April 15, 2014

Public Library News Roundup (9 Stories from 8 States and British Columbia)

British Columbia Okanagan Regional Library System: Library budget will increase taxes (via Kewlona Capital News) Colorado Lyons County: Voting Options Offered For Library District Issues (via Lyons Recorder) Illinois Naperville library creating digital media lab at 95th Street (via Daily Herald) Kansas Topeka Library Talks RFID Update (via Topeka Capital Journal) Massachusetts Worcester:  New library logo reflects [...]

DC Public Library: 10 Architecture Firms Shortlisted to Help Design NextGen MLK Jr. Library

From the DC Public Library: Today, ten firms were selected to move to the next round in the search for an architect team to help design the next generation Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Three firms will be selected in mid-December to move to the third and final round and [...]

Memphis: Supreme Court Upholds Voter ID; Library Cards Don’t Count

From WREG (Memphis): Tennessee’s Supreme Court ruled against the City of Memphis and has upheld the state’s Voter ID law. The court upheld the 2011 law which requires photo identification for those who are registered to cast a vote. Two voters and the City of Memphis sued arguing the ID requirement was an unfair burden [...]

University of Hawaii Slashes Funding Request for Daniel K. Inouye Library

From the Honolulu Star-Advertiser: The University of Hawaii has drastically cut its funding request for the planned Daniel K. Inouye library, including slashing a request for state bond financing by two thirds, to $5 million. Interim UH President David Lassner proposed the funding change at today’s Board of Regents meeting after hearing public testimony from [...]

Worldreader Receives Gates Foundation Grant, Will Launch Ereading Pilot in Eight Kenyan Libraries

From the Worldreader Blog: With the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant, we will provide eight libraries in Kenya with 250 e-readers with protective cases. Library customers will have instantaneous access to 50,000 fiction and non-fiction books, reference materials and storybooks, plus a complete set of digital textbooks used in Kenyan schools and suitable for [...]

Expansion: Macmillan Making Complete Ebook Backlist Available for Library Lending

From Andrew Albanese at Publisher’s Weekly: Less than a year after launching a pilot with its Minotaur Press imprint, Macmillan officials today confirmed that it will expand its library e-book offerings to include its entire e-book backlist, more than 11,000 titles. [Clip] Frontlist titles will not be included in the program at this time. Titles will [...]

Colorado: Jamie LaRue Leaving Director Position at Douglas County Libraries

Jamie LaRue told his staff at the library earlier this week that he would be leaving his position at the library and then blogged about his decision to move on yesterday. He’ll stay at the helm for another 90 days and then will move work as a consultant, speaker, etc. In His Words LaRue writes:  I’ll [...]

Ebooks: OverDrive Releases Circulation APIs

From the OverDrive Digital Library Blog: The Circulation APIs will allow approved partners to request checkouts, downloads, holds, and returns from within their own discovery interface. This means users will now be able to browse and search their library’s digital collection, see what’s available and check out a title or place a hold all without [...]

MOOCs: Google and EdX Announce Partnership, Will Launch New Site Next Year

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From the EdX Web Site: EdX today announced its partnership with Google to jointly develop the edX open source learning platform, Open edX, and expand the availability of the platform and its learning tools to individuals and institutions around the world. In collaboration with Google, edX will build out and operate MOOC.org [launching in early 2014], [...]

Begins Today: A HathiTrust and DPLA Partnership

From the DPLA Blog: The HathiTrust Digital Library will partner with the recently launched Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to expand discovery and use of HathiTrust’s public domain and other openly available content.