September 15, 2014

Queens Library Director Thomas Galante Placed on Indefinite Paid Leave by Library Board

From the NY Daily News: The story of embattled Queens library chief Thomas Galante entered a new chapter Thursday night after he was put on indefinite leave by the board. Galante, who has headed up the Queens public library since 2003, will get full pay [$392,000/year] while he is out on leave… But he’s banished […]

Macmillan Begins Selling eBooks To Library Consortia

The change to Macmillan’s library ebook sales policy for public libraries is effective immediately according to a post on OverDrive’s Digital Library Blog: Macmillan Publishers has made the decision to begin selling their eBooks to library consortia! [Clip] Macmillan eBooks are Metered Access eBooks available for 52 checkouts or a 24-month timeframe, whichever comes first. […]

Free Library of Philadelphia Receives $25 Million Grant For Central and Branch Library Renovations

The $25 million grant is the largest grant ever given by the William Penn Foundation. It’s also the largest grant ever received by the Free Library of Philadelphia. The renovations are part of the just announced 21st Century Libraries Initiative. From The Philadelphia Inquirer: The Free Library will receive $25 million from William Penn over […]

Europe: “Libraries May Be Permitted To Digitise Books Without Copyright Owner’s Consent, EU High Court Rules”

From Intellectual Property Watch: European Union governments may allow libraries to digitise books in their collection without rights owners’ consent in order to make them available at electronic reading posts, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said on 11 September. If library users want to print works out on paper or store them on a […]

North Carolina State U. Library Awarded Grant to Develop Social Media Collection, Curation, and Preservation Toolkit

Some news from Wolfpack Country! The toolkit that is discussed below is scheduled to be released during Summer 2015. From NCSU Libraries: The North Carolina State University Libraries has been awarded a grant to tackle a significant emerging opportunity for academic libraries and the historians, social scientists, and other researchers that they support: how best […]

University of Texas at Austin Police Report Phishing Scheme Impersonating UT Libraries

From The Daily Texan: An unknown suspect used the UT Libraries interface and a fraudulent email address to launch a targeted phishing attack affecting students at the University. UTPD first reported the attack on Aug. 13 after several students received suspicious emails with the title “*Subject: **UTexas Library System Problem*.” According to UTPD spokeswoman Cindy Posey, […]

Librarians: Meg Backus Resigns Position, Nate Hill Suspended at Chattanooga Public Library

Below is an update to a story we first posted about last week. See: “Thousands Misspent at Chattanooga Public Library as Director, Top Aides Cited in Report” Posted: August 29, 2014. This post also includes the full text of the auditor’s report. Today’s News (September 5, 2014) From the Chattanooga Times Free Press: After two […]

U. of Pennsylvania’s ‘ModPo’ MOOC Partners with New York Public Library

From Penn Current: Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman created an American tradition of radical poetry about 160 years ago, and this year, Penn’s Kelly Writers House (KWH) and the New York Public Library (NYPL) have created a radical way to teach it. Starting this fall, New Yorkers enrolled in Al Filreis’ online Modern and Contemporary […]

Canada: Vancouver Public Library’s Main Branch Undergoing Reorganization, New “Inspiration Lab” Being Built

Media coverage of a reorganization process that began earlier this summer. From the Vancouver Sun: The downtown branch, which is known as the Central Library, is being rearranged to make it easier for people to find books, as well as to create space for a new Inspiration Lab. The 3,000-square-foot Inspiration Lab will be on […]

Pennsylvania: Oldest Public Library in the Nation in Danger of Closing (Video)

From NBC Philadelphia: For more than two centuries, the Darby Free Library has remained both a vital part of its community as well as a historical landmark. Built in 1743 by Quakers, it remains the oldest public library [in continuous service] in the nation. But a financial crisis has left it in danger of shutting […]