June 30, 2015

What’s in the Box | Field Reports

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As libraries work to maintain and increase their relevance, heightening awareness among nonusers is a ­necessity for survival and prosperity. To bring new users through its doors, Barr Memorial Library, an award-winning library serving the military community in Fort Knox, KY, leveraged the power of curiosity, posing the question, “What’s in the LibraryBox?”

The San Francisco Deets | ALA 2015

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The opening general session of this year’s American Library Association (ALA) conference in San Francisco was a feel good fest, thanks largely to the good luck and good planning that ALA demonstrated in booking Roberta Kaplan, lawyer for the Supreme Court case that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, as the opening keynote. On the two-year anniversary of that case, the Court found in favor of marriage equality, turning Kaplan’s speech into an emotional victory celebration punctuated with standing ovations.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, June 15, 2015 Issue

Sacred cows, the problem with free ebooks, is the MLIS too easy, and other letters to the editor from the June 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal

2015 Andrew Carnegie Winners

CLockwise from top left: fiction winner Anthony Doerr at the podium accepting his award; keynote speaker Karemm Abdul-Jabbar enlightened the audience, and nonfiction winner Bryan Stevenson celebrates his win. Photos by Tom Graves and James Rosso/TwiceHeroes.com

Each year, the American Library Association awards the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Honoring the festivities at this year’s annual conference in San Francisco were outgoing ALA president Courtney Young, presenting the welcome address; author and basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, delivering the keynote; and Carnegie Medals Selection Committee Member Donna Seaman, announcing the winners. Below is the […]

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Robert Miller appointed CEO of LYRASIS, Michael Cox named Deputy Director of the Whatcom County Library System, Mary Margaret Farrell is Dean of Libraries at Clemson University, and more new appointments, hires, and promotions and other people news from the June 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

News Briefs for June 15, 2015

University of South Carolina acquires Dashiell Hammett’s papers, Toledo–Lucas County Public Library is chosen as a Literary Landmark in honor of the original Nancy Drew author; Jefferson County Library, WI, moved to the Waukesha County Federated Library System, and more news in brief from the June 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Knight Foundation Announces Plan For a Second Knight News Challenge Focused on Library Innovation

From the Knight Foundation Blog: Today we are happy to share that we will run a second challenge focused on library innovation in 2016, and we would like your thoughts to help shape the challenge around the future needs and opportunities for libraries. Please share your thoughts with us on Twitter using the hashtag #newschallenge […]

San Francisco Public Library Becomes First 10 Gigabit Library in U.S.

From a Joint Announcement: San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), and the City and County of San Francisco announced today that they have collaborated to provide unprecedented direct connection at 10 gigabits per second access speed to CENIC’s California Research and Education Network (CalREN) and from there […]

ALA Releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

ALA’s Policy Agenda for Libraries was released today as the 2015 ALA Annual Conference gets underway in San Francisco. The full text document is available here. A four page executive summary is also available. A foreword to the agenda written by Deborah Jacobs from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was also published. Policy goals […]

Three Books on Self-Publishing | Self-Publishing & Libraries

While your lIbrary probably already collects some of the many guides on how to write a book, this month I’d like to recommend three essential titles for your collection that can help aspiring authors take the next step to turning their finished manuscript into a clean ebook.

Cynthia G. Hurd, Librarian, Among Those Killed in Charleston Shooting

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On the night of Wednesday, June 17, a gunman opened fire at a prayer meeting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, SC; officials described the shooting as racially motivated. The suspect was apprehended Thursday morning in North Carolina, more than 200 miles away. Nine community members were killed, including Cynthia G. Hurd, manager of St. Andrews Regional Library branch at Charleston County Public Library (CCPL).

Sharing Policy Draws Criticism; Elsevier Responds

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On April 30 the academic publishing company Elsevier announced that it would be updating its article sharing policies. In a post on its website titled Unleashing the power of academic sharing, Elsevier’s director of access and policy Alicia Wise outlined a framework of new sharing and hosting policies, which include guidelines for sharing academic articles at every stage of their existence, from preprint to post-publication, and protocol for both non-commercial—that is, repository—and commercial hosting platforms.

EBSCO and Ex Libris Announce Collaboration Agreement

From Today’s Joint Announcement: Ex Libris and EBSCO Information Systems  are pleased to announce an agreement to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize the experience of library patrons who are using Ex Libris solutions to access full-text content hosted on the EBSCOhost platform. The two companies have committed to expanding their collaboration to other areas as […]

ALA Sends Letter to President Obama Urging Him to Select a Librarian as Next Librarian of Congress

We were very happy to read the letter (we’ve posted it below) from ALA President Courtney Young to President Obama urging him to select a professional librarian as the next Librarian of Congress. There are many highly qualified librarian candidates that have all of the required skills required to lead LC. As we recently pointed […]

San Jose Public Library to Expand to Six-Day Schedule July 11

From the San Jose Mercury News: All 22 San Jose Public Library branches, including the Berryessa branch, will be open six days per week beginning Saturday, July 11. [Clip] In April, San Jose City Council approved Mayor Sam Liccardo’s proposal for restoring the six-day schedule. Since then, the library has been recruiting staff and making […]