February 17, 2018

Archives for August 2011

Duke University Libraries Receives Gift of $13.6 Million

Duke University Libraries received its largest donation ever today, $13.6 million, according to a university press release. The donation, from university trustee David M. Rubenstein, will support the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. The library will be renamed after Rubenstein, if the Board of Trustees approves. Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of The […]

Library Construction Update: New and Renovated Buildings, 08/16/11

July 19 marked the grand opening of the 3000 square foot addition to the Morrisville Public Library, NY, following nine months of construction. A member of the Mid-York Library System, Morrisville Public Library was established with 760 volumes in 1903 in the 1850 Gothic Revival–style home of Henry and Mary Phelps, donated by their daughter, […]

10 Steps to a Better Library Interior: Tips That Don’t Have To Cost a Lot | Library by Design

By Traci Lesneski, September 9, 2011 An interior designer weighs in with simple, effective, and inexpensive steps that can be taken to reinvigorate your library At a time when many of our country’s libraries need an update owing to age and higher-than-ever expectations from patrons, available dollars for renovations are all too scarce. Fortunately, there are […]

Open Source Reality Check

Implementation experience reveals pros and cons In 2009, East Brunswick Public Library (EBPL), NJ, switched from a proprietary integrated library system (ILS), SirsiDynix’s Horizon, to an open source Koha ILS. In 2010, it switched back. When the library moved to open source, a lot of factors went into the decision, according to Christopher Hyde, East […]

Bringing 21 Libraries Back to the Gulf Coast: Tales of Resilience, Lessons Learned

This is the complete version of the story included in LJ’s post-ALA coverage in the August print issue (with lots of photographs and analysis). The turmoil that arrived with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the late summer of 2005 lingers, with potent reminders throughout American Library Association (ALA) conference presentations and in conference-goers’ reflections on […]

Renewing Our Mission | Blatant Berry

I’ve been a Pete Hamill fan for decades, and I’ve met him a few times. We’re close in age, so I recognize the New York City that he writes about in his latest novel, Tabloid City (Little, Brown, May). I think I know the difference between the solitude and loneliness that we both experienced living […]

Publisher–Librarian Dialog | Editorial

While the American Library Association (ALA) appoints task forces on ebooks that get mired in bureaucracy, the real worlds of book publishing and libraries move ahead rapidly, both struggling with budgets, changing mission, even survival. The demise of Borders, signaling the end of an era, and the explosion of ebook reading and devices, marking the […]

First Bodleian Libraries app focuses on King James Bible translation

The Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University launched its first app on August 5 entitled “The Making of the King James Bible.” The app’s launching coincides with the 400th anniversary of the Bible’s publication and the Bodleian’s summer exhibition, Manifold Greatness: Oxford and the Making of the King James Bible, which runs until September 4.. According […]

When Deferred Maintenance Rears Its Head | From the Bell Tower

What’s the first thing you notice when you step on to a new college campus? A sweeping view of magnificent buildings-or the cracks in the parking lot blacktop? Beautiful landscaping on the idyllic quad–or weeds growing up through the uneven sidewalk? With the exception of perhaps the most well maintained campuses, every one has warts that we try to ignore. For the most part we can – until a ceiling collapses or a boiler conks out. That’s when the deferred maintenance issue rears its ugly head.

Brooklyn Public Library Increases Hours 21 Percent

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) announced Thursday that a total of 441 hours will be added to weekly branch schedules starting September 10, increasing the average number of open hours per branch from 35.8 to 43.4 hours per week, a 21 percent increase. The number of branches offering at least six-day service will increase from 16 […]