February 17, 2018

Archives for December 2015

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Pete Petruski named Executive Director, Library System of Lancaster County, PA, Donald L. Gilstrap named Dean of the University of Alabama Libraries, Tuscaloosa, and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the December 2015 issue of Library Journal.

LaRue on Taking the Lead at the Office of Intellectual Freedom, Freedom To Read Foundation

James (Jamie) LaRue, most recently CEO of LaRue & Associates, has been chosen to lead the American Library Association (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), effective January 4, 2016 following the retirement of OIF director Barbara M. Jones on December 31. As former director of the Douglas County, CO, Library System and Colorado Librarian of the Year, LaRue will step into his new roles with hands-on library experience at all levels—local, regional, statewide, and national. He has also served on ALA’s Digital Content Working Group and OCLC’s executive council, as well as writing an LJ column on Self-Publishing and Libraries. LJ caught up with LaRue as he was preparing to relocate close to ALA headquarters in Chicago.

U.S. Federal Court Libraries Deal With Cuts and New Tech, Funding Increase Unlikely

From a Judiciary News (published by U.S.Courts) Article: Funding for library spaces, subscription and purchase budgets, and staff positions all have faced sharp cuts. The changes have been driven by new information technologies, which have reduced the need for books and enabled judges and law clerks to do more online research. Judge William Terrell Hodges, […]

Public Library News Roundup (Reports From Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, and New York)

Arkansas North Little Rock Libraries To Add Hours After ’14 Cuts (ArkansasOnline) California Proposal to Name North Branch Library After Michelle Obama Stirs Debate (via Long Beach Post) and  Should North Long Beach Library Be Named For First Lady? Don’t Ask Us (via Long Beach Press-Telegram) California Yolo County Libraries Get Faster Internet Access (via […]

OOP Books: Mellon Foundation and NEH Award 10 Grants, More Than $700,000 For Humanities Open Book Program

From the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest funders of humanities research in the United States, announced more than $700,000 in new grants today that will give a second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by turning them into free […]

Branching Out | December 2015

The North Miami Public Library completed its $1.5 million renovation, ground was broken for the new South Central Regional Library, Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL), KY, and more new construction and renovation news from the December 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Amherst College Protesters Occupy Frost Library

On the evening of November 11, Katyana Dandridge, Sanyu Takirambudde, and Lerato Teffo were depressed and frustrated. The women, all sophomores at Amherst College, were upset about what was happening on other college campuses—not only at the University of Missouri and Yale but at universities in Teffo’s native South Africa—and wanted to do something to show solidarity with students at “every other institution across the world where black people are marginalized and threatened,” they said in a statement.

Library as Publisher: Saint Paul, Minnesota Public Library Publishes Two Karen Language Children’s Books

Major kudos and congrats to the St. Paul Public Library!!! From the City of St. Paul, MN: Mayor Chris Coleman [recently] announced that the Saint Paul Public Library has curated and published two Karen language children’s books, the first to be published by a public library in the state. Saint Paul is home to largest […]

University of Missouri: After Fee Fails, MU’s Ellis Library Plans End To 24-Hour Access

Note: Additional background in “MU Library Looks for New Ways to Improve After Fee Failed” (December 2, 2015) From The Missourian: Ending the longer hours follows a failed MU student vote in November to raise fees for library operations. Ann Riley, acting director of MU Libraries, said the new hours haven’t been determined. Previous hours […]

KY Appeals Court: Library Taxes Legal

Library officials across Kentucky exhaled with relief on Friday, March 20, after the state Court of Appeals ruled that systems in two northern counties correctly and legally set their annual tax rate based on a decades-old law that allows revenue to be raised without voter approval. The decision reversed two lower-court verdicts and means the Campbell and Kenton County systems will not have to roll back their tax rates 35 years or more, which would have triggered staff layoffs, branch closures, and other draconian cuts.