April 19, 2018

Lisa Peet

About Lisa Peet

Lisa Peet is Associate Editor, News for Library Journal.

Remembering Bernie Margolis, NY State Librarian

New York State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis, known to all as Bernie, died on Saturday, April 14 at age 69 after an eight-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

Wanda Brown Wins ALA Presidency

After votes for the American Library Association (ALA) election were tallied on April 11, the organization announced that Wanda Kay Brown would be ALA’s 2019–20 president-elect.

San Diego PL Enlists Citizen Scientists as Bug Collectors

When the bug IS the feature, the result may look something like San Diego Public Library’s Catalog of Life @ the Library project. Launched in March 2017, the project provided bug collection kits that could be checked out of the library. Specimens’ DNA was extracted and barcoded, and became part of a global database.

Suspects but No Answers in Rare Book Theft at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Library

Investigators from the Allegheny County, PA, District Attorney’s Office continue to remain silent on the theft of 314 rare books, folios, maps, and other items from the rare materials room at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, although one official there confirmed that “suspect(s) have been identified.”

City of Library Love: PLA 2018 in Philadelphia

For many attending the Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 conference in Philadelphia, the biggest challenge was simply getting there, thanks to an early spring Nor’easter that dumped snow from Washington, DC to New England on Wednesday, March 21. Just under 6,000 public library professionals and supporters registered to attend in person, with 1,821 exhibitors signed up as well.

Federal Budget Compromise Keeps—and Boosts—IMLS Funding

UPDATE: 3/26/18: On Friday, March 23, President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill for FY18—after first threatening to veto it in an early-morning tweet. The bill will, among other provisions, keep the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and other government-funded culture and education agencies afloat through September.

Net Neutrality Concerns Spark Criticism of ALA Madison Award Pick

On March 9 the ALA Washington Office announced the recipients of its annual James Madison Award, given to “individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know at the national level.” However, this year’s choice, U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Mike Quigley (D-IL)—recognized for their work as cofounders and cochairs of the bipartisan Congressional Transparency Caucus—has drawn fire because of Issa’s opposition to net neutrality and other issues that, critics say, run counter to ALA’s stated Code of Ethics.

Orange City Public Library Pressured to Label, Segregate LGBTQ Material

Update: The Orange City Public Library’s board decided on March 20 to group books by subject and subcategory rather than alphabetical order by an author’s name. The new categorization method will be implemented on a trial basis, with a few subjects to start, this summer. If patrons like the new system, explained board president Jared Weber, it will expand to the rest of the library. The board will vote next month on the request to revise library policy to require additional input on acquisitions.

Marrakesh Treaty Bill Introduced

On March 15 the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) was introduced in Congress, moving the United States closer to implementing the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. The treaty was adopted in 2013 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)—the United Nations international copyright arm—at an international diplomatic conference in Marrakesh, and has since been ratified by 36 countries.

Meet the Candidates: ALA President 2018–19

Voting for the American Library Association (ALA) 2019–20 presidential campaign opened on March 12, and ALA members in good standing can cast their ballots through April 4. Results will be announced April 11. LJ invited the candidates to weigh in on some key issues pertaining to ALA and librarianship; more information can be found on ALA’s Election Information page.