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Archives for May 2011

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries 05/19/11

Donna Bacon is the new executive director of MOBIUS

DEMCO Acquires Evanced Solutions

DEMCO Inc., a leading library supplier headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, acquired Evanced Solutions today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Evanced, based in Indianapolis, primarily offers software to libraries that helps manage common activities such as event and staff scheduling, room reservations, or summer reading programs. It also offers an external library vending system […]

New Ebook Platform from McGraw-Hill Professional Offers Unlimited Concurrent Usage

McGraw-Hill Professional launched a new ebook platform on May 13 that offers libraries one-to-four-year subscription plans and unlimited concurrent usage. The McGraw-Hill eBook Library will offer about 1500 titles in pre-assembled collections covering engineering, computing, business, medicine, and study aids. New books will be added at no additional cost, but custom collections are not available. […]

Bowker Declares Print Isn't Dead

Bowker is projecting that despite the popularity of e-books, traditional U.S. print title output in 2010 increased 5 percent, from 302,410 in 2009 to a projected 316,480 in 2010.

Social Media Trends Update

One thing I always strive for: to push myself beyond the easy and obvious answers. That’s why this article  about Facebook interested me. Brian Solis has a lot of good things to say about marketing, and this post is called:  “Why I Don’t Like Your Brand on Facebook.” Are you, like me, tired of the […]

Library Copyright Alliance Issues Statement on Copyright Reform

In the wake of the rejection of the Google books settlement, there have been ongoing discussions of legislative solutions to a variety of copyright issues affecting libraries. The Library Copyright Alliance, comprised of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), issued a […]

Project Gutenberg Meets WorldCat

Last week, I interviewed OCLC’s Bruce Washburn about an OCLC Research project called oclcBot—a program which takes book records in the Internet Archive’s Open Library and matches their ISBN numbers with their corresponding OCLC numbers. I recently found out how another massive book site makes use of OCLC records—though in a more low-tech way. Project […]

Branding & Beyond Survey Responses: First Analysis

A couple of weeks ago I invited you all to complete a survey about marketing and libraries. We’ll,we’ve got some preliminary results that I wanted to share with you. Here’s some top line observations: Most respondents see their facilities coming up short on identity, personality and image. Improving identity (communicating a clear alignment between what you […]

The Transparent Library School | Office Hours

LIS faculty, administrators, and other stakeholders could take a lesson in transparency from their students. At the “Hack Library School” blog (, students in various LIS programs around the country offer up opinions, insights, and some useful truths about their LIS education. Recent posts have compared information architecture courses across schools and addressed the divide […]

Notable Government Documents 2011 | Digital Diamonds & Budget Cuts

Digital projects continued to improve online access to U.S. government information during the past year as the Government Printing Office (GPO) implemented a federated search of a wide range of government information resources, and its repository of online information passed key milestones. Government bodies have produced born-digital content of extraordinary value. However, these gains are […]