September 17, 2014

Illinois: Chicago Public Library Cardholders Can Now Borrow a Robot

From the Associated Press: The Chicago Public Library has more than just books for borrowing. It now has a fleet of 500 robots that can be checked out. The idea is to give Chicago residents of all ages a chance to dabble in the basics of computer coding. The gadgets, known as Finch Robots, were […]

Baker & Taylor Announces Access 360 Integration With BiblioCommons

From B&T: Baker & Taylor announced today that its popular Axis 360 digital media platform is now integrated with the BiblioCommons discovery layer. The integration of the two systems creates a simple and straightforward presentation of Axis 360 digital content alongside the library’s print, movie and music holdings. From that unified display, patrons can discover […]

eBooks and Audiobooks: Baker & Taylor Announces Enhancements to Axis360 Platform

From B&T: The enhancements upgrade the library user experience by providing more intuitive and engaging ways to discover and access digital materials. And, on the service administration side, the changes provide libraries with the opportunity to create customized Staff Picks Magic Wall displays and to create notifications and order parameters for holds and content license […]

OCLC Begins Adding Local Library Phone Numbers, Addresses to Yelp Listings

The following news from OCLC makes sense to us. Smart. Of course, it’s essential that the data is updated regularly and then Yelp uploads it in a timely manner. We all know (as both researchers and consumers) what it feels like when arriving at store/restaurant that’s moved or dialing a disconnected phone number. From OCLC: […]

Launching Later This Week: New York Public Library’s Shelley-Godwin Digital Archive

The site will go live this Thursday (October 31, 2013). Until then, you can learn more about the project here. From NYPL: The New York Public Library’s Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle is proud to announce the launch of the Shelley-Godwin Archive, a new digital resource that will comprise the manuscripts [...]

Illinois: Maywood Public Library Shuts Its Doors Due to Lack of Funding

Note: The Village of Maywood, IL is located just west of Chicago. From WGN-TV: The public library in suburban Maywood closed its doors Saturday and will not reopen until funding can be secured. It’s a place to read, use a computer and for teens to stay out of trouble. But now, the Maywood Library is [...]

Metadata: Pinterest and Getty Images Announce Partnership

From the Pinterest Blog: We are excited to announce a partnership with Getty Images to learn more about the images you pin. Getty Images is one of the industry’s best and broadest collections of imagery created by a community of hundreds of thousands of contributors. Their collection not only includes great images but also data [...]

DPLA Awarded $1 Million Grant From Gates Foundation to Train Public Librarians

More DPLA News Here:  DPLA Adds Three New Services Hubs and Launches Super Cool Ebook Bookshelf From the Digital Public Library of America: The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today that it has received a $990,195 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to build upon its network of library professionals and [...]

Deals: Polaris ILS and OverDrive Announce Partnership

From Polaris: Polaris Library Systems will employ OverDrive’s Discovery APIs and Circulation APIs (application programming interfaces) to create a more desirable, seamless patron experience for libraries with an OverDrive e-content subscription. [Clip] The integration between Polaris and OverDrive will be available for both the library catalog and mobile PAC in Q1 of 2014. Read the [...]

Illinois: Waukegan Public Library (Ray Bradbury’s Hometown) Handing Out Copies of ‘Fahrenheit 451′

These are special copies of Fahrenheit 451. Learn why below. From The Daily Herald: Ray Bradbury fans have a chance Friday to bring home a piece of his estate if they attend a festival in his honor hosted by the Waukegan Public Library. The first 100 guests at the library’s eighth annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling [...]