March 24, 2018

Archives for May 2015

Oxford University Press Buys Epiegum, an E-Learning/Online Courseware Company

From EducationInvestor: Oxford University Press has bought e-learning business Epigeum for around £10.7 million [approx $16.36/USD]] EducationInvestor can reveal. [Clip] Epigeum is a provider of online courses designed to support universities and colleges in core activities like teaching, research, studying and management. The company’s courses are used by 230 universities in 27 countries. From a News […]

New Public Library / Academic Library Partnership Bringing Innovation Library to Coming to British Columbia

UBC’s Okanagan Library and the Okanagan Regional Library are located in Kelowna, British Columbia. The Innovation Library is scheduled to open in September. From the University of British Columbia Library: UBC’s Okanagan Library and the Okanagan Regional Library are partnering to open a new Innovation Library this September. The pilot, funded partially by the Irving K. […]

ONEBOOKAZ | Self-Publishing & Libraries

One of the more exciting library projects—­ONEBOOKAZ—is occurring under the leadership of the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State’s office. Many communities have sponsored a “one book” program, in which a whole city or county is invited to read a title at the same time. But ONEBOOKAZ has three twists that make it different.

Rethink the Staff Workplace | Library by Design, Spring 2015

As libraries make their public-facing spaces more people-focused and mobile tech makes big us/them service desks obsolete, it’s important to ensure that staff have creativity-enhancing spaces of their own along with the work processes, tools, and training to be effective.

The Budget Dance: State funding is not “low-hanging fruit” | Editorial

The legislative budget season triggers a tense cycle for libraries, and this year is no different. State library funding comes under attack, and library advocates mount a defense. Where wisdom prevails, the lines are upheld or even increased, bolstering the key infrastructure libraries bring to our communities. Where short-term thinking trumps strategic insight, the lines get trimmed and trimmed, gaining a relatively minor lift to the state’s bottom line while putting at risk small but significant programs that interconnect our valuable public library resources—and serve as a critical conduit for federal funds to reinforce service.

Researcher: What You Got? | Office Hours

Let’s take some advice from sex columnist Dan Savage to improve connections between research and practice. Savage’s Lovecast podcast features a segment called “What You Got?” highlighting recent studies from sex and relationship researchers. Savage gives scholars a few minutes of airtime to report on how their findings might relate to listeners. What a brilliant way to get the word out about research! Maybe a similar segment could find its way to Steve Thomas’s “Circulating Ideas” podcast, a show I always enjoy.

You’re a Good Leader, But Are You a Thought Leader? | Leading from the Library

The term ‘thought leader’ tends to be associated with negative perceptions. Perhaps it isn’t as bad as we have made it out to be. What exactly is it, and does our profession benefit from thought leadership? Might you be a thought leader?

Massachusetts: Audit Faults Security at Boston Public Library

UPDATE May 28 2pm Eastern Boston Public Library president vows to increase security (via Boston Globe) UPDATE May 27 7pm Eastern Boston mayor says too early to say BPL president has his full support (via Fox Boston) From The Boston Globe: The Boston Public Library, where two valuable pieces of artwork disappeared, inadequately protects its […]

Roundup: 33 Public Library News Reports From the U.S. and Canada

Here’s a new roundup featuring a selection of public library news reports published in the past ten days. Alberta A Food Truck for the Brain! Edmonton Public Library Releases Video Commercial for EPL2Go Edmonton: EPL sees explosion of digital content and e-Usage (via Arizona Arizona’s State Library issues more than half-million dollars in grants […]

Schools, Libraries Will Receive Full Request of $3.9B in E-Rate Funding

From FedScoop: Schools and libraries across the country will be getting the full amount they requested to upgrade their telecommunications and wireless services from the Federal Communications Commission, which capped the funding this year at $3.9 billion. In total, the districts requested $3.92 billion [including $1.6 billion for internal Wi-Fi networks] — just over the […]