February 17, 2018

Archives for August 2014

Ferguson Libraries Step Up to Serve Community in Turmoil

Libraries in the Ferguson, MO area provided educational services and creative programs for children and families—and sanctuary for all ages—while the start of school was postponed for two weeks because of unrest in the area.

Ohio: Columbus Metropolitan Library Expanding Book Delivery Program to Public Schools

From the Columbus Metropolitan Library: Tomorrow, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will begin delivering bins of carefully selected books to 16 elementary schools in the Columbus City Schools (CCS) district. This new service is part of a larger CML effort to impact early literacy and third grade reading. CML piloted the book delivery program with Groveport-Madison’s […]

Editors’ Fall Picks

For style and subterfuge, look no further than these 36 fall books that have LJ‘s review editors talking

Editors’ Fall Picks

For style and subterfuge, look no further than these 36 fall books that have LJ‘s review editors talking

Upcoming Knight Foundation News Challenge to Focus on Libraries in the Digital Age

Some very exciting news from the KF. Spread the word!!! More soon. From a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Blog Post by John Bracken: On Sept. 10, we’re opening the next News Challenge, on libraries. Our 12th News Challenge, it will build upon the 19 projects we funded with $3.47 million in June […]

Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. He launched enduring reference works including the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Authors, and the Encyclopedia of Associations

Canada: Mount Royal University Breaks Ground on $100M Library Project

Libraries in Alberta are hot and continue to make headlines. Along with the new Mount Royal library story (below) here are a few examples from the infoDOCKET archive: 1. In June, the Edmonton Public Library was named the Gale/LJ 2014 Library of the Year in June. A couple of weeks ago we mentioned the debut […]

Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission To Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict. I want to focus on a different issue: the practice of making patrons request library permission before republishing content drawn from documents in our special collections.

If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction?

NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six.