October 20, 2014

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Aspen Institute Releases Report on ‘Re-Envisioning Public Libraries’

The new report “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” explores how public libraries can respond to community needs in the digital age, with 15 “action steps.”

‘100,000 Los Angeles Elementary Students Still Without Libraries’

About 40 percent of LAUSD elementary schools still lack the staff to open libraries, leaving about 100,000 students without a way to borrow books on campus, reports KPCC Radio.

Graphic Novels a ‘Gateway to Adult Literacy,’ Claims Study


Graphic novels and video games have become integral to library collections, and both media can have a large impact on circulation, according to a University of South Florida study. Moreover, readership stats “bolster the concept of graphic novels as a gateway to adult literacy.”

Encyclopaedia Britannica Sees Digital Growth, Aims to Draw New Users

“ is on track for 12 million visitors in September, up from 4.7 million during the same month in 2012,” executives told the Chicago Tribune.

Public Library Of Cincinnati And Hamilton County Begins Offering Career Online High School Diploma Program

The Public Library Of Cincinnati And Hamilton County announced September 17 that they’re offering library users the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas and career certificates via Career Online High School.

‘Tactile Picture Books’ Creates 3-D Print Titles for Blind Children


A new project out of the University of Colorado is harnessing 3-D printing technology to make picture books accessible to visually impaired children.

Columbus Library Expanding Book Delivery Program to Public Schools

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has begun delivering bins of selected books to 16 elementary schools in the Columbus City Schools district. The new service is part of a larger CML effort to improve early literacy and third grade reading.

NJ State Library to Launch High School Diploma Program at Select Public Libraries

The Online High School Completion Program will allow New Jersey residents to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate at six local libraries.

Library and Education Groups File Net Neutrality Comments with FCC

Concern over net neutrality rules prompted a joint filing by a coalition that includes ALA and EDUCAUSE, with suggestions to ensure the preservation of “an open Internet for libraries, higher education and the communities we serve.”

Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited Ebook Subscription Service

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Upon the announcement of Amazon’s ebook subscription program Kindle Unlimited, Gary Price, INFOdocket editor, writes “Are libraries ready to compete with these services?”

Listen Up! Music Vault Adds 13,000 Live Concert Videos to YouTube

The collection features 2,000 hours of exclusive video of artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen and The Who to Metallica and The Roots.

Horizon Report Cites Top Trends—and Major Challenges— in Ed Tech

Info Technology Forecast: 2014 NMC Horizon Report K-12 Edition Published and Available Online

The 2014 Horizon Report identifies “Rethinking the Role of Teachers” and the “Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches” as major trends. Competition from new education models and student data privacy are among the challenges related to ed tech adoption in K-12 schools.

Top Instructors to Teach Free MOOC on Copyright for Educators & Librarians

Registration is now open for the four-week Coursera MOOC, which runs from July 21 to August 18, 2014.

Beginning Next Month an All-Star Lineup of Instructors Will Teach a “Copyright for Educators & Librarians” MOOC, Registration Now Open

If you’re interested in learning about copyright and library issues from three highly-respected professionals then this MOOC is or you. This is an all-star faculty lineup if there ever was one. The MOOC is titled, “Copyright for Educators & Librarians” and is free. Registration is now open. Kevin Smith, Duke University;  Anne Gilliland, University of North Carolina Chapel […]

Audio and Video: Maya Angelou, Appearances and Interviews


Selected interviews and appearances by Maya Angelou, who passed away on May 28, 2014.

Oyster and Scribd Add 10,000+ Titles from Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster is making its entire ebook backlist—over 10,000 titles—available through Scribd and Oyster, reports Gigaom.

Gale Databases Coming to Texas K-12 Public Schools, Statewide Licensing Deal Announced

More than five million Texas public school students in over 9,000 schools will have online access to 15 Gale databases and a collection of ebooks from Gale Virtual Reference Library beginning June 15.

Chicago-Based Inventables to Donate 3D Carving Machines to Libraries and Public Maker Spaces in All 50 States

From the Chicago Tribune: Chicago-based Inventables says it plans to give away 3D carving machines to libraries and other public maker spaces in all 50 states. CEO Zach Kaplan says the inspiration comes from the success of the Chicago Public Library’s Maker Lab, winner of the Social Innovator Award at the 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards. His […]

Gates Foundation Ending Global Libraries Program Over Next 3-5 Years

On May 7, the director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries Program, Deborah Jacobs, posted a blog on the Gates Foundation website announcing the conclusion of the foundation’s work in the Global Libraries Program over the next 3 – 5 years. To date, the program has reached more than 13,000 public libraries in nearly 20 countries, many developing and transitioning.

Proposed San Diego Public Library Budget Shifts $500K from Books Fund to New Tutoring Program

On May 7, San Diego City Council members praised the mayor for his proposed budget for libraries that earmarks approximately $3M for acquisitions, but concern was expressed over $500K of the funds being redirected to pay for a pilot afterschool tutoring program.