February 27, 2015

Short Fiction is Cool Again: Tor.com Announces Inaugural Novella List

Last summer Tor.com, which has been publishing original short fiction on its site, announced a new imprint “dedicated to publishing the best novellas and short novels from emerging writers as well as established authors.” On February 12, it released its initial list of titles.

Most Funding for the Indiana State Library Restored in Latest Proposed Budget

From the Evansville Courier & Press: The Indiana State Library could avoid big funding cuts proposed by Gov. Mike Pence now that legislators are making changes to the state’s spending plan. Pence’s budget proposal would have axed the state library’s funding by 24 percent, some $2 million, forcing the downtown Indianapolis library to eliminate many […]

Official: EBSCO Acquires YBP

UPDATE 2:45 PM: We’ve added links to comments from ProQuest re:GOBI at the bottom of this post. Here’s the official announcement from EBSCO about today’s acquisition of YBP Library Services. More to come on infoDOCKET and on Library Journal. From EBSCO: EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is announcing a significant investment in the library workflow with […]

Massachusetts: Public Libraries Pushing For 50% Boost in State Funding

From MassLive/The Republican: Public libraries are hoping for a significant boost in state aid this year after a long period of spare funding, said Mary Kronholm, a Blandford resident and a member of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. As budget season approaches, the commissioners are pushing for a 50 percent boost in “line item […]

Editors’ Spring Picks

Editors’ Spring Picks

LJ’s reviews editors discuss exciting spring releases

The E-Rate Window Is Wide Open: So What Next?

The E-Rate Window Is Wide Open: So What Next?

Libraries and schools applying for E-Rate’s Wi-Fi program have an extra $1.5 billion of funds to tap until the March 26 deadline. Here are some tips and tools to maximize your application.

Koha Announces Support and Funding From EBSCO, Will “Ensure Long-Term Viability” of the Open Source ILS

Interesting! We’ve asked for some more details about the following news. If/when we hear back we will update. From Today’s Announcement: Together the two [Koha and EBSCO] are working to provide a viable web-based, open source ILS for libraries of all types. Koha libraries reached out to EBSCO for support of some important projects, and […]

Notable Books and More | ALA Midwinter 2015

Notable Books and More | ALA Midwinter 2015

On Sunday, February 1, 2015, at the Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception in Chicago, the Reference and Users Services Association announced its 2015 Notable Books List, comprising 26 top titles for libraries in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. That list, along with the 2015 Booklist Editors’ Choice list, serves as the basis of the longlist […]

Alabama: “Funding Tight For Smaller Rural Libraries”

From the Dothan Eagle: Nancy Pack, the director of the Alabama Public Library Service, said tough financial times hitting area businesses and government agencies haven’t left libraries untouched. Pack said libraries across the state have seen drops in funding from the federal, state and local levels. “Libraries aren’t getting as much money as they did […]

RUSA’S Top Pop Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2015

RUSA’S Top Pop Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2015

In spite of a record-breaking blizzard that shut down most of Chicago on Sunday, February 1, RUSA’s Book and Media Awards Ceremony went on as scheduled at the Hilton Chicago, where the Reading List Council announced the 2015 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers.