August 27, 2016

CNN: “In Historic First, International Criminal Court Has Classified Destroying Cultural Artifacts as a War Crime”

From CNN: In a historic first, the International Criminal Court has classified destroying cultural artifacts as a war crime. It follows the trial of jihadist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, who pleaded guilty Monday to destroying religious monuments in the ancient city of Timbuktu in Mali. [Clip] Mahdi, also known as “Abou Tourab,” was charged in March […]

New Online: IMLS Releases FY 2014 Public Libraries Survey Data, New Visualization Tools Also Available

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released FY 2014 Public Libraries Survey data earlier today. Links below. From IMLS: Today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services released the data for the FY 2014 Public Libraries Survey. Accompanying FY 2014 data are new online visualizations and tools to make the data easier to […]

In Philadelphia, Public Libraries are Serving as Hubs of Health Information (Nurses in the Library)

From Penn News (U. of Pennsylvania) News: Public libraries serve communities in myriad ways, providing places where people gather to read, learn a new language, access the internet, pick up tax forms, or apply for jobs. Now, with support from a President’s Engagement Prize, Penn School of Nursing graduate Melanie Mariano will help Philadelphia’s public libraries […]

In the UK, BBC Radio and Libraries Partnering to Create “One of the Biggest Book Club in Country”

From The Bookseller: Altogether just under 40 BBC local radio stations in England including two on the Channel Islands are teaming up with libraries in their areas to launch a new Book of the Month slot, to encourage both reading and boost visits to libraries. The initiative, organised in partnership with the Society of Chief […]

Love in Uniform: Military Romance | Collection Development, August 2016

Current trends in military romance both reflect and anticipate events in the nonfictional world. Since the takedown of Osama bin Laden, battalions of romances star SEALs, while the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has led to a spate of same-sex happy endings.

Report: Chicago’s Historic Jackson Park Neighborhood Selected For Site of Obama Library, Formal Announcement Expected Next Week

Note: Along with being close to the University of Chicago, the Jackson Park neighborhood is also home to one of the city’s most famous attractions and resources, the Museum of Science and Industry. The area was also home to the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. From The Chicago Tribune: President Barack Obama and first lady […]

Georgia: “Fulton County to Renovate Historic Central Library, Not Build New”

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Fulton County commissioners voted Wednesday to spend up to $55 million to renovate Atlanta’s Central Library, scuttling plans to build a new facility downtown. The decision brings to an end months of debate over whether the county should keep the iconic building near Peachtree Center that has fallen into disrepair and […]

Bernie Sanders To Publish “Our Revolution”

On November 15, Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, will release a new book by U.S. Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The book, sanderstitled Our Revolution: A Future To Believe In (304p. ISBN 9781250132925. $27. ebk. ISBN 9781250132932. CD: Macmillan Audio), offers both an account of Sanders’s campaign for the presidency and an argument for the progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda he proposes to create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all.

Dr. Carla Hayden is the New Librarian of Congress, Senate Approves Nomination 74-18

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The U.S. Senate has just voted to APPROVE the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden as Librarian of Congress. C-SPAN video of comments by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and the vote should be available soon here. Roll Call Vote Info (via U.S. Senate) Those Voting No on Hayden Nomination 1. Vitter 2. Lee 3. Cruz 4. […]

Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

Where’s Pikachu? How libraries are connecting with patrons over this wildly popular new virtual treasure hunt that uses geolocation—and why the game raises privacy concerns.