American Library Association • December 8, 2015
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ALA, publishers talk ebook lending terms

ALA leaders meet with representatives from the Metropolitan New York Library Council (Metro), from left: ALA President Sari Feldman; Lisa Rosenblum, chief librarian, Brooklyn Public Library; Milan Hughston, chief of library and museum archives at The Museum of Modern Art; James G. Neal, university librarian emeritus at Columbia University; Kelvin Watson, chief innovation and technology officer, Queens Library; and Nate Hill, executive director, Metro

Alan S. Inouye writes: “In early December, a delegation of ALA leaders met with senior corporate executives and library marketing executives of Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Penguin Random House. ALA’s most specific request was to expand the options for library ebook lending business models to give libraries more choice. In particular, we advocated for a long-term option, such as purchase or perpetual license, and a shorter-term option, such as a one-year license or other flexible arrangement.”...

AL: E-Content, Dec. 7

Recreating Queens Library on a mobile device

Queens Library’s mobile app

Larra Clark writes: “Kelvin Watson’s first experience downloading a library ebook required 19 steps. ‘By the time I was done, I didn’t want to read the book,’ he said as part of the background leading up to the development of Queens Library’s ‘Discovery and Delivery’ platform and its Virtual Library. Watson joined Queens three years ago as chief innovation and technology officer. Learning about the progress he and his team have made over that time was exhilarating.”...

AL: E-Content, Dec. 7

Sponsored Content

Gale digital humanities

Connecting with faculty through digital humanities

As academic libraries continually shift to keep up with the changing needs of research and scholarship, many are looking at the digital humanities (DH) as an opportunity for closer partnership with faculty and other campus stakeholders. Some are investing in becoming “DH Centers,” offering not just content, but services, technology infrastructure, IT support, and even programming knowledge to scholars. Others want to engage in similar efforts but are constrained by lack of functional expertise, funding, or space.

Join Jon Cawthorne, dean of libraries at West Virginia University; Thomas Padilla, digital scholarship librarian at Michigan State University Libraries; and others for a discussion around the ways libraries can evolve to overcome these challenges and meet the changing needs of faculty and students in the digital humanities. Sunday, January 10, 1–2:30 p.m., ALA Midwinter Meeting, BCC Room 105.

Teen Tech Week: STEAM and underserved teens

2016 Teen Tech Week banner

YALSA invites library staff to encourage teens to “Create it at your library” for Teen Tech Week, March 6–12, 2016. TTW encourages libraries to tailor the theme to show their community exactly how libraries can connect in meaningful ways with teens in order to help them gain STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) skills. YALSA members can also apply for one of 20 Teen Tech Week programming stipends worth $1,000 each. The deadline to apply is January 1....

YALSA, Dec. 7

NUC Pre-1956 Imprints now available on HathiTrust

National Union Catalog: Pre-1956 Imprints on shelf

Eric Willey writes: “All 754 volumes of the National Union Catalog: Pre-1956 Imprints are available online to the public for free viewing on the HathiTrust Virtual Library. Less than a month ago I inquired if the ALA would be willing to make this open to public view as one of the copyright holders, and everyone was very enthusiastic and extremely helpful in making that happen (including the ALA Archives staff in Urbana, who were able to locate the original 1964 publishing contract).”...

ALCTS, Dec. 7
Libraries Transform

Editorial: Wasilla book battle behavior was out of line

Cover of This Book Is Gay

The newspaper editors write: “A public row over the placement of a sex education book for gay teens in the Wasilla (Alaska) Public Library appears to have died down now that the book—along with about 300 other books classified as YA nonfiction—has been moved to the adult stacks at the library. However, there are still a couple distressing issues that need to be addressed before the debate is shelved: public process and the shameful language heaped upon Library Director K. J. Martin-Albright.”...

Wasilla (Alaska) Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Dec. 6

Suburban Twin Cities schools retain Just One Day

Cover of Just One Day

A committee of parents and school staff has decided to retain a young adult book in Rosemount–Apple Valley–Eagan school district libraries south of St. Paul, Minnesota. Parents Ben and Kandi Lovin had asked the district to remove Just One Day by Gayle Forman from the four libraries, citing “adult themes” and inappropriate language. In a December 3 vote, seven members of the district’s review committee favored keeping the novel at both the middle school and high school levels....

