June 29, 2015

EBSCO and Ex Libris Announce Collaboration Agreement

From Today’s Joint Announcement: Ex Libris and EBSCO Information Systems  are pleased to announce an agreement to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize the experience of library patrons who are using Ex Libris solutions to access full-text content hosted on the EBSCOhost platform. The two companies have committed to expanding their collaboration to other areas as […]

ALA Sends Letter to President Obama Urging Him to Select a Librarian as Next Librarian of Congress

We were very happy to read the letter (we’ve posted it below) from ALA President Courtney Young to President Obama urging him to select a professional librarian as the next Librarian of Congress. There are many highly qualified librarian candidates that have all of the required skills required to lead LC. As we recently pointed […]

San Jose Public Library to Expand to Six-Day Schedule July 11

From the San Jose Mercury News: All 22 San Jose Public Library branches, including the Berryessa branch, will be open six days per week beginning Saturday, July 11. [Clip] In April, San Jose City Council approved Mayor Sam Liccardo’s proposal for restoring the six-day schedule. Since then, the library has been recruiting staff and making […]

MyLibraryNYC Brings Public Library Services to City Schools, 500,000+ Students

A unique partnership between New York’s Department of Education and the city’s three public library systems, MyLibraryNYC has made its way into 488 pre-K–12 schools across the city this past school year, serving more than half a million students and over 60,000 educators.

LibraryThing Posts Sneak Peek of TinyCat, a New Online Catalog for “Tiny” Libraries

A new post on the LibraryThing blog provides a sneak peek at TinyCat, a new online catalog that Tim, Abby, and the rest of the LibraryThing team are formally releasing at ALA TinyCat is designed for “tiny” libraries (collections of less than 10,000 titles) while LibraryThing for Libraries is marketed to public and academic libraries. […]

Fine Art: Boston Public Library Releases Findings in Year-Long Review of the BPL Print Collection

From the Boston Public Library: Today, the Boston Public Library announced the results of the Print Department Report, a BPL commissioned year-long external review of the BPL Print Collection. Launched in June 2014 and conducted by Simmons College Professor Dr. Martha Mahard, the four-volume report evaluates inventory control and the current physical arrangement of the […]

New York City Council Provides an Additional $39 Million in FY 2016 Budget For NYC Libraries

Good News From NYC! The funding will allow for citywide six-day service and more. Here’s a statement about the NYC City Council budget news by NYPL President, Anthony Marx: We are so grateful to all the New Yorkers who rallied to support their libraries, and to our city leaders who today provided the largest ever […]

Arizona: City of Nogales Closes Libraries Out of Frustration With County

Two stories from Nogales International. 1. City shutters libraries out of frustration with county The libraries in Sonoita, Tubac, Rio Rico and Nogales were closed after business hours Thursday in a power play by the City of Nogales meant to get Santa Cruz County to show its cards about the future of the county’s free […]

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Receives $7.5 Million Increase in Funding

Here’s something you don’t see all that often these day, a sizable increase in funding for libraries. From the Texas State Library and Archives Commission: The 84th Texas Legislature has increased the appropriation of the State Library and Archives Commission [TSLAC] by $7.6M for the 2016-2017 biennium. The new funding includes resources to launch the […]

Coalitions: Canadian Public Libraries for Fair Ebook Pricing Launches Website

From a Canadian Public Libraries for Fair Ebook Pricing News Release: Canadian Public Libraries for Fair Ebook Pricing have joined to raise awareness of high ebook prices charged by multinational publishers at fairpricingforlibraries.org. [Clip] “Demand for ebooks continues to grow – in fact, it’s our fastest growing area of circulation at Toronto Public Library with […]