Queens Library Board votes not to suspend big-spending director Thomas Galante

“The luxury-loving director of the Queens Library survived a vote to suspend him Thursday. Following a five-hour meeting, much of it behind closed doors, the library’s board voted 9-9 not to force director Thomas Galante to take a leave of absence. The tie meant the motion to suspend did not carry. One board member, Terri Mangino, arrived from Florida at the last minute to cast her vote, said a source with knowledge of the proceedings. “They waited for her to fly in because they knew she would vote to keep Tom,” the source said. “They knew she would tie it up.” (via NY Daily News)

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Myth About Harvard Book Made of Human Skin Debunked

“Science: 1, Internet: 0. For one reason or another—perhaps it was the flashy headline, or the gruesome mysterious details—a nearly decade-old story published by the Harvard Crimsonabout a collection of books at the university’s library, that are allegedly bound in human skin, crawled to the surface of the Internet this week.” (via Boston Magazine)

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DCMS re-appoints Baroness Blackstone as Chairman of the British Library

“The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Rt. Hon Maria Miller MP, has re-appointed Baroness Blackstone as Chairman of the British Library for a further four year term. Tessa Blackstone has served as British Library Chairman since September 2010. Key achievements during her first term of appointment include: the recruitment of Roly Keating as CEO in 2012; a £8.8m partnership with the Qatar Foundation; the incorporation of the Public Lending Right into the Library; the move of the Library’s newspaper collection to Boston Spa and construction of the Newspaper Storage Building; the implementation of non-print legal deposit legislation and a successful and stimulating public exhibition programme.” (via British Library)

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ScienceDirect Content Now Available to MyScienceWork Users

“Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has announced its collaboration with scientific social network MyScienceWork on a pilot initiative to enable researchers to easily share and discover over 11 million articles through MyScienceWork. The pilot will allow MyScienceWork users to read, annotate and share articles from ScienceDirect within the MyScienceWork interface among each other. The articles on MyScienceWork will be presented the same way as users find them on ScienceDirect: full text published articles will be available to those affiliated with ScienceDirect subscribers and Open Access articles will be available to all.” (via Elsevier)

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DPLA Announces $594,000 in New Funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Research and Pursue Sustainability Model

“The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today $594,000 in new funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to research potential sustainability models and to pursue the most promising option (or options). This two-year grant will allow DPLA to expand its staff to target opportunities for further development and revenue, without compromising its mission of open access to the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums.” (via Digital Public Library of America)

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The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Acquires Collections of George Avakian and Anahid Ajemian

“The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has acquired the archives of George Avakian and Anahid Ajemian, the husband and wife whose remarkable careers each helped shape the music industry, as well as produce and record some of its greatest stars. The Avakian Collection will provide the most complete documentation of the work of a 20th century recording executive, whose career with Columbia Records and other labels encompasses a golden age of recorded jazz, popular and classical music. The Ajemian Collection offers access to one of the foremost violin and piano duos of its time, which commissioned, premiered and recorded works by some of the most prominent classical composers of the 20th century. Together, their collections form an extraordinary resource for the study of jazz, popular and modern classical music, the recording industry, and more.” (via The New York Public Library)

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Cengage Learning Emerges From Chapter 11; Completes Financial Restructuring

“Cengage Learning, Inc., a leading global educational content, technology and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets, announced today that it has emerged from Chapter 11, having completed its financial restructuring. “We have used the restructuring process to significantly reduce debt and associated costs, and substantially improve our capital structure while continuing to meet the educational and research needs of our customers and end-users,” said Michael Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of Cengage Learning. “I am pleased to say that today we are well positioned in the global marketplace to deliver the best content, digital solutions and personalized services in education and research.” (via Cengage Learning)

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Library Stuff RSS Feed – RIP

After more than 10 years of providing an RSS feed for this blog, I have decided to turn it off. RSS hasn’t been used in a very long time and, let’s face it, it’s a very clunky technology. For those that have been reading my blog via RSS, please remember to bookmark it and place it in your “daily reads” folder.

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Thomas Galante should take leave of absence says Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

“Embattled Queens Library boss Thomas Galante should take a leave and stay out of circulation while the latest chapter of his spending and payment scandal plays out, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said Monday. Katz sent sharply worded letters to both Galante and the library’s board of trustees, calling for the board to formally suspend him at their meeting set for Thursday. She said faith in library leadership has been dangerously undermined by recent revelations involving Galante, and the “thousands of children, adults and seniors” who rely on the $120 million-a-year Queens Library system are at risk.” (via NY Daily News)

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Liberal arts college library directors ask publishers to ease ebook licensing restrictions

“Library directors at 66 liberal arts colleges on Friday called for academic libraries to reject licensing agreements with publishers that impose restrictions on how ebooks can be accessed and shared. In a statement released by the Oberlin Group, a consortium of 80 liberal arts college libraries, the directors point to the “ecosystem of sharing” that academic libraries at small colleges depend on to plug gaps in the resources they offer — services such as interlibrary loans, for example.” (via Inside Higher Ed)

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