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Archives for December 2011

National Library of Sweden: “No Deal with OCLC” on WorldCat Participation [UPDATED]

The National Library of Sweden ended five years of negotiations with OCLC without an agreement regarding participation in WorldCat, citing issues surrounding OCLC record use policy, according to a press release posted today on the National Library’s website.

New York Libraries Damaged by Irene Get Helping Hand

The New York Library Association (NYLA) distributed $10,000 during the week of December 12 to libraries damaged by Tropical Storm Irene in August. Flooding from the storm forced some New York libraries to close and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage, including the loss of thousands of books, DVDS, and other media. […]

ALA Publishing Acquires Neal-Schuman Publishers

The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that effective Dec. 23 Neal-Schuman Publishers, a leading independent publisher of professional books for librarians founded by John Vincent Neal and Patricia Glass Schuman in 1976, will become part of ALA Publishing. According to an ALA announcement, ALA plans to relocate Neal-Schuman operations from New York City to […]

ARL Salary Survey: U.S. Academic Librarians’ Salaries Up 1.5 Percent

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) released its annual salary survey today which showed academic librarians’ salaries in 2010-2011 increased 1.5 percent in the United States and two percent in Canada. In its ARL Annual Salary Survey 2010-2011, the organization reports that the median salary for U.S. ARL university libraries in 2010-2011 was $65,000, up […]

DC Library Wants to Unlock Revenue Potential of Main Building

The DC Public Library in Washington D.C. owns a very valuable piece of real estate in the heart of downtown, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, and the library is looking to leverage that asset. In an unusual move, Ginnie Cooper, the library’s director, last month paid $120,000 to the Urban Land Institute (ULI), […]

Congress Cuts LSTA Funding for FY12; Obama Expected to Approve

(This story has updated from an earlier version) President Obama is expected to sign the $915 billion budget bill for FY12 that Congress passed over the weekend, and the bill contains reduced appropriations for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Government Printing Office (GPO), whose top administrator, the public printer, will soon […]

St. Paul PL Manages to Ward Off Deep Budget Cuts

In the negative world of library budgets, cutting one’s losses can be counted as a win. This is what happened December 14 in St. Paul where the City Council passed an FY12 budget that will reduce the public library’s operating budget by only $600,042, instead of the $976,622 proposed in August. “In Saint Paul, we […]

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries 12/16/11

Joanna Bailey has been named Director, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA. She has served as Interim Director for the past two years. Maureen Nicholas Brodar is the new Youth Services Manager, Shaker Heights Public Library (SHPL), OH. She previously was Children’s Librarian at SHPL. Philip Cheney is the new Director, Oconee County Public Library (OCPL), […]

Promoting Your Online Resources: let your thoughts be known

One of the first things on my list — handed to me seven years ago when I started at Columbus Metropolitan Library — was to promote our online databases. I remember being so baffled by that. First off, (being new to libraries) what are they? Second, why is it so hard to find them? We […]

A Little Business Won’t Hurt—and It May Help | From the Bell Tower

As an academic librarian, if you truly abhor anything having to do with the world of business, stop reading this column right now. Just skip right over to Barbara Fister’s column—or go read it again. You may not want to go any further here, because what I want to share this week is just one […]