library job? Many, if not most, of the librarians I have known during my (pretty long) career have been passionate about their work. But seldom is any issue in a library so straightforwardly obvious to all that there is universal agreement. So what do you do when decisions are made with which you don’t agree, or when services and policies are put in place that you don’t like, or when they’re not put in place when you fervently believe in them? I remember the options described in my library school administration course: you can disagree in private, but you need to agree in public. If you find that you cannot agree in public, then you need to move on. And those choices make good professional sense—but I’m wondering how many of us are able to do that.
Some of the best new professionals I meet and teach are leaving academic libraries. Another scholarly-communication librarian in an academic library got in touch with me online last week about finding a different kind of job. I’m well-used to these messages from scholarly communication librarians and research data managers new to the profession; sometimes they’re my former students, sometimes they’re conference acquaintances or folk I converse with online. Like the other pre-departure messages I’ve gotten, this one came from the kind of new professional every academic library claims to need: smart, tech-savvy, creative, passionate, hard-working, up-to-date, and consciously committed to staying that way. Like the other pre-departure messages I’ve gotten, this one breathed disillusionment and burnout. I’m worried.
Controversy over reading selections at a pair of colleges in South Carolina last year has reared its head again, and this time it may result in budget cuts for the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate. The budget committee in the state House of Representatives recommended budget cuts totaling $70,000 for the two schools, which assigned incoming students and others to read literature about LGBT issues last year.
In recent years, the Chester Fritz Library at the University of North Dakota (UND) has been in a funding situation that may sound familiar to many academic librarians. While the budget for the library has been flat since 2008, annual largess from the university’s discretionary funds has kept the library from having to eliminate services. This year, though, those supplemental funds are not available, meaning that even without a cut, the library faces a gaping hole in its funding.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s Proposed Budget Will Include Money For Six-Day Service at All Library Branches
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will release his proposed FY 2015 budget tomorrow but KYW Radio’s Mike Dunn has learned that the budget will include money to increase hours at all branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Dunn writes: Nutter also is setting aside an extra $2.5 million for six-day service at all library branches. […]
The Thomas Galante/Queens Public Library story continues today with the NY Daily News reporting that the FBI, federal prosecutors, and NYC’s Department of Investigation have begun an investigation of Queens Library Director, Thomas Galante. From a NYDN Article: The first sign of the joint probe came Friday when agents for the FBI and DOI suddenly […]
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From Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly: Rowman & Littlefield has announced a new partnership to provide e-books directly to the Douglas County Libraries (DCL) E-Book platform. Under terms of the deal, R&L will be provide its e-books at a flat discount directly to the library, which will then own, and host the e-books on its […]
UPDATE Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director of the American Library Association’s Washington Office, comments on the budget request in the District Dispatch post, “Federal library funding cut in proposed budget”. President Obama released his FY2015 budget request today (via FDsys). A mobile version of the document is also available at: http://m.gpo.g/budget/ Here’s some background about the $226,448,000 portion […]
Gale Announces Plans to Rebrand Virtual Reference Library & Launch New eBook Collections, New Publishing Program
Today, Gale shared news about new initiatives, content, and the rebranding of the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Rebranding of Gale Virtual Reference Library The company plans to combine the reference content from its 90 publishing partners with monographs and multimedia content, such as videos… Addition of STEM E-book Titles Gale will now provide science, technology, […]