March 26, 2015

New York Public Library to Break Ground on Expansion of Underground Storage at Iconic 42nd Street Building

From the NYPL: The New York Public Library breaks ground this week on a significant expansion of modern underground storage at its iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The project – approved by the Library’s Board of Trustees in September 2012 – will transform 55,700 square feet of raw space […]

State of Vermont’s Public Law Library on “Chopping Block” Along With Other Potential Cuts to State Library Services

From the Rutland Herald: Vermont’s law library is one of many programs potentially on the chopping block due to the state’s nearly $113 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2016. It is the only public law library in Vermont. State Librarian Martha Reid said Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration asked her to make about $471,000 in […]

Official Statement and CEO Letter: OverDrive Sold to Rakuten For $410 Million in Cash

OverDrive was sold to Rakuten, a Japanese company today for $410 million. It’s a cash deal and is scheduled to close next month (April 2015). Overdrive will be part of Rakuten USA. Rakuten is an e-commerce company headquartered in Japan. Here’s a list of Rakuten’s major businesses. The Rakuten announcement notes that OverDrive achieved EBITDA of […]

Library of Congress Honors Louise Erdrich

Library of Congress Honors Louise Erdrich

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced that Louise Erdrich will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, to be awarded during the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, September 5, at Washington, DC’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The award is given for both artistic merit and originality of […]

A New Public Library News Roundup is Now Available (25 Stories From the U.S. and Canada)

Here’s our latest roundup with a selection of public library stories from the U.S. and Canada. Alberta Medicine Hat: Library staff pay increased through new collective agreement (via Medicine Hat News) Arkansas Fayetteville library’s future still unclear after city, court decisions (via Arkansas Online) California Alameda County: Librarian connects incarcerated youths to lesser-known writers (via […]

The National Book Critics Circle Honors Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, at Its 2014 Awards Ceremony

The National Book Critics Circle Honors Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, at Its 2014 Awards Ceremony

In an awards ceremony on March 12, 2015, honoring the best writing of publishing year 2014, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) crowned the careers of distinguished writers Marilynne Robinson and David Brion Davis, winners in fiction and nonfiction, respectively, while settling its precedent-breaking dual nomination of Claudia Rankine in the poetry and criticism categories […]

Minnesota Public Radio on a Library Catalog Card Artist

From MPR: Vickie Moore grew up flipping through catalog cards in search of what to read next. Using a computer is certainly more convenient, she admitted, “but it’s not the same as browsing through the card catalog, which was a bit like wandering through a bookstore.” [Clip] An artist by training, she was accustomed to […]

Wikimedia Foundation, ACLU, and Others Sue National Security Agency (NSA) and Justice Dept. Over Mass Surveillance Program

From the Wikimedia Foundation: Today, the Wikimedia Foundation is filing suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States. The lawsuit challenges the NSA’s mass surveillance program, and specifically its large-scale search and seizure of internet communications — frequently referred to as “upstream” surveillance. Our aim in […]

James Patterson Partners with Scholastic to Give Away $1.25M to School Libraries

James Patterson Partners with Scholastic to Give Away $1.25M to School Libraries

Best-selling author James Patterson announces that in partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, he’s pledged to give away $1.25 million in grants to school libraries in 2015. Nominations open March 9.

California: Possible Measles Exposure For Library Patrons at Two Branches of Berkeley Public Library

From the Bay Area News Group (via Contra Costa Times): Public health officials say a person who may be infected with measles visited the West and Central branches of the city library Feb. 27 and 28, potentially exposing hundreds of patrons to the airborne virus. [Clip] Patrons who were at the libraries on the dates […]