April 15, 2014

To Tackle Major Issues Affecting Kids, ALA Divisions Must Collaborate | The Next Big Thing

To Tackle Major Issues Affecting Kids, ALA Divisions Must Collaborate | The Next Big Thing

The effects of screen time on little ones, the integration of technology with library programming – these are some of the issues now facing the profession. It’s time to break down divisional silos, according to Christopher Harris, and work together to ensure libraries’ effectiveness in serving kids and teens.

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 […]

Total Boox to Offer Free Ebook Access During National Library Week

Total Boox to Offer Free Ebook Access During National Library Week

In recognition of National Library Week, Total Boox, the “pay-as-you-read” metered ebook platform, will make its entire collection of more than 20,000 titles free to read from April 13 through April 20. The week-long promotion will allow anyone with an Android, Apple iOS, or Kindle Fire tablet to download the free Total Boox ereader app at www.totalboox.com/freereading and access fiction and nonfiction ebooks.

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 […]

Putting the Pieces Together | Library Systems Landscape

Putting the Pieces Together | Library Systems Landscape

This first edition of Library Systems Landscape, the successor to LJ’s annual Automation Marketplace feature, will examine how library systems are currently evolving, specifically focusing on recent advances in ebook integration, the emergence of next-generation library services platforms (LSP), new tools that are expanding the boundaries of what library websites and catalogs can do, and the maturation of open source options as competitors to commercial products.

Open Source Options | Library Systems Landscape

Open Source Options | Library Systems Landscape

Led by Koha and Evergreen, open source ILS solutions continued to demonstrate steady growth in 2013. These systems appeal to libraries for a variety of reasons. Unlike commercial ILS products, open source code can be accessed and altered by anyone with the expertise, enabling libraries to conduct or outsource priority development work on their own schedule, rather than wait for their requests to wend their way through a vendor’s queue.

Gale Releases Analytics On Demand, a Demographic GIS for Libraries

Gale Analytics on Demand

Gale today launched Analytics On Demand, a new geographic information system (GIS) that combines local demographic data with information from a library’s ILS to generate real-time reports on circulation trends and patron lifestyles. Powered by business analytics provider Alteryx, with regularly updated demographic and consumer lifestyle segmentation data from Experian Mosaic, the foundation of the new service is built on the same tools as Gale’s DemographicsNow: Business and People.

Coming of Age | Collection Development

Coming of Age | Collection Development

Coming of Age. Rites of passage such as quinceañera, bar/bat mitzvah, and prom are honored in cultures worldwide. These 23 resources share advice on how to celebrate; from the April 1 issue.

Wanted: Presentations for LJ/SLJ October 1 Virtual Event “The Digital Shift”

Wanted: Presentations for LJ/SLJ October 1 Virtual Event “The Digital Shift”

If you have a compelling story to share about innovation in libraries—from new takes on curation and content creation, to great examples of collaboration and programs that enhance learning—we’d like to hear from you. But hurry, proposals are due by May 2.