May 3, 2015

UMass Amherst Opens First Large-Scale MakerBot Innovation Center at a University Library

Housed at the Digital Media Lab of the Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst, the new Center is equipped with over 30 MakerBot Replicators, bringing 3-D printing technology to faculty, researchers and students to enhance research, design, and entrepreneurial projects.

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 […]

A Virtual Reality CAVE Facility Will Be Built Inside Villanova’s Falvey Memorial Library

From Villanova U.: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $1.67 million grant to Villanova University to develop a virtual reality CAVE facility that uses immersive video for telepresence applications as well as computer-generated graphics for 3D visualization. The grant is the largest NSF research grant ever awarded to the University. Villanova’s CAVE (Cave […]

Delay in Release of New York Public Library Revised Renovation Plan

UPDATE October 24 New York Public Library Hires Firm to Promote Renovation Plan (via NY Times) The library has enlisted the Parkside Group, whose team will be led by Evan Stavisky, the contract says, perhaps best known as a Democratic consultant. Asked about its decision to hire Parkside, the library said in a statement that, like […]

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 […]