December 5, 2016

Saskatchewan: Saskatoon Public Library Dedicates Space for Truth and Reconciliation

From the CBC: Saskatoon is now home to what is believed to be the first library space in the province permanently dedicated to reconciliation. Today, Saskatoon’s Frances Morrison Central Library will launch the Read for Reconciliation area. The space will include a full set of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports, as well as numerous books about Canada’s […]

Pennsylvania: “Charity To Provide $100M For Philadelphia Parks, Libraries”

From the AP: A Philadelphia charity said Sunday it will contribute $100 million to help Mayor Jim Kenney renovate city parks, libraries, recreation centers and playgrounds. The William Penn Foundation said the money committed to the mayor’s “Rebuilding Community Infrastructure Initiative” is the largest single grant in the foundation’s history. From Philly.com: The gift, which […]

Leonard Cohen Archives Live on at University of Toronto Library

From The Star: Leonard Cohen’s career took him from Montreal to Greece to Los Angeles, but he chose to leave much of his life’s work, including early poetry and novel manuscripts, in Toronto. The singer, songwriter, poet and novelist, buried last week in Montreal following his death on Nov. 7, for years donated thousands of […]

ALA President Julie Todaro Releases Statement on Libraries, the Association, Diversity and Inclusion

UPDATE: Public Library Association President Felton Thomas Jr. has released a statement on public libraries and inclusiveness. — Here’s the full text of the statement that can be also be accessed on the ALA website Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement regarding the invaluable role libraries and librarians will play […]

Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Announces Recipients of 2016 Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions Awards at Annual Forum

From ULC: The 2016 Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions were presented during a special Innovations Celebration on October 6. The event was part of ULC’s 2016 Annual Forum. Award winners were chosen by a panel of expert judges who considered nearly 270 submissions in 10 categories that supported U.S. and Canadian public library programs focused […]

IMLS and COSLA Working Together to Study Public Library Data Collection in U.S.

The following announcement was made on October 7, 2016. From the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) have begun a project to examine, evaluate, and map the landscape of public library data […]

ALA Launches “45-115 Federal Initiative” to Promote Libraries’ National Agenda

From the American Library Association: Today the American Library Association announced the 45-115 ALA Federal Initiative to promote the capacity of libraries to advance our nation’s goals to leading federal policymakers. The campaign – named after the next President (our 45th) and the next Congress (our 115th) – will position U.S. libraries and library professionals […]

American Library Association (ALA) Begins “Rethinking” Annual Conference

From a Post on the ACRL Insider Blog by ALA Conference Committee Chair Clara N. Bohrer: The ALA Conference Committee is seeking your assistance as we rethink the ALA Annual Conference, looking at member experience, conference-based collaboration and networking, learning and sustainability. [Clip] Our focus is the best possible conference experience for all participants, forward-focused innovation, and […]

Missouri: “Kansas City Library Officials Defend Employee Arrested During Public Event”

UPDATE October 3, 2016 ALA President Julie Todaro Responds to Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library Free Speech Arrests From The Kansas City Star: Kansas City Public Library officials said Friday they are outraged that the city continues to pursue the prosecution of an employee and a patron arrested at a public event earlier this year. […]

Print Disabled: Marrakesh Treaty Enters Into Force Today

Three posts about today’s news are linked below. From World Intellectual Property Office: The “books for blind” treaty entered into force on September 30, 2016, three months after it gained the necessary 20 ratifications or accessions by WIPO member states. “This is a wonderful day for visually impaired people around the world, who will from […]