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Archives for September 2012

Neal-Schuman Foundation Gives Final Library Advocacy Grant

The Neal-Schuman Foundation is giving its last and largest grant to United for Libraries (UFL), formerly known as ALTAFF. The Foundation is giving $75,000 to support UFL’s ‘Citizens-Save-Libraries’ initiative.

Career Services at the Library without Spending a Dime | Lead the Change

When Lead the Change came to Darien, CT, on September 18, B.A. David Company founder David Bendekovic called on a variety of local experts to add their experiences to the core presentation. Among those experts was Matt Poland, CEO of Hartford, CT, Public Library (HPL), who shared the story of how Hartford started a library-based outplacement service that didn’t cost a dime.

AAP Responds to ALA Criticism of Big Six Ebook Policies

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today issued a response to American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan’s open letter, which on Monday sharply criticized the ongoing refusal of several major publishers to sell ebooks to libraries. The AAP’s response counters that “publishers support the concept of e-lending but must solve a breadth of complex technological, operational, financial and other challenges to make it a reality.” Individual publishers are working to address these challenges, and antitrust laws prohibit publishers from convening to find common solutions to these emerging issues, the statement argues. It goes on to question the timing of the open letter, noting that the AAP had scheduled a meeting between ALA and more than 100 representatives from the publishing community in a few days.

Turn Wikipedia Articles into Ebooks | Screencast Tutorial

Wikipedia users can now create ebooks using articles from the English edition of the crowd-sourced reference. Library consultant Linda Braun shows how it’s done.

Macmillan Confirms Ebook Pilot for Libraries

Macmillan is working on a pilot project that will test lending of its ebook titles at libraries, the publisher confirmed in a statement to Publisher’s Weekly today. Details of the project remained undisclosed. “We have been working hard to develop an e-book lending model that works for all parties, as we value the libraries and the role they play in the reading community,” MacMillan wrote PW in a prepared statement. “We are currently finalizing the details of our pilot program and will be announcing it when we are ready, and not in reaction to a demand.”

The Six Space Challenges Librarians and Architects Tackled at Design Institute Denver | Library by Design, Fall 2012

Sheridan Public Library, Arapahoe Library District CO Architect Humphries Poli Architects THE CHALLENGE Sheridan Public Library must leave its decades-long home in the local high school and construct a new building nearby. This new facility needs more room for teens as well as resources for the large Spanish-speaking and elderly constituencies, and the mandate for […]

Building for the Future: Design Institute Overview | Library by Design, Fall 2012

How do you plan for a future you can’t predict? By building flexibility into the design. That was one of the main takeaways from LJ’s latest Design Institute (DI), held at the Denver Central Library on May 4. The DI, LJ’s 12th in a series on trends in library design, was a one-day symposium composed of panels, presentations, and breakout sessions, featuring a mix of architects, vendors, and librarians.

Did You Miss the R-Squared Conference? It Was a Barn Burner | Office Hours

The Risk and Reward Conference (R2), focusing on creativity and innovation in libraries, was planned for September 2012 up in the mountains in Telluride, CO (where the local tourism board won the bid to host the conference). The initial placeholder webpage was mysterious, lacking a lot of details one usually finds on conference pages. As more details about R2 appeared in the spring, I was intrigued and decided to attend in spite of relatively high travel and boarding costs, using conference funds made available to me by the Provost’s office at San Jose State University. It was well worth it, and changed my entire perception of a conference experience.

Wyatt’s World | Switch Hitters

While writing is a creative endeavor and therefore excitingly unpredictable, there are some time-honored paths that authors tend to follow when considering a new project: short story writers often write novels, romance writers can easily edge into urban fantasy, and reporters frequently write nonfiction. But there are many other ways writers illustrate their ambidexterity. The […]

Bad News? Not Hear | Backtalk

Central to the library profession is our role as protectors of the freedom of information. With higher education facing greater scrutiny from regulatory agencies and citizenry in general, we have an important opportunity to affirm the importance of freely accessible information. If we seize this opportunity to protect the public’s right to information, the library will honor its role as an institutional conscience.