July 27, 2016

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 […]

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.

Thomson Reuters Sells Intellectual Property & Science Biz For $3.55 Billion in Cash

The sale was expected. From TR: Thomson Reuters today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Intellectual Property & Science business to private equity funds affiliated with Onex Corporation (“Onex”) and Baring Private Equity Asia (“Baring Asia”) for $3.55 billion in cash. The sale is subject to regulatory approval and […]

Data: U.S. Publishers Report $28 Billion in Revenue During 2015; Downloaded Audio Sales Grow, eBooks Decline

From the Association of American Publishers (AAP): The U.S. book and journal publishing industry generated $27.78 billion in net revenue for 2015, representing 2.71 billion in units (volume), according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey. Revenues and unit volume were essentially flat with a decrease of 0.6% from $27.96 billion in […]

Andrew Carnegie Medals | ALA Annual 2016

On Saturday, June 25, at the American Library Association (ALA) Conference in Orlando, the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were given to two winners originally announced at the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book & Media Awards Ceremony & Reception at ALA Midwinter. Viet Thanh Nguyen won the fiction medal for his debut novel, The Sympathizer (Grove), a visceral account of a South Vietnamese double agent posted to America after Saigon’s fall, and Sally Mann won the nonfiction medal for her formally ambitious Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs (Little, Brown).

Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library Closures Suspended Until Review Completed

From the CBC: Newfoundland and Labrador’s education minister says he has requested a suspension of the decision to restructure the public library system. Dale Kirby stated during a scrum with reporters Thursday that he was never comfortable with the decision, and says the it was made following consultations with Premier Dwight Ball and members of […]

Two Architecture Firms Selected to Design Obama Library/Presidential Center in Chicago

From the Obama Foundation Web Site: The Obama Foundation has selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (TWBTA) to lead the design team for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, and Interactive Design Architects (IDEA) to be their partner as they begin this exciting project. TWBTA stood out in their commitment to explore the […]

New HathiTrust and NFB Partnership Will Make More Than 14 Million Digital Books Accessible to Blind and Print-Disabled Users

From HathiTrust: More than 14 million digital books will soon be made available to blind and print-disabled users, thanks to a new collaboration involving the National Federation of the Blind and the HathiTrust Digital Library, a digital repository hosted at the University of Michigan. When launched, the program will dramatically increase the availability of books […]