April 29, 2016

James Neal Elected ALA President For 2017-2018 Term

From American Libraries: James G. (Jim) Neal, university librarian emeritus at Columbia University, New York, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association. Neal received 3,479 votes, while his opponents, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, professor and coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received 3,317 votes; and Christine […]

High Honors! Winners of 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Announced

From IMLS: The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the 10 recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making […]

In Response to HB 2, ALA/ALSC Cancels Institute Scheduled to Take Place in Charlotte, North Carolina

From the American Library Association: The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) voted today to cancel its 2016 National Institute scheduled for September in Charlotte, N.C. The cancellation is a response to the passage last month of North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (House Bill 2), which repealed […]

Follett Buys Baker & Taylor

From The Chicago Tribune: Westchester [IL]-based Follett, best known for selling books and other materials to schools, colleges, bookstores, students and K-12 libraries, on Monday announced what it said was the biggest deal in its 142-year history by buying Baker & Taylor, a provider of books, video and music products to public libraries worldwide.[Clip] Baker […]

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Authors Guild v. Google Case

UPDATE: Authors Guild Statement re: Today’s Announcement from SCOTUS Full text of statement also available below. From IP Pro: The US Supreme Court has declined to hear the Google Books case, dealing a major blow to authors looking to be compensated for the mass digitisation project. Justices handed down the decision to refuse certiorari today […]

Roger Rosen Appointed Senior Advisor for National Policy Advocacy

The leader of Rosen Publishing assumes key role in advancing the thinking and learning of youth in our digital society.

IFLA and Other Library Organizations Respond to Comments About Libraries Made by Hachette Livre CEO

The letter is in response to comments made this week by Hachette Livre CEO Arnaud Nourry when he spoke about libraries as proxies for the commercial sector. Links to two media reports (PW and The Bookseller) are found below. The letter was signed by the following organizations: LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) IFLA (International […]

ALA Launches Public Policy Advisory Council

UPDATE: ALA Appoints Roger Rosen as Senior Advisor for National Policy Advocacy From the American Library Association: As part of its National Policy Convening, the American Library Association (ALA) today announces the establishment of a Public Policy Advisory Council (PPAC) to strengthen the engagement of the library community in national public policy. The Council will […]

Libraries Can Help Connect the Next 4 Billion – IFLA Co-signs Letter to Finance Ministers

From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA): IFLA has co-signed a letter calling for universal, open, secure, and affordable broadband connectivity, with full protection of human rights. The letter to Finance Ministers, who are meeting today in Washington, urges them to offer support to public access facilities, such as libraries, which facilitate significant gains […]

Libraries and Librarian Education: 40 Recipients Receive $13 Million in IMLS Grants (First Cycle of National Leadership and Laura Bush Grants)

From IMLS: The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 40 grants to institutions totaling $13,016,100. The grants were awarded through the first cycle of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Direct to Details + Abstracts of All 40 Grants Highlights: National Leadership Grants Project […]