On April 1, the people of Oregon’s Douglas County will see ten of their 11 libraries close. The last, the main, will soon follow. This decision by the county Board of Commissioners, announced January 9, is a sad outcome to a long battle to keep the system open. For those who live there, it will mean a devastating loss of a key cultural hub along with the access to information, expertise, technology, stories, voices from around the world, a book-rich environment, and all the skill development, inspiration, and aspiration these resources offer. It’s a loss the community at large should not take lightly.
Bob Pasicznyuk started as director of of Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA, in 2009, a year after the city’s main branch had been entirely destroyed by flooding. Pasicznyuk came from his position as Associate Director at Douglas County Libraries, CO, to take the helm of a team that had collectively won Library Journal’s 2009 Librarian of the Year award and led the rebuilding of Cedar Rapids Library. Now, he’s returning to Douglas County to take over following the retirement of long-time director Jamie LaRue. Library Journal spoke with Pasicznyuk about his return to Colorado.
The discussion of self-published titles in libraries has increased in recent years, in direct proportion to the angst surrounding ongoing ebook licensing negotiations with major traditional publishers. Prompted by the prospect of limited availability of popular titles or higher prices—probably both—librarians are understandably weighing alternatives that might satisfy readership demands. There are, however, very real barriers that must be overcome before self-publishing is likely to be even a small component of many collection efforts. Some barriers will fall away naturally as this growing market gains momentum and filters its way into downstream publishing markets like libraries, while others will require a more concerted advocacy effort to overcome.
In pursuit of what they view as greater accountability, the Douglas County, CO, board of commissioners is making a bid to take over the naming of library trustees. Since the mid-1990s, new trustees have been nominated by the existing trustees. The commissioners ratify the appointment.
Although many details have yet to be worked out, Bibliotheca’s fledgling ebook division has attracted some strong library talent and is aspiring to a national ebook solution for libraries.
The Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the Douglas County Libraries have signed an agreement by which the association will sell ebooks to the library and the library will house the files on their own servers and be responsible for digital rights management. The program was first announced in March (see LJ‘s full coverage here), […]