July 27, 2021

Bernard A. Barton Jr. Named New Chief Information Officer at Library of Congress

Here’s the full text of LC’s announcement including a brief bio of the new CIO. At the bottom of this post we’ve included updates about recent info tech access issues at LC. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the appointment of Bernard A. Barton Jr. as chief information officer of the Library of […]

Bernard A. Barton Jr. Named New Chief Information Officer at Library of Congress

Here’s the full text of LC’s announcement including a brief bio of the new CIO. At the bottom of this post we’ve included updates about recent info tech access issues at LC. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the appointment of Bernard A. Barton Jr. as chief information officer of the Library of […]

Texas: Harris County Public Library Launches iKnow Digital Access Library Card

From the Houston Chronicle: With the iKnow digital library card, residents will essentially have an on-demand library on their electronic device. The program, which started Sept. 1, already had more than 300 people enroll in the service, including about 10 children. While it doesn’t offer all of the amenities of a full-service library card (digital […]

Texas: Harris County Public Library Launches iKnow Digital Access Library Card

From the Houston Chronicle: With the iKnow digital library card, residents will essentially have an on-demand library on their electronic device. The program, which started Sept. 1, already had more than 300 people enroll in the service, including about 10 children. While it doesn’t offer all of the amenities of a full-service library card (digital […]

ALA Releases “Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors”

From the American Library Association: On June 29, 2015, the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, “Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors.”  The document, which outlines best practices for vendors to follow to protect the privacy of library users,  is intended to encourage vendors and libraries to […]

ALA Releases “Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors”

From the American Library Association: On June 29, 2015, the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, “Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors.”  The document, which outlines best practices for vendors to follow to protect the privacy of library users,  is intended to encourage vendors and libraries to […]

New Technology to Borrow: North Carolina State University Libraries Begins Lending Apple Watches

Apple Watches are now available for members of the NC State community to borrow from NCSU Libraries and their Technology Lending service. Other items include cameras, tripods, cables, e-readers, makerspace materials, and gaming consoles. From NCSU Library News: When asked about the Libraries’ interest in lending Apple Watches, David Woodbury (Associate Head of User Experience) simply explained that […]

USDA Announces Funding For Improving Broadband in Rural Areas & President Obama Signs Memorandum to Expand Broadband Deployment

From the US Dept. of Agriculture: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has funded three rural telecommunications infrastructure projects that will improve broadband service in portions of rural Arkansas, Iowa and New Mexico. This announcement coincides with the news that the President Obama signed a new Presidential Memorandum to create the Broadband Opportunity […]

Coming Soon: Bibliocommons Will Expand Use of SSL To Include Entire Search Process

In a Bibliocommons newsletter story today the Toronto-based company announced they will soon encrypt the entire search process. Kudos Biblicommons! Here’s the full text of what was announced today: Coming soon to BiblioCore is SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) across all pages of the service. Previously SSL was employed on pages containing sensitive information, such as […]

New Zealand: Dunedin City Library’s New Book Sorting System is Utilizing a “World First” Technology

From the Otago Daily Times: Dunedin City Library has turned science fiction into real life with its new ”world-first” automated sorting system. The million-dollar radio frequency identification (RFID) project now has the jewel in its crown with the installation of a new automated materials handling machine linked to the return boxes. [Clip] The machine automatically […]