December 19, 2014

Public Libraries: “Independent Library Report for England” Published Today

The full text report is embedded below. It was published by the UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport and the Department for Communities and Local Government Coverage of Report From the BBC Public libraries in England are “at a crossroads” and must adapt if they are to survive, an independent report into the future […]

Queens Library Director Thomas Galante Fired by Board

Note: Almost a year after sharing our first of many posts about Thomas Galante and his job as the director of the Queens Library the story appears to have come to an end. Yesterday, Galante was fired by the Queens Library Board. Some of our previous posts and additional links can be found at the […]

IMLS Receives $228 Million For FY 2015 Budget, $1 Million More Than FY 2014

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services: Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed into law a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through the end of September 2015. The legislation includes $227,860,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is $1,000,000 above FY 2014 funding. The additional funds will assist with the […]

Partnerships: Second Branch of BiblioTech “All Digital” Public Library Will Open in a San Antonio Public Housing Project

A new partnership between BiblioTech (the all-digital public library in Bexar County, Texas that opened 15 months ago) and the San Antonio Housing Authority will establish a new BiblioTech branch (BiblioTech West) in the Gardens at San Juan Square public housing project. From MySanAntonio.com/Express-News: The facility will be the second walk-in branch for Bexar BiblioTech. […]

Melville House To Release the Senate Torture Report December 30

Melville House To Release the Senate Torture Report December 30

Melville House, an independent publisher distributed by Random House, will publish the Senate Intelligence Committee’s “Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program” on Tuesday, December 30. Titled The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture (ISBN 9781612194851. $16.95), the book will be available in both print and digital formats. The report was officially […]

Georgia Tech Research Finds Copyright Confusion has ‘Chilling Effects’ in Online Creative Publishing

From Georgia Tech: Online content creation has become easier than ever and is quickly reaching parity with content consumption. From writing a blog or social media post to letting an app turn your photos into a video montage, anyone with an Internet connection can publish these creations with the click of a button. But in […]

Canada: The New $57.6 Million Halifax Central Library Opens! (Roundup)

Canada: The New $57.6 Million Halifax Central Library Opens!  (Roundup)

Here’s a roundup of some news coverage along with some resources to learn more about the new library. Congrats to all of those involved in making it a reality. 1. From The Canadian Press: The new Halifax Central Library officially opened its doors to the public today. At an estimated cost of $57.6 million the […]

France: Agreement Signed to Facilitate E-Lending in French Public Libraries

From an IFFRO (International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations Announcement: An innovative agreement was announced on 8 December in Paris to facilitate e-lending in French public libraries. Twelve recommendations are set out in the agreement in order to make available digital editorial output within and outside the public libraries’ premises while ensuring fair remuneration for […]

California: Driving New Toyota Priuses Fresno County Librarians Leave The Branch Behind, Hit The Road

From the Fresno Bee: Seven Fresno County librarians are fanning out in brand new Toyota Priuses to meet one-on-one with business owners or nonprofits, attend community events and inform the public about free services the library system offers. The Library Without Walls (WoW!) program has been under way for about nine months but reached full staffing in […]

New York Public Library Expands Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Loan Program

UPDATE: Here’s the official news release (with additional details) from NYPL. It includes the following: Google’s $1 million donation, along with a $500,000 grant from the Knight News Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Robin Hood Foundation, will allow the program to expand this fall […]