April 23, 2014

Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other […]

Open Library of Humanities Receives Mellon Funding

From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundationgrant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme. The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) […]

Revisions to Rules of Public Library User Conduct Being Discussed in San Francisco & South Carolina

Two items to share in this post. 1. San Francisco Editorial:  New rules for S.F. public libraries are overdue (via SF Chronicle via Google Cache) A new editorial by the San Francisco Chronicle supports efforts to, “crack down on unruly behavior.” From the Editorial: The revisions also include new violation categories, like loitering in library […]

Connecticut House of Representatives Passes Bill to Create Statewide Ebook Platform

From The Day: The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill [HB 5477] on Wednesday that aims to lower the price of electronic books for public libraries over time by having the State Library Board set up a statewide platform for e-books. [Clip] The hope is that publishers will give better prices to the State […]

EBSCO Releases New Metadata Sharing and Collaboration Policy For Discovery Service Vendors

From EBSCO: EBSCO Information Services has released its new policy on metadata sharing and technology collaboration. EBSCO will make all metadata (and full text when contractually allowed) available for more than 120 full-text databases and 500,000+ e-books, as well as over 50 historical digital archives to third party discovery services. The policy outlines EBSCO’s commitment to exchanging […]

DPLA Celebrates First Birthday With New Content Hubs and New Records

DPLA Celebrates First Birthday With New Content Hubs and New Records

On April 18, 2013 the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) formally launched. Tomorrow, DPLA celebrates its first birthday. Congratulations to Founding Director, Dan Cohen and the entire DPLA team. At the bottom of this post are several infoDOCKET posts from DPLA’s first year including one that looks at the cool, useful, and our favorite […]

IMLS Releases New Data Showing More than 90% of Public Libraries Have Used E-rate

IMLS Releases New Data Showing More than 90% of Public Libraries Have Used E-rate

From an Institute of Museum and Library Services “Up Next” Blog Post by Carlos Manjarrez, Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation,and Justin Grimes, Statistician, IMLS: With more than $36 billion dollars of discounts provided to date, the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as “E-rate,” helps schools and libraries acquire Internet access and telecommunication products […]

ALA Releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report Including List of Most Challenged Books of 2013

The full text report (HTML) is available here. A PDF version is “coming soon” according to ALA. Highlights From the Report (via ALA News Release and Report Intro): Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the […]

The Authors Guild Files Brief in Google Books Appeal & Proposes That Congress Establish a National Digital Library

From the Associated Press: “Saying Google Inc. is stealing business from online book retailers, the Authors Guild asked a federal appeals court Friday to reinstate its lawsuit contending that the Internet giant is violating copyright laws with its massive book digitization project.” From the Authors Guild News Release: “Without the permissions that Amazon had painstakingly […]

Florida: Without More Tax Dollars, Miami-Dade Library System Would Fire More Than Half its Full-Time Staff

Note: Two related items are linked at the bottom of this post. From the Miami Herald: Without more tax dollars, Miami-Dade County’s library system would fire 56 percent of its full-time staff and bring on part-time workers to operate branches that will see hours cut by an average of 35 percent, according to a document […]