February 16, 2018

Archives for August 2013

LSSI VP Selected as Next Texas State Librarian

From the Texas State Library and Archives Commission: The seven-member Texas State Library and Archives Commission today [Friday, August 30, 2013] unanimously selected Mark Smith for the position of Director and Librarian, the agency’s chief executive also known as the Texas State Librarian. Mark Smith currently serves as the Vice President of West Coast Operations for Library Systems and Services (LSSI) of Germantown, […]

Public Libraries Across U.S. To Begin Testing “Super Wi-Fi” Technology

The Gigabit Library Network (GLN) has announced that libraries from around the U.S. will begin testing super wi-fi technology during a four month trial. Super wi-fi? From the GLN Web Site: Unlike traditional wifi, Super Wi-Fi (though currently capable of less data throughput) has advantages both in a range measured in miles and in its […]

Tech Training Vendor Introduces Need-Based Pricing for Libraries

echnology education provider Treehouse announced Treehouse Education Library Aid, a new pricing plan that offers small or demonstrably cash-strapped libraries discounts of up to 50 percent on subscriptions to its collection of step-by-step online courses on website design, computer programming, app development for Android and iOS devices, entrepreneurship, and other topics.

Seizing Inopportune Moments | Peer to Peer Review

Last weekend I went to Spring Green, Wisconsin for a treat I’d been anticipating most of a year: a double-bill of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at American Players Theatre. I drove home from the theater with lines and themes from the play pulling together disparate threads in my mind, such as opportune moments and their opposites, MIT’s report on its behavior during Aaron Swartz’s prosecution, the Biss bill as the latest twist in the movement toward open access to scholarly literature, and sundry other past and present information-related struggles in academe, and I want to share some of my musings.

WSJ: New York Public Library Rethinks Design (Central Library Plan)

From the Wall St. Journal: The New York Public Library, responding to outcry over its plans to demolish century-old book stacks, will this fall unveil a new design that preserves a significant portion of them, its president, Anthony Marx, said Tuesday. The library disclosed its plans in response to questions from The Wall Street Journal […]

IMLS Announces $100,000 Grant for National Forum on the Role of Public Libraries in Local Open Government

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today a $99,713  [laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21)] grant to the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany for a national forum that will lead to a better understanding of how public libraries help citizens […]

10 Golden Rules To Take Your Library’s Twitter Account to the Next Level

If you’re reading this, I’m sure you’re already aware how important Twitter is to libraries. 32 percent of Internet users are on the platform, but more importantly, they’re OUR type of Internet users! There is a strong overlap in the kinds of people who use libraries (or would do if they knew what we offered) and the kinds of people who tweet. And unlike some other social media, Twitter users are receptive to interacting with libraries on this platform.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries 8/15/13

Hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries as they appeared in the August 2013 issue of LJ.

Practicing Freedom in the Digital Library | Reinventing Libraries

Peer to Peer columnist Barbara Fister reflects on the need to reinvigorate instruction in light of how we now collect resources. This essay is part of an exclusive LJ series, Reinventing Libraries, that looks at how the digital shift is impacting libraries’ mission.

Balancing Privacy & Innovation | Reinventing Libraries

University of Washington iSchool’s Joseph Janes calls for libraries to strike a balance between protecting privacy and innovating to add value—with patrons’ permission. This essay is part of an exclusive LJ series, Reinventing Libraries, that looks at how the digital shift is impacting libraries’ mission.