April 24, 2015

Southwest Airlines Awards Grant to a Florida Public Library System

From the Lee County Public Library System (Fort Myers Area): Today, Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) grew their multi-year commitment to Placemaking and local community development, announcing that Lee County, one of six locations across the U.S. will receive a Heart of the Community grant to enhance the Cornog Plaza on the campus of the Fort […]

IMLS Announces Recipients of 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

IMLS Announces Recipients of 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

A busy day for library-related awards. We posted about the “just announced” Federal Library/Librarian of the Year recipients earlier today. Now, here’s the announcement and list of the ten 2015 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service recipients. Congratulations. The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the recipients of the 2015 National Medal for Museum […]

Vandals Chop Down Ferguson Tree Donated by Black Caucus of ALA and Dedicated to Michael Brown

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: City officials say two saplings, one of them planted in Michael Brown Jr.’s memory, were found damaged Sunday, but the city plans to replace them this week. In a statement Monday, the city said a sapling planted in January Wabash Park, that had been donated by the Black Caucus of […]

Arizona: Pima County (Tucson Area) Considers Closing 4 Libraries to Help Reduce Budget Deficit

From the Arizona Daily Star: County leaders could close four public libraries and limit hours at eight others in an effort to stave off an operating deficit. “I think it’s a very sad day when we have to close libraries,” said Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías. Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry has recommended the closure […]

Arizona: Pima County (Tucson Area) Considers Closing 4 Libraries to Help Reduce Budget Deficit

From the Arizona Daily Star: County leaders could close four public libraries and limit hours at eight others in an effort to stave off an operating deficit. “I think it’s a very sad day when we have to close libraries,” said Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías. Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry has recommended the closure […]

Internet Access in the Library: U. of Maryland’s iPAC & ALA Release Results of “Broadband Quality in Public Libraries” Survey

Here’s a new report from the University of Maryland’s Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) and the American Library Association. From a News Release: Broadband speeds in U.S. public libraries have improved significantly in recent years yet continues to lag behind national broadband connectivity standards, according to “Broadband Quality in Public Libraries,” a new supplementary summary […]

ALA Releases State of America’s Libraries Report 2015, Includes List of Most Challenged Books of 2014

ALA Releases State of America’s Libraries Report 2015, Includes List of Most Challenged Books of 2014

From an Announcement: According to The State of America’s Libraries Report released today by the American Library Association (ALA), academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic […]

Connecticut Librarians “Speak Out” About Possibility of Severe Budget Cuts to Library Programs

From the Stamford Advocate: It was in 1973 that things changed dramatically for public libraries in the state. That was when a Connecticard program was created to allow anyone in Connecticut to enter any public library in the state and borrow materials. The program, funded annually by a state grant of about $1 million, has […]

Digital Course Materials: ProQuest Acquires SIPX

From Today’s Announcement: ProQuest (through its affiliate Bowker) has acquired Palo Alto-based SIPX, creator of a digital course materials solution that addresses a variety of copyright and costs concerns for universities. SIPX eliminates duplicate spending on course packs (collections of assigned readings) by connecting students to materials already purchased and available to them through their […]

New GAO Report: Strong Leadership Needed to Address Serious Information Technology Management Weaknesses at Library of Congress

The following GAO (Government Accountability Office) was published today. From the Highlights Document: The Library of Congress has established policies and procedures for managing its information technology (IT) resources, but significant weaknesses across several areas have hindered their effectiveness: Strategic planning: The Library does not have an IT strategic plan that is aligned with the […]