December 19, 2014

Center for an Urban Future Re-Envisions New York’s Branch Libraries

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From the Andrew Carnegie–era temples of learning to the small cinderblock “Lindsay boxes” built during Mayor John Lindsay’s administration from 1966–1973, New York City’s 207 library branches are as varied as its population. And like much of the city, they are feeling the crunch of budget cuts and neglect.

The FCC To Vote on $2 Billion E-Rate Proposal, Librarians Are Speaking Out

The FCC To Vote on $5 Billion E-Rate Proposal, Librarians Are Speaking Out

On July 11, a big E-Rate vote for Wi-Fi funding for schools and libraries is coming up. The latest FCC proposal states that libraries’ Wi-Fi funding be determined by a space’s square footage—$1 per square foot. With $2 billion at stake, librarians across the country are objecting to this funding formula with claims that it doesn’t serve high-need urban libraries where square footage does not represent the number of visitors.

Libraries Needed to Host Summer Meal Programs. Here’s How to Help.

Libraries Needed to Host Summer Meal Programs. Here’s How to Help.

Summer is a tough time for many kids—when they don’t get enough to eat. Summer meal programs are critical and public libraries are uniquely suited to host them. While outside of traditional library services, providing food to hungry citizens is “another way we can serve the community,” says Susan Maldonado, teen services librarian at Oakland Public Library.

Launching a Dialogue About Sexual Violence in YA Lit—and in Real Life

Launching a Dialogue About Sexual Violence in YA Lit—and in Real Life

Librarian and “Teen Librarian Toolbox” website creator Karen Jensen is empowering librarians to talk about sexual violence (SV) in books, and more significantly, to help teens who’ve experienced SV themselves.

Bigger on the Inside: Brookline (MA) Public Library’s TARDIS “Awesome Box”

Bigger on the Inside: Brookline (MA) Public Library’s TARDIS “Awesome Box”

Patrons at the Public Library of Brookline (MA) have an engaging new way to learn about the most recommended items in circulation, thanks to teen librarian Robin Brenner: An “Awesome Box” in the shape of a half-size TARDIS, Doctor Who’s sentient spaceship.

IMLS Grants $4.3 Million for School Readiness, Summer Reading Programs

IMLS Grants $4.3 Million for School Readiness, Summer Reading Programs

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced that it is awarding $4,329,567 in grants to 20 museums and libraries in 17 communities in order to support the emerging role of these institutions in providing early learning opportunities, especially for low-income families.

Make It @ Your Library Launches Maker Space Project Website

Make It @ Your Library Launches Maker Space Project Website

Make It @ Your Library, in collaboration with Instructables.com and the American Library Association, has finally launched its searchable website, makeitatyourlibrary.org, for librarians seeking maker space ideas and projects. Make It @ Your Library—an initiative developed through the ILEAD USA program over the past year—aims to help librarians realize maker projects in their own communities at low cost.

Chicago Public Library to Expand YOUmedia Program in 2014

Chicago Public Library to Expand YOUmedia Program in 2014

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that he would expand the Chicago Public Library’s (CPL) YOUmedia digital skills program by $500,000 in order to serve 25 percent more teens in 2014. The program teaches web design, digital media production, and programming. The announcement comes just a week after the online expansion of CPL’s homework help program.

Helen Gurley Brown Trust Gives NYPL $15 Million for New At-Risk Youth Program

Helen Gurley Brown Trust Gives NYPL $15 Million for New At-Risk Youth Program

The Helen Gurley Brown Trust has given $15 million to the New York Public Library to establish NYPL BridgeUp, a new educational and anti-poverty program that will provide academic and social support to New York City youth. The effort aims to support at-risk youth and prepare them for success in life.

EdLiNC Calls on FCC to Double E-Rate Funding

EdLiNC Calls on FCC to Double E-Rate Funding

The Education Library Networks Coalition—which includes the American Library Association and the International Society for Technology in Education—is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to double the funding for E-rate, according to EdLiNC’s co-chair Jon Bernstein. The coalition also asks that the E-rate program offer more “scalable” goals for local entities, with limited national mandates.