September 30, 2014

MA State Ebook Pilot Offers Insights

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The Massachusetts State Ebook Project (MA EBook Project), conceived by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioner’s (MBLC) Statewide Resource Sharing Committee and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this summer concluded a pilot program, offering many insights into the challenges and promises that statewide consortial ebook lending programs may offer.

Netherlands: Swets Files For Bankruptcy

A story on the German publishing industry web site boersenblatt.net (in German) reports that Netherlands-based Swets (Royal Swets & Zeitlinger Holding N.V.) is insolvent and has filed for bankruptcy. We’ve reached out the company for comment. With the caveat the mechanical translation is far from perfect, we do learn a bit more by translating the […]

REFORMA Brings Books, Backpacks, and Support to Unaccompanied Minors

REFORMA Brings Books, Backpacks, and Support to Unaccompanied Minors

REFORMA’s Children in Crisis project distributes Spanish-language books to unaccompanied immigrant children from Latin America, many in detention centers, while spreading the word about library services.

The Policy Gap

The following is an excerpt from Digital Literacy and Digital Inclusion: Information Policy and the Public Library (Rowman & Littlefield, Aug. All rights reserved.) Federal policies in the United States rely on public libraries to promote digital literacy and digital inclusion. Yet, public libraries are predominantly excluded from the funding made available for digital literacy and digital inclusion, as well as from the decision-making processes.

National Book Awards’ Second Annual Long-Lists Honor Jane Smiley, Edward O. Wilson, Louise Glück, & More

National Book Awards’ Second Annual Long-Lists Honor Jane Smiley, Edward O. Wilson,  Louise Glück, & More

This week, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced its long-lists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature for the National Book Awards (NBA), featuring books the judges deemed the best works written by a U.S. citizen and published in the United States between December 1, 2013, and November 30, 2014. One list each day […]

Washington University Libraries Creates “Documenting Ferguson” Digital Repository

Washington University Libraries Creates “Documenting Ferguson” Digital Repository

The digital repository launched earlier this month is discussed in this announcement from Washington University in St. Louis. From the Announcement: Washington University Libraries, the library system of Washington University in St. Louis, is collecting and preserving photographs, video and other content for the digital repository “Documenting Ferguson.” Free and accessible to all, the online […]

Augmented Library

Augmented Library

In early April 2013, digital journalism professor Robert Hernandez, of the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Los Angeles, was driving by L.A.’s Central Library downtown while thinking of ideas for his experimental augmented reality (AR) storytelling and journalism course when he had an aha moment: Why not focus a project on augmenting the Central Library?

The Barack Obama Foundation Issues RFP to Four Potential Hosts of the Future Obama Presidential Library

From The Barack Obama Foundation: Today, The Barack Obama Foundation issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University, and University of Hawai’i, all of which submitted their qualifications to host the future Obama Presidential Library earlier this year. The Foundation’s Request for Qualifications (RFQ), released […]

Maya Angelou: Last Tributes, Last Words

Maya Angelou: Last Tributes, Last Words

Maya Angelou’s final book, Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou, will be published next month (Random. 128p. ISBN 9780812996456. $20), but her wisdom and spirit were on abundant display on Friday, September 12, at a celebration cum memorial service held at the soaring Riverside Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. […]

A World of Firsts | Genre Spotlight: New Adult

A World of Firsts | Genre Spotlight: New Adult

“New Adult” fiction embraces the college years through first jobs, first loves, and first going out on one’s own. Will it last, and what do librarians need to know?