“San Francisco Public Library today announced public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital (hoopladigital.com). The announcement comes in the wake of National Library Week (April 13 – 19, 2014), a national observance, celebrating the contributions of libraries and librarians, while promoting library use and support.” (via SFPL News Releases)
“Saying Google Inc. is stealing business from online book retailers, the Authors Guild asked a federal appeals court Friday to reinstate its lawsuit contending that the Internet giant is violating copyright laws with its massive book digitization project. The Guild filed papers with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, saying that Google’s effort to create the world’s largest digital library was violating the rights of authors and stifling competition in the busy Internet book sales market. Google declined to comment on the Authors Guild’s effort to reverse a November ruling in favor of the Mountain View, Calif.-based company.” (via AP)
“Like many visitors in Seattle, Glenn Nagel found himself in the city trying to avoid the rain. After wandering around, he eventually made his way to the Seattle Public Library to escape the dreary weather. Little did he know that stepping into Seattle’s Central Library would spark his curiosity. The library’s geometric glass and steel interior with its sprawling “books spiral” grabbed ahold of him. “It’s just an incredible building,” he said, still remembering his awe during that 2013 trip. “I spent an hour and a half just taking pictures, and while doing that, I was getting the idea that I should visit other libraries.” (via CNN.com)
“The Multnomah County Library, with its mission to be a haven for everyone, for years has resisted following other urban libraries in ramping up security. But when windows at downtown Portland’s Central Library are broken twice in a single week, something has to change. That’s the story Central Library director Dave Ratliff told this week, when he asked the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners for permission to hire a safety and security manager for the library system. The new hire will help develop a set of security policies and procedures for all 19 library branches. Ratliff said the manager will focus on “preventing things from happening, rather than just responding after the fact.” (via OregonLive.com)
“The kids come in their PJ’s. They curl up with stuffed toys and munch on popcorn. And, while their parents are watching a grown-ups’ movie at the Granada Theater next door, youngsters at the Oxford, Nebraska, Public Library are enjoying a G-rated kid-friendly movie on their own big screen, helping the library fulfill its mission to be a vital, vibrant educational, entertainment and social hub of the community. “We’ve done movie night all winter. It has become very popular,” says library director Danielle Burns, who has, with her teen board, board of directors and “Friends of the Library,” created other new programs and activities that are keeping the public library in residents’ minds and hearts.” (via McCook Daily Gazette)
“The potty humor of “Captain Underpants” children’s books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison in “The Bluest Eye” would seem to have little in common. But among some parents, educators and other members of the general public who worry about what books are stocked at their local libraries, the works fall into the same category — they’re just too offensive and should be restricted or removed from the shelves. The American Library Association published its annual “State of the Libraries” report Sunday, which included its list of works most frequently “challenged” last year at schools and libraries.” (via AP)
“Following the recent high-profile controversy surrounding spending and oversight at Queens Borough Public Library, a group of elected officials gathered on the steps of Borough Hall last week to announce the introduction of legislation that they said would reform the library’s Board of Trustees and overall governance at one of the busiest library systems in the country. The move last Thursday came after reports that Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante made a six-figure salary while jobs were being outsourced. Additionally, reports have highlighted that expansive reconstruction projects were also being process around that time.
The embattled Galante, who earns nearly $400,000 annually, has also come under fire for part-time work he does with Long Island’s Elmont School District. There, he earns about $100,000 a year. (via The Forum Newsgroup)
“At Tuesday night’s public hearing on Prince William County’s fiscal 2015 budget, a parade of representatives of various county services, including firefighters, nurses and librarians, lined up to tell county supervisors why they need more money next year.A second line of residents formed to say that they didn’t want to pay higher taxes. The back-and-forth discussions have centered most recently on the county’s libraries, after other meetings that focused on schools and public safety.” (via The Washington Post)
“Workers are rushing to finish the reconstruction of the Sarajevo Library – a landmark destroyed during the Bosnian war – in time for the June ceremonies marking the centenary of the assassination that ignited World War I. The reconstruction has taken 18 years – nine times longer than the building’s original construction 120 years ago by the Austro-Hungarian Empire that ruled over Bosnia then and built it to be the City Hall. Later it was turned into the National Library.” (via The Associated Press)
“Technology might make some parts of libraries obsolete — but librarians won’t be among them, panelists contended at this week’s annual Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio, which drew 7,200 attendees. As the popularity of electronic books continues to rise, schools are emerging as a dynamic area of how libraries adjust, they said. Educators and administrators, struggling to figure out how much to spend on their campus libraries amid state funding cuts, have reduced library staff and pondered the potential savings of buying digital books over printed ones. But concerns that students will increasingly be left with a self-service method of accessing books and research materials stem from the realization that today’s students are more tech-saavy than their predecessors.” (via San Antonio Express-News)
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