St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press, Dec. 4
2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting

Apply for a Laura Bush Foundation grant

Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries logoThe Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides funds to school libraries to add to and update their book and media collections to encourage and foster a love of reading, support student learning, and make books and reading materials available to students who would otherwise not have access to them. Schools must meet certain criteria to be eligible for a library grant. Applications must be submitted by December 14....

Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries

2015: A great year of summer reading on military bases

DOD-MWR Summer Reading 2015 totals

iREAD’s 2015 Summer Reading partnership with the libraries of the US Department of Defense Morale, Welfare, and Recreation has meant much to the thousands of kids and families who participated. From Edwards Air Force Base in California to the Army’s Yongsan Garrison in South Korea, from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam in Hawaii, the “Read to the Rhythm” theme led to drum safaris, performances by the Marine Aircraft Wing Band and the USMC Jazz Band, and lots of reading about music, musicians, and all things rhythm....

Illinois Library Association Newsletter, Dec. 3; Public Libraries Online, Mar. 1

First edition of King James Bible on display at Drew

Drew University's King James Bible. Photo by Lynne DeLade/Drew University

Drew University, founded in Madison, New Jersey, in 1867 as a Methodist seminary, is known for its unusually rich collection of rare books and manuscripts, including hundreds of historic Bibles. In October, graduate student Brian Shetler discovered a treasure the library didn’t know it had: a first edition of the King James Bible, a so-called “He Bible,” named for a typographical error in the Book of Ruth. The Bible will be added to the library’s current exhibition, “Discoveries and Donations,” which runs until February 22....

New York Times, Oct. 14, Dec. 4

Turkish museum established to honor mobile library

Mustafa Güzelgöz and his donkey-based mobile library in Turkey

The children of Mustafa Güzelgöz, who gained fame in the Ürgüp district of central Anatolia, Turkey, after he traveled from village to village with his mobile library on his donkey in the 1940s, have established a museum to honor their father’s memory. Aziz and Muammer Güzelgöz have been undertaking a reading campaign in the name of their father and they will try to make their father’s name live forever with the newly established museum. Mustafa died in 2005....

Istanbul Daily Sabah, Dec. 7

One cloud catalog to serve them all

In 2012, public libraries supplied 48% of all books to US citizens

Steve Coffman writes: “Public libraries are the single largest supplier of books in the US. No other outlet can compete with public libraries—not Amazon, not Barnes & Noble, not Walmart or Costco, not all your local bookstores. But you’d never know it to look at us on the web. Our websites don’t measure up. The solution is obvious—ditch those 9,000 outdated library catalogs and funnel all of our readers through one great catalog built on the web with information on the more than 891 million books held by US public libraries.”...

Online Searcher 39, no. 6 (Nov./Dec.)

Creative Commons hits 1 billion licenses for free usage

Sites with Creative Commons content

The creators of more than a billion photos, videos, songs, and other works are giving them away on the internet for others to use for free forever—a big milestone for Creative Commons, the nonprofit organization behind the copyright licenses allowing that use. The numbers were released December 8 in the group’s State of the Commons report. The report shows that Creative Commons licenses have nearly tripled in the last five years to 1.1 billion. The first licenses were released in December 2002....

CBC News, Dec. 8; Creative Commons, Dec. 8

The world’s most influential universities

Wikipedia ranking of world universities using PageRank algorithm

Where are the world’s most influential universities? That’s a question that increasingly dominates the way the public, governments, and funding agencies think about research and higher education. An independent way of producing a ranking that avoids controversies would be widely welcomed. José Lages and colleagues at the University of Franche-Comte are using the way universities are mentioned on Wikipedia to produce a new kind of world ranking that avoids common biases....

MIT Technology Review, Dec. 7; arXiv, Nov. 29

Bad librarian!

One does not simply break the internet

Roz Warren writes: “I work at the circulation desk of a suburban library. I recently handed a patron’s library card back to her after scanning it, but I lost my grip and basically ended up throwing it at her instead. ‘I’m so sorry!’ I said. ‘I didn’t mean to do that.’ ‘Yes you did!’ she said. Flabbergasted and shaken, I logged on to my favorite Librarian Facebook hangout and asked: What’s the weirdest thing a patron has accused you of doing? I got quite a few responses.”...

Huffington Post: Books, Dec. 4

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