February 17, 2018

Archives for September 2008

REFORMA Meets for First Time in Eight Years

One leader is ALA’s first Chicana president New outreach stressed Marketing tips exchanged REFORMA’s long-awaited third National Conference (RNCIII), held September 19-21 at the El Paso Convention Center, TX, provided an opportunity for librarians around the country who serve the Hispanic community to meet, exchange tips, and learn from some experts. “Bridging the Gaps: Juntos @ […]

At SFPL One Book Event, a "Book Mob"

On September 6, the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) launched its fourth annual One City One Book effort with something different—a “book mob,” using blogs and local online arts calendars to alert people to form flash mobs. Some 60 people showed up; a clever anchor was the SFPL bookmobile, with the ile on the word bookmobile […]

DoJ Opposes Controversial Copyright Bill, Calling One Provision Unconstitutional

By Andrew Albanese Lawyers object to civil suits Bill could pass before Congress adjourns Opposed by librarians , copyright experts, tech industry The Department of Justice (DoJ) this week voiced strong opposition to the Senate version of the PRO IP Act, a controversial copyright bill that would greatly expand enforcement and penalties for copyright infringement. […]

Springer EBook Survey; AAUP Strikes Deal with Tizra; ebrary Expands in Both Hemispheres

The LJ Academic Newswire Marketplace Notes for September 25, 2008: In what is yet more evidence that ebooks are useful, even if still largely unused for long-form or pleasure reading, a new survey from STM publisher Springer, an aggressive ebook booster with its titles, once again shows that users like ebooks for “research and study purposes.” While […]

Hurricane Ike’s Effects Linger in Libraries Across Texas

By Norman Oder Galveston took the worst hit Humidity remains a threat Libraries have served as shelters and places to recharge or apply for aid Go back to the Academic Newswire for more stories Numerous libraries remain closed or recovering in Southeast Texas in the wake of Hurricane Ike September 13, with some suffering water […]

As 109th Congress Nears Close Is Orphan Works Bill Unlikely?

A priority for Congress? Competing interests cause delay Flurry of activity this week In its final month, the 109th Congress has moved on two copyright bills that place libraries and publishers at odds, but it is also working on a third bill, on which librarians and publishers actually share some common ground: the Shawn Bentley Orphan […]

Reps of Small and Rural Libraries Meet in Sacramento at Reinvigorated Conference

By Rebecca Miller Serving seniors Marketing online Tips for dealing with “Tiny Tech” Maybe it was the stop in Sacramento after years in Columbus, OH. Maybe it was the deep engagement of the State Library, including the tireless and inspired Carla Lehn. Maybe it was the new leadership inspired by the old, after the recent […]

University of Michigan Library Installs On Demand Books’s Espresso Book Machine

UM first academic library with Espresso Book Machine Machine will be used for digitized public domain works Cost: about $10 per book The University of Michigan (UM) Library this week became the first academic library to install an Espresso Book Machine (EBM), from On Demand Books, a machine that can produce a quality paperback book […]

University of South Carolina Names New Library for Senator Fritz Hollings

By Andrew Albanese A special collections library at the University of South Carolina (USC) will be named for former U.S. Sen. Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings. USC officials this week announced that the $18 million, 50,000-square-foot building, will be christened the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, and will be located behind the Thomas Cooper Library. […]

Free Books: Bloomsbury Publishing Launches 'Radical'; New Academic Imprint

By Andrew Albanese Bloomsbury Publishing this week announced that is launching an academic imprint with a radical new open access model: all titles will be made available free of charge online, “with free downloads, for non-commercial purposes immediately upon publication, using Creative Commons licenses.” The works will also be sold as books, using an array […]