September 30, 2014

Chattanooga Library Board Responds to Audit’s Allegations

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Last week the board of the Chattanooga Public Library (TN) responded to a city audit released in late August, which criticized Library Director and LJ librarian of the year Corinne Hill and top staffers for receiving excess travel reimbursements (since repaid), and stated that two employees have been reported to the state for suspected fraud for taking paid speaking and consultant jobs on library time.

Pew Report Finds Millennials Are Readers, Library Users

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Younger Americans and Public Libraries examines the ways Millennials—those born between 1985 and 1998—engage with libraries, and how they see libraries’ roles in their lives and communities

LA County Library Restores Lost Hours

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County of Los Angeles Public Library officials are restoring service hours to all the libraries that previously saw their hours reduced owing to 2009-2010 budget cuts. This comes after the Board of Supervisors approved this year’s $178 million library budget, an increase of $3.6 million.

Ferguson Libraries Step Up to Serve Community in Turmoil

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Libraries in the Ferguson, MO area provided educational services and creative programs for children and families—and sanctuary for all ages—while the start of school was postponed for two weeks because of unrest in the area.

Ohio: Columbus Metropolitan Library Expanding Book Delivery Program to Public Schools

From the Columbus Metropolitan Library: Tomorrow, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will begin delivering bins of carefully selected books to 16 elementary schools in the Columbus City Schools (CCS) district. This new service is part of a larger CML effort to impact early literacy and third grade reading. CML piloted the book delivery program with Groveport-Madison’s […]

Missouri Extends Protection of Library Records Data to Digital Materials

Missouri Extends Protection of Library Records Data to Digital Materials

Missouri library patrons can now rest assured that their library records for checkout of digital materials will remain private, thanks to a new state law.

Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

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Describing the service as a potentially “disruptive challenge to libraries,” Jamie LaRue, principal of LaRue and Associates Consulting, told LJ that “even in rural areas now, a lot of folks have ereaders, and find that they prefer ebooks. This kind of service, at that price point, will probably result in another market shift. $9.99 is a pretty good deal.”

Library and Education Groups File Net Neutrality Comments with FCC

Concern over net neutrality rules prompted a joint filing by a coalition that includes ALA and EDUCAUSE, with suggestions to ensure the preservation of “an open Internet for libraries, higher education and the communities we serve.”

Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited Ebook Subscription Service

Upon the announcement of Amazon’s ebook subscription program Kindle Unlimited, Gary Price, INFOdocket editor, writes “Are libraries ready to compete with these services?”

Banned Books Week Announces Comics Focus | ALA 2014

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The 2014 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Las Vegas this week set the stage for Banned Books Week, scheduled for September 21-27, 2014. This year, Banned Books Week will shine light on banned and challenged comic books and graphic novels. On the show floor, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which provides legal support and expertise to readers, authors, and librarians, debuted a new handbook offering rundowns of commonly challenged comic titles, myths about banned books, and ideas for programming around Banned Books Week.