August 25, 2014

Canada: New $57.6 Million/129,000 Sq Ft Halifax Public Library Opening This Fall

From The Globe and Mail: Halifax’s new $57.6-million gleaming glass library of the future is to open later this fall – a 129,000-square-foot building in the city’s downtown with a unique cantilevered rectangular glass box on the top, suggesting a stack of books. Fully accessible, culturally sensitive, environmentally sustainable and architecturally stunning, with elegant angles […]

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Will Build $40 Million Archives & Conservation Center in Suburban DC

From The Gazette: Bowie [Maryland, pronounced Boo-ee] will soon be the home of the largest collection of Holocaust archives in the world, according to representatives from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Andrew Hollinger, a spokesman for the museum, said that because of recent efforts to search out and collect evidence of the Holocaust, the […]

Nebraska: Omaha’s Proposed City Budget Includes Reduced Funding For Public Libraries

From the Omaha.Com/Omaha World-Herald: The [budget] plan headed to the City Council for a public hearing Tuesday comes with a cut for the city’s libraries; the department’s $13.1 million budget is down about 5 percent from last year. To avoid cutting staff or library hours, officials have plans to reduce the library’s materials budget — […]

Video: $6.6. Million Worth of State Funds Withheld from Missouri Libraries

From KODE-TV/ “This is huge and it will hurt,” says Joplin Public Library Director Jacque Gage. It’s a 6.6 million dollar cut– affecting libraries across the Show Me State. “We currently get 50 cents per capita for everyone in our library district to assist with library services,” says Gage. In Joplin, this means a loss […]

The Big Weed: Boston Public Library Weeding Up to 180,000 Books From Print Collection

From The Boston Globe: The library, in Roxbury, once brimmed with books. But officials have been steadily culling its collection the past few months as part of a push by BPL administrators to dispose of up to 180,000 little-used volumes from shelves and archives of branches citywide by year’s end. Library officials say the reductions […]

Video: Boise Public Library is Opening a Digital Branch at Boise Airport Later This Month

A new addition for your libraries in airports list. From KTVB (Includes Video): The Philadelphia airport has a digital library and our Airport Director, Rebecca Hupp, had visited there this spring and she came back and said can we do this in Boise?” said Kevin Booe, Boise Public Library director. His response? Of course. And […]

Nebraska: The Omaha Public Library’s Book Bike Hits the Streets For the First Time

Like we’ve seen in other U.S. cities including Seattle, Denver, and Boston, the Omaha Public Library now has a book bike. Three pictures of the bike from and a report from WOWT. Anyone can check out a book when they see the bike and also make use of it’s mobile wi-fi [Clip] “It’s an […]

Open Data: FCC Makes More Than 1.4 GB of Open Internet Comments More Accessible to Public

From the Federal Communications Commission: It goes without saying that there has been tremendous interest in the FCC’s Open Internet rulemaking.  As of yesterday, over 1.1 million comments were filed in the docket, both through our Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) and our special email address.  We welcome and expect many more comments in […]

Bowker Reports U.S. Traditional Print Book Production Dipped Slightly in 2013, Print-on-Demand Experiences Steep Decline

Bowker Reports U.S. Traditional Print Book Production Dipped Slightly in 2013, Print-on-Demand Experiences Steep Decline

From Bowker: Production of print books by traditional publishers slowed in the United States in 2013, declining from 309,957 titles in 2012 to a projected 304,912 titles in 2013, according to Bowker. The two percent decrease reverses the sector’s growth in 2012 over 2011, but points to a relatively stable market for print works despite […]

Alabama: Lack of Funds Stalls ‘Library of Future’ Plan in Montgomery

From the Montgomery Advertiser: The Montgomery City-County Library Board has decided for now to shelve plans to create the state-of-the-art library that originally was envisioned as part of the Questplex project. The problem came down to not having the money to do it, said Thomas McPherson, president of the Montgomery City-County Library Board. “We have […]