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Archives for January 2014

Amid Winter in Philadelphia | ALA Midwinter 2014

Snow and cold presented transportation challenges in getting to Philadelphia for the American Library Association (ALA)’s 2014 Midwinter conference, leading some exhibitors to express disappointment in the light crowds on the exhibit floor, though ALA reports attendance of 12,207, topping San Diego, Dallas, and Seattle’s numbers (However, the growth came mostly in exhibitors and exhibitor-invited complimentary attendees.) Those hardy, or lucky, librarians that did make it got some good leads and found excitement in a number of places. Besides grabbing the many galleys on offer and waiting on line for signings, the presence of Google Glass (being demonstrated under the aegis of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy) created buzz. Via Twitter, librarians reacted to the wearable computing device in ways that ran the gamut from enthusiasm to criticism of the functionality to concern about patron privacy.

Indiana: More Branches, Fewer Books for Indianapolis Libraries?, New Strategic Plan Ready for Public Release

UPDATE: Today’s event to release the new strategic plan has been cancelled due to bad weather in Indianapolis From the Indianapolis Star After years of belt-tightening, the library system’s new strategic plan [preliminary version] calls for an ambitious — and potentially costly — building expansion drive to accommodate the plan’s goals. [Clip] At the plan’s […]

Top Tech Trends | ALA Midwinter 2014

Codes of conduct and anti-harassment policies were listed among the leading current trends during the annual LITA Top Tech Trends panel, along with digital forensics, open content, next steps in social media, and more.

OverDrive Announces Move to all MP3 Audiobooks

OverDrive, one of the major vendors of audiobooks to libraries, has announced that it will be moving away from the WMA format and making audiobooks for the library market available solely as MP3s.

Librarypedia: The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia

The Wikipedia Library is an open research hub started in 2010 when Credo Reference donated 500 free research accounts to Wikipedia’s most active editors. Partnerships with HighBeam, Questia, JSTOR, and the Cochrane Library followed. Now, the Wikipedia Library is developing into a portal to connect editors with libraries, open access resources, paywalled databases, digital reference tools, and research experts. Two of the project’s leaders discuss the potential for collaboration between libraries and Wikipedia, as well as the new Visiting Scholars pilot program.

Car Bomb Causes Severe Structural Damage to Egypt’s National Library

From Ahram Online: The car bomb which gutted Cairo’s central police headquarters early on Friday morning has also caused severe structural damage to Egypt’s National Library and Archives (NLA), located across the street from the security directorate targeted in the blast. Minister of Culture Saber Arab told Ahram Online that all the NLA’s lighting and ventilation […]

Library Construction: Williams College’s $86 Million Library Project Nearing Completion

From the Berkshire Eagle: Largely unseen by the college community, about 200 tradespeople are feverishly toiling to finish work on Williams College’s new, $86 million library. It was designed to encompass, and repurpose, the original library, which was built in 1922 and turned to other uses in 1975 when Sawyer Library opened. The new structure, […]

After 2 Years in Development LibraryBox 2.0 Goes On Sale Today for $150

We’re big fans of librarian entrepreneurs around here so first and foremost congratulations to Jason Griffey on today’s news and taking his idea for a useful and important device and making it happen. If you’re not familiar with what a LibraryBox is, here’s how Griffey describes it: LibraryBox is an inexpensive portable private digital distribution […]

ProQuest Joins Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)

From ProQuest: ProQuest has joined the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), which represents the interests of Open Access (OA) journal publishers globally in all scientific, technical, and scholarly disciplines. [Clip] In addition to integrating and aggregating open access content in many of its information solutions, ProQuest publishes Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, an open […]

Federal Spending Bill Expands Research Funding With Open Access Mandate, Restores IMLS Funding

The omnibus spending bill signed into law by President Obama on January 17 has plenty of wrinkles and details, but one of them is a change that expands the number of federal agencies operating under a mandate to make research they fund available to the public after one year.