November 22, 2017

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 […]

INFOdocket: Top Resources for K–12

Looking for new, timely online resources for your K–12 students? Gary Price, an industry analyst librarian and editor of LJ’s INFOdocket, has selected the following recent posts for school librarians. Topics range from current and past presidential debates to German Jewish history. Price is also co-founder and editor of FullTextReports.com.

eBooks: Douglas County Libraries Releases iOS App and David Rothman Offers Praise

In a new Library City blog post, ebook/digital publishing expert David Rothman offers praise for the new iOS ebook reading app (Version 1.0) released by the Douglas County Libraries last Friday. The app provides access to both ePub and PDF eBooks acquired directly by DCL as well as OverDrive materials. The app is powered by […]

Baker & Taylor: Latest Version of Axis 360 Brings Library eBooks to NOOK, Sony Reader, and Kobo Devices

From a B&T Announcement: Baker & Taylor today released an upgrade to its popular Axis 360 digital media platform. New options allow library patrons to check out ebooks on ereaders compatible with EPUB and PDF formats, such as NOOK, Sony Reader and Kobo devices. [Clip] With Axis 360, library patrons can now use virtually any […]