April 20, 2018

Archives for July 2013

U.S. Public Library News Roundup: 18 Stories from 14 States

Here’s a selection of public library news items from around the country. All of the stories were posted online during the past week except where noted. Alabama Florence: Unpaid fines leave libraries suffering (via TimesDaily) Arizona La Paz County: New committee formed to explore library district (via Parker Pioneer) California Santa Maria Library benching its benches […]

Two New Services Offer Ready-to-Launch Websites for Libraries

Library web hosting provider LISHost this month launched Library CMS, a modular, Drupal-based content management system template tailored to the needs of library websites. The move follows the March debut of Prefab, a Wordpress-based CMS template designed for libraries by user experience (UX) consultancy Influx. Both are offered in conjunction with web hosting and are positioned as affordable, comprehensive website redesign services for individual libraries and small systems.

More Kentucky Libraries Challenged in Court

An already nervous Kentucky library community got more unsettling news this summer: two more districts were targeted by lawsuits challenging their right to raise tax revenue without voter approval and seeking massive spending rollbacks. The most recent litigation brings the total number of such cases in the state to five, and could eventually change the way the 79 of Kentucky’s 106 library districts have done business for decades.

Boston Globe: “Swartz Not ‘Targeted’ by MIT, According to Review” & Link to Full Text Report

From The Boston Globe: In a long-awaited public response to the death of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide in January after being charged with hacking into MIT computers and illegally downloading millions of scientific journal articles, MIT officials today released an internal review of university actions, saying administrators never “targeted” the 26-year-old Internet activist and […]

Organizational Body Language | Peer to Peer Review

I’m becoming increasingly convinced that everything we do in the presence of others is, among other things, language—and in the academic library, virtually everything we do is done in the presence of others. we are constantly doing things that send a message—sometimes explicitly, but more often implicitly. In fact, everything that we do sends a message. If we don’t pay attention to what I like to call our “organizational body language,” we run the risk of sending the wrong message inadvertently.

Fire Destroys Canadian Library, Archive

The July 6 derailment of a train carrying crude oil caused fires that killed an estimated 47 people and destroyed dozens of buildings in the Canadian town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. One of the casualties was the Lac-Mégantic library and its collection, which included more than 60,000 books, CDs, and DVDs, and a local history archive.

Librarians’ Picks | Library by Design, Spring 2013

While away the hours in these singular and satisfying reading and lounging spots.

Declaring Independence

Statewide programs for ebook “ownership” are emerging in California, Kansas, Arizona, and Massachusetts, aiming for direct deals with publishers in some cases, and long-term preservation of local content in others.

Report: Walkerton, Indiana Library Chief Mishandled Funds

From the South Bend Tribune: The former director of the Walkerton-Lincoln Township Public Library allegedly mishandled tens of thousands of dollars, cutting himself unauthorized paychecks and spending public funds on personal dining and travel. In a report obtained by The Tribune, state auditors said Scott Klingerman, a former library board member who served as interim director […]

Libraries Partner with Local Airports

At first glance, a partnership between libraries and airports may seem a case of strange bedfellows. Libraries offer space for concentration and relaxation, while airports are notoriously stressful and full of distractions. But the venues do have one thing in common: in both, users are looking for something to read.