The Education Library Networks Coalition—which includes the American Library Association and the International Society for Technology in Education—is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to double the funding for E-rate, according to EdLiNC’s co-chair Jon Bernstein. The coalition also asks that the E-rate program offer more “scalable” goals for local entities, with limited national mandates.
“Penguin will resume doing business with OverDrive as of this morning,” Penguin spokesperson Erica Glass told LJ on September 25. According to a blog post by Karen Estrovich, collection development manager for OverDrive, 17,000 Penguin ebooks are already “live and available for purchase in OverDrive Marketplace.” Although Estrovich refers to the transaction as a purchase, the books are being offered for a one year term on a one copy/one user lending model.
Here’s a new research brief published online today by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Title The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States IMLS Research Paper #5 September 2013 Highlights The IMLS brief, The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States provides the agency’s first targeted analysis [...]
LIS faculties need diversity: more so of gender, of ability, of thought, and of race and ethnicity. If we as a profession keep saying that we must recruit more minority students because this makes us better prepared to serve increasingly diverse patron populations, shouldn’t we do the same at the faculty ranks?
There’s leadership. Then there’s library leadership. Or is there? Is being a leader in a library so different that it is a leadership entity unique unto itself? A library leader is ultimately, a leader who performs their work in a library, but what makes him or her a leader is not unique to the library setting.
Community outrage over having weeded a quarter of a million books into dumpsters isn’t the kind of public relations brouhaha that any library relishes dealing with. That scandal, though, may be the least of the problems for the Fairfax County Public Library, VA, (FCPL) where the library’s Board of Trustees has pressed pause on implementing a strategic plan that was supposed to help guide the library forward.
Penguin titles, both new and backlist, are once again available from OverDrive. 3M Cloud Library has offered access to Penguin ebook titles to all library customers since late Fall 2012. Today’s News From OverDrive Here’s a portion of what OverDrive Library Partners received in a email this AM. The number of titles available is actually [...]
Fall approaches. The boys of summer are winding it all down on the diamond and the gridiron guys are gearing up. Since my sport is reading, I’ve tallied up the major themes and attributes of this month’s six memoirs. Here are the scores: family stories six/six; tales of resilience six/six; woman memoirists five/six; damages of [...]
I suspect we are missing our key audience when we follow our traditional inbound service model during Library Card Sign-Up Month. I believe we can be much more effective if we take a page out of political campaigns and meet the public door-to-door. I’d settle for event-based sign-ups at the grocery store, bank, train station, or playground. But door-to-door is extremely effective in transforming a contact into a conversation and that conversation into action.
At the 44th annual Bouchercon (a volunteer-run mystery convention for readers, writers, and other publishing types), held Sept.19–21 in Albany, NY, best-selling author Louise Penny scored a double-header, winning the 2013 Anthony and the 2013 Macavity Best Novel Awards for The Beautiful Mystery, a locked-room puzzler set in a remote monastery deep in the woods [...]
Helping patrons to fill out immigration paperwork is an increasingly important need for the community in Hartford, CT. The Hartford Public Library (HPL) is just across the street from the United States Citizenship and Immigration services office, making HPL a common destination for immigrants who need computer access to bring up information and fill out online forms—access they often don’t have at home. To ensure that HPL staff can serve the needs of this community, HPL has become the first public library in America to have staff members accredited by the Bureau of Immigrant Appeals (BIA), so they can assist immigrants with the often confusing paperwork and online forms they need to fill out to get on—and stay on—the path to permanent U.S. citizenship.
This week our contributors from School Library Journal and Library Journal contemplate family ties, YA myths and fantasy, moviemaking, seducers and why women love them, mysteries, how to write, and the dangers of mansplaining. Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, Library Journal I’ve always enjoyed learning about the study of nonhuman primates. (Think apes who were taught [...]
A look at four new library and makerspace stories from around the USA. 1. Watertown, MA: Library Floats “Makerspace” Concept (via Boston Globe) Watertown officials are asking for public feedback on the proposed creation of a “Makerspace,” or a workshop intended for those who do activities with their hands like woodworking, sewing, and building computers. [...]
UPDATE September 23, 2013 7pm Coverage of Today’s Authors Guild v. Google Hearing Re: Fair Use 1. U.S. judge boosts Google ‘fair use’ defense of digital books (via Reuters) At a hearing in U.S. district court in New York on Monday, Judge Denny Chin said the question of fair use relies in part on whether the [...]
Since first coming to our attention in 1989 with the heartbreaking and richly conceived Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Allan Gurganus has tantalized us with a choice handful of works. Today, after a 12-year absence, Liveright: Norton is releasing his Local Souls, a collection of three novellas each containing the grandeur and energy of [...]
Berman, Matt. JFK Jr., George, and Me: A Memoir. Gallery. Mar. 2014. 240p. ISBN 9781451697018. $26. MEMOIR Berman currently runs his own advertising agency, Picture Book, but in 1995 he was hired by John Kennedy Jr., to serve as the creative director of George magazine. Here he recounts his relationship with JFK Jr., both personal [...]
Anselme, Daniel. On Leave. Faber & Faber. Mar. 2014. 224p. tr. from French by David Bellos. ISBN 9780865478954. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780865478961. LITERARY Anselme’s classic explains what it’s like for soldiers to return home from an unpopular war in a distant realm. No, it’s not about Vietnam. It was published in Paris in 1957, as [...]
Black, Benjamin. The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel. Holt. Mar. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780805098143. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780805098150. CD: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY Man Booker prize winner John Banville again changes tack to write as Benjamin Black, and Black changes tack, too, leaving behind series hero Quirke, consultant pathologist at the Dublin morgue, to revive [...]
Deconstructing the conference model, worries about the future of innovation in libraries and investing social energy. This and much more in this week’s episode of TWIL: your weekly dose of library innovation! thisweekinlibraries.com
Characters from earlier books reemerge in new locations and time periods, giving readers the gift of a constantly refreshed storywell.