April 15, 2014

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Wanted: Presentations for LJ/SLJ October 1 Virtual Event “The Digital Shift”


If you have a compelling story to share about innovation in libraries—from new takes on curation and content creation, to great examples of collaboration and programs that enhance learning—we’d like to hear from you. But hurry, proposals are due by May 2.

ALA Responds to Rep. Paul Ryan’s Proposed Elimination of IMLS

Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) has urged cutting federal support for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In Ryan’s own state of Wisconsin, more than 65 percent of libraries report that they are the only free access point to Internet in their communities, stated American Library Asssociation president Barbara Stripling in her response to Ryan’s proposed budget, released April 1.

Findaway World Launches AudioEngine Audiobook Distribution Platform

Findaway World Launches AudioEngine Audiobook Distribution Platform

We mentioned Ohio-based Findaway World about one month ago on infoDOCKET when 3M announced that 40,000 audiobooks were now available to Cloud Library partners. Findaway World powers the 3M Cloud Library audiobook service. Now, Findaway World is announcing that their AudioEngine audiobook distribution platform (what 3M, MackinVia Follett, and Baker & Taylor already utilize) is […]

SLJ’s Average Book Prices 2014


The numbers you put to work every year are here. See the list of average book prices for 2013 and 2014 to date, produced in partnership with Baker & Taylor.

Launching a Dialogue About Sexual Violence in YA Lit—and in Real Life

karen jensen portrait

Librarian and “Teen Librarian Toolbox” website creator Karen Jensen is empowering librarians to talk about sexual violence (SV) in books, and more significantly, to help teens who’ve experienced SV themselves.

President Obama Requests $226,448,000 For Museum and Library Services

Libraries and Museums: President Releases FY 2015 Budget Request, Includes $226,448,000 For IMLS

President Obama’s 2015 budget request to Congress includes $226,448,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Libraries and Museums: President Releases FY 2015 Budget Request, Includes $226,448,000 For IMLS

UPDATE Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director of the American Library Association’s Washington Office, comments on the budget request in the District Dispatch post, “Federal library funding cut in proposed budget”. President Obama released his FY2015 budget request today (via FDsys). A mobile version of the document is also available at: Here’s some background about the $226,448,000 portion […]

Nashville’s Limitless Libraries Hopes to Merge School and Public Library ILS

Nashville’s Limitless Libraries Hopes to Merge School and Public Library ILS

Limitless Libraries, an ongoing partnership between Nashville Public Library (NPL) and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), is planning a move to a shared ILS system, and has requested funding for the transition from the office of Nashville’s mayor.

Kansas Boy Gets New Hand, Created at a Library Makerspace

Kansas Boy Gets New Hand, Created at a Library Makerspace

Nine-year-old Matthew is the owner of a brightly-colored prosthetic Robohand that was created in the MakerSpace of the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, KS.

New York Libraries Face Five Percent Cut


New York libraries are facing close to a five percent budget cut with just $81.6 million allocated in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive budget—down from the $85.62 million granted to libraries last year.

Recorded Books Acquired by Private Equity Firm

As you’ll read, Recorded Books owns other companies well-known to the library community including OneClick Digital, and is the distributor of Zinio to libraries. From the Announcement: Wasserstein & Co., LP  on behalf of its private equity fund Wasserstein Partners III, has acquired all of the assets of Recorded Books LLC one of the leading […]

Lemony Snicket Sponsors Prize for Librarians Facing Adversity

The Snicket Prize. Art by Seth.

ALA has approved the new Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity, proposed and funded by the “Series of Unfortunate Events” author himself, Daniel Handler.

OverDrive Announces Move to all MP3 Audiobooks

OverDrive, one of the major vendors of audiobooks to libraries, has announced that it will be moving away from the WMA format and making audiobooks for the library market available solely as MP3s.

Simon & Schuster Expanding Library Ebook Pilot, Full Catalog of S&S eBook Titles Now Available to Select Libraries Through OverDrive

Follett Offers Simon & Schuster Ebooks to Schools

UPDATE: 10am (Jan. 16, 2014): We’ve updated this post with some additional facts. You’ll find them at the bottom of this post.  From OverDrive and Simon & Schuster: Simon & Schuster and OverDrive today announced a pilot launch of the Simon & Schuster eBook catalog for select OverDrive partner public libraries in the United States. Simon & Schuster’s full catalog of eBook titles are available for […]

Texas Legislature Restores $7.5 Million in Public Library Funding


The Texas Legislature has voted to restore $7.5 million in public library funding, which amounts to about one quarter of the approximately $30 million in funding that was cut during 2011.

Reading a Novel Changes the Brain, Study Shows


Reading a novel appears to produce quantifiable changes in brain activity, according to an Emory University study published this month in the journal Brain Connectivity.

I Love My Librarian Award Recipients Honored at NYC Reception

Stripling Jamison Ellison

The Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times, and the American Library Association honored the 10 recipients of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award at a reception December 17 in New York City.

Bigger on the Inside: Brookline (MA) Public Library’s TARDIS “Awesome Box”


Patrons at the Public Library of Brookline (MA) have an engaging new way to learn about the most recommended items in circulation, thanks to teen librarian Robin Brenner: An “Awesome Box” in the shape of a half-size TARDIS, Doctor Who’s sentient spaceship.

Stockholm’s Tio Tretton Library Gives Tweens a Space of Their Own


At a tween-only library in Stockholm, the only patrons allowed are children between 10 and 13—a group that often feels too old for children’s sections but not yet ready for full-on YA experiences.

HarperCollins Celebrates Legacy of ‘Narnia’ Author C.S. Lewis


This fall, HarperCollins will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of C. S. Lewis with a worldwide campaign that celebrates his legacy. Kicking off the commemoration is the redesign of both and, and their expansion to offer C.S. Lewis ebooks.