August 20, 2014

Smithsonian, Swiss Village Farm Foundation Partner on Livestock DNA Library

Smithsonian, Swiss Village Farm Foundation Partner on Livestock DNA Library

Cryogenically freezing the DNA of livestock animals might sound like a science fiction twist to Noah’s Ark, yet it’s the mission of a newly forged partnership called The Smithsonian and Swiss Village Farm (SVF) Foundation Biodiversity Project. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the SVF Foundation announced in late July that they have joined forces to preserve rare and endangered heritage breeds of livestock, animals that our American forefathers raised for agriculture. Over the next several years, the SVF Foundation’s collection of frozen genetic materials will be incorporated into the Smithsonian’s vast genetic library of endangered animal species.

Nebraska: Omaha’s Proposed City Budget Includes Reduced Funding For Public Libraries

From the Omaha.Com/Omaha World-Herald: The [budget] plan headed to the City Council for a public hearing Tuesday comes with a cut for the city’s libraries; the department’s $13.1 million budget is down about 5 percent from last year. To avoid cutting staff or library hours, officials have plans to reduce the library’s materials budget — […]

Video: $6.6. Million Worth of State Funds Withheld from Missouri Libraries

From KODE-TV/FourStatesHomePage.com: “This is huge and it will hurt,” says Joplin Public Library Director Jacque Gage. It’s a 6.6 million dollar cut– affecting libraries across the Show Me State. “We currently get 50 cents per capita for everyone in our library district to assist with library services,” says Gage. In Joplin, this means a loss […]

The Big Weed: Boston Public Library Weeding Up to 180,000 Books From Print Collection

From The Boston Globe: The library, in Roxbury, once brimmed with books. But officials have been steadily culling its collection the past few months as part of a push by BPL administrators to dispose of up to 180,000 little-used volumes from shelves and archives of branches citywide by year’s end. Library officials say the reductions […]

Video: Boise Public Library is Opening a Digital Branch at Boise Airport Later This Month

A new addition for your libraries in airports list. From KTVB (Includes Video): The Philadelphia airport has a digital library and our Airport Director, Rebecca Hupp, had visited there this spring and she came back and said can we do this in Boise?” said Kevin Booe, Boise Public Library director. His response? Of course. And […]

Penn State’s One Button Studios Now Used 4,500 Times Per Year

Penn State’s One Button Studios Now Used 4,500 Times Per Year

The two “one button” simplified video recording studios at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) Library’s Tombros and McWhirter Knowledge Commons have proven exceptionally popular and are now used for about 4,500 recording sessions per year.

Nebraska: The Omaha Public Library’s Book Bike Hits the Streets For the First Time

Like we’ve seen in other U.S. cities including Seattle, Denver, and Boston, the Omaha Public Library now has a book bike. Three pictures of the bike from Omaha.com and a report from WOWT. Anyone can check out a book when they see the bike and also make use of it’s mobile wi-fi [Clip] “It’s an […]

Open Data: FCC Makes More Than 1.4 GB of Open Internet Comments More Accessible to Public

From the Federal Communications Commission: It goes without saying that there has been tremendous interest in the FCC’s Open Internet rulemaking.  As of yesterday, over 1.1 million comments were filed in the docket, both through our Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) and our special openinternet@fcc.gov email address.  We welcome and expect many more comments in […]

With All “Big Five” Ebooks Now Available, Ebook Vendors Assess the Road Ahead

With All “Big Five” Ebooks Now Available, Ebook Vendors Assess the Road Ahead

Shortly after Simon & Schuster’s June 26 announcement that it had concluded a 15-month pilot test and would make its entire ebook catalog available to all U.S. libraries, Macmillan last week announced that it will make all frontlist ebook titles available to U.S. libraries as well. These moves mark a milestone in terms of the availability of popular ebooks, as Macmillan and Simon & Schuster became the final two of the “big five” publishers to allow U.S. libraries to license and loan all titles in their ebook collections.

Bowker Reports U.S. Traditional Print Book Production Dipped Slightly in 2013, Print-on-Demand Experiences Steep Decline

Bowker Reports U.S. Traditional Print Book Production Dipped Slightly in 2013, Print-on-Demand Experiences Steep Decline

From Bowker: Production of print books by traditional publishers slowed in the United States in 2013, declining from 309,957 titles in 2012 to a projected 304,912 titles in 2013, according to Bowker. The two percent decrease reverses the sector’s growth in 2012 over 2011, but points to a relatively stable market for print works despite […]