August 31, 2015

First-Ever “Public Libraries & STEM” Event Forges New Alliances

Professionals from the library, education, and STEM fields gathered last week in Denver to participate in “Public Libraries & STEM,” the first conference of its kind to convene leaders from these arenas to examine current and future practices at the intersection of librarianship and science, technology, engineering, and math.

Obama Foundation Releases Request for Qualifications For Architecture Firms Interested in Designing Obama Presidential Center (Library and Museum)

From the Barack Obama Foundation: Today, The Barack Obama Foundation released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) soliciting submissions from firms interested in providing architectural design services for the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). The RFQ outlines the goals of the OPC and asks for submission of credentials, references, examples of prior work, and additional materials to […]

Sunland Park Library Reopens After Three Year Hiatus

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The Sunland Park Community Library (SPCL), NM, celebrated a grand reopening on August 13th after a three-year suspension. The library had closed amid tremendous budget deficiencies, as well as allegations that the library director, among other city employees, had committed voter fraud. “It’s open 40 hours a week again,” Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea told […]

Colorado: “Arapahoe Libraries Seeking $6 Million Tax Increase This Fall”

From The Denver Post: The Arapahoe Library District will ask voters this fall to approve an annual tax increase of nearly $6 million to support updates to the district’s book selection, technology, literacy-based programs and numerous other services, the district announced this week. The district’s Board of Trustees voted to place the initiative on the […]

Queens Library Gets $14 Million More for Capital Improvements

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In early May, LJ reported that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed executive budget was set to cut $10 million in funding from New York City library systems. Library advocates rallied against the Mayor’s prospective cuts, and in June there was a massive turnaround—for FY16, the Mayor’s announced budget ultimately included a cumulative $43 million for Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library (QL).

Feedback: Letters to LJ, August 2015 Issue

Letters to the August 2015 issue of Library Journal, including CA towns’ weeding shifting too fast to digital, keeping the Copyright Office at the Library of Congress, and setting the record straight on residency requirements

Arkansas: State Budget Cuts Force Pope County Libraries to Reduce Hours, Cut Book Budget

From The Courier Online: A slash in state funding for libraries prompted many changes in the Pope County Library System (PCLS). Shawn Pierce, PCLS director, explained the cuts at an Aug. 19 meeting of the Pope County Library Board. Areas of PCLS affected by decreased funds include the book budget, part-time salaries, hours of operation, […]

Speak Up: Supporting Online Language Learning with In-Person Programs

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Thursday, September 17th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join Will Chan, program administrator for services to new immigrants with Denver Public Library; Sandy Irwin, library director at the Durango Public Library, CO; Jack Marmorstein, Director of Learning Solutions from sponsor Rosetta Stone, Eric Soriano, e-services librarian with the Jacksonville Public Library (JPL), FL; and moderator Erin Shea, ‎Supervisor, Harry Bennett and Weed Hollander Branches at The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT, as they discuss strategies such as cultural programming, volunteer facilitators, and partnerships with community organizations that can take online language learning to the next (reading) level.
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Planning Your Library Vote | Trustees Corner

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Resistance from taxpayers. Reluctance from board members. Friends not ready to be advocates. It’s no secret: waging a successful budget/funding vote, building referendum, or redistricting campaign can be challenging for any library.

Syracuse University iSchool Project Tracks Election 2016 Social Media, Software Code Available via Github

From the Syracuse University iSchool: As the 2016 presidential candidates kick off their campaigns, School of Information Studies (iSchool) professor Jenny Stromer-Galley is ready to follow their social media posts, tracking what the candidates say and how the public reacts. Stromer-Galley is working with an interdisciplinary team to collect tweets and hashtags on Twitter, as […]

News Briefs | August 2015

Dayton Metro Library received a Collections Innovation Award from the Urban Libraries Council, Santa Barbara PL assumed control over Buellton Library, and more news in brief from the August 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Library People News | August 2015

Banush named Dean of Libraries at Tulane; Blanton appointed Director, Louisville Free Public Library; Rosenblum appointed Chief Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library, and other new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the August 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Crossed Signals for University of Akron Press

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When the University of Akron (UA), OH, revealed plans on July 27 to restructure the University of Akron Press (UAP) and terminate its three full-time employees, the decision was met with a mixture of dismay and confusion. As part of a campus-wide effort to trim the university’s $367 million FY15 budget by $40 million before the beginning of the fall semester—which included cutting more than 200 other jobs as well as the school’s baseball program—UAP editorial and design coordinator Amy Freels and print manufacturing and digital production coordinator Carol Slatter were given two weeks’ notice. Press director Thomas Bacher was told to take two weeks’ paid leave, after which he would serve out the remainder of his contract through January 2016. Associate professor of English Jon Miller was named transitional director of the press.

Are You a Nomophobe? | Not Dead Yet

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Cheryl LaGuardia discusses the effects of smartphone addiction in libraries and society.

DataQ, a New Collaborative Platform for Answering Research Data Questions in Academic Libraries Formally Launches

DataQ, a new platform for answering research data questions in academic libraries has formally launched online. The new resource is sponsored by: University Libraries at U. of Colorado Boulder Great Western Libraries Libraries Alliance Great Plains Network (GPN) with funding via a Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries. From […]