“A $194,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund software development led by UIC for a free, easily accessible online portal to materials on Chicago history in at least 12 libraries and museums. The portal will allow one-click searching of materials at UIC, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Library, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, Newberry Library, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University and University of Chicago.” (via UIC News Center)
“Walk into Arlington Heights Memorial Library, whose renovations were completed this year, and you’ll see an expansive, open space. Several dividing walls have been removed. One section of the library, Marketplace, mimics a supermarket aisle, with 20,000 books, DVDs and music CDs. Books are divided by category — Cookbooks, Health, Jobs & Money and Trending — and shelved with covers, rather than spines, facing out.” (via Chicago Tribune)
“Three library systems in Illinois have received government grants to develop their collections with a focus on e-books and other innovative ideas. Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced the grants Tuesday in Chicago at the Illinois Library Association Conference. (via AP)
“The Morton Grove Library now requires its employees to be at least 17-years-old in order to screen movies. Library Director Pam Leffler announced the policy change on Sept. 19, when library trustees met for their monthly meeting. She also told trustees that the 16-year-old projectionist who was the center of controversy this summer is no longer working at the library, but declined to elaborate further for privacy reasons. Afterward, Leffler said trustees want the library to abide by Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) guidelines, even though they’re not law.” (via Morton Grove Champion)
“The Kids’ Right to Read Project and its allies sent a letter to the board of Glen Ellyn School District 41 in Illinios asking that they unban The Perks of Being a Wallflower in middle school classroom libraries. KRRP has been a major mover in the enthusiastic grassroots campaign to bring the book back.” (via NCAC)
“NIU Libraries has launched a pilot Open Access Fund that will provide small grants to faculty and graduate students to help defray the upfront costs associated with open access publishing. Grappling with the costs for expensive journal subscriptions, a number of universities nationwide, including Harvard and MIT, are promoting open access publishing. It provides unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed journal articles, thus broadening access to scholarly research.
The NIU Open Access Fund seeks to advance the use of open access as a means of distributing the research and creative work of the Northern Illinois University community.”
“Three of the nation’s 30 most bustling libraries nationwide operate in Chicago’s suburbs and have consistently earned a top five-star ranking based on quantity of services they provide, according to an annual survey by the New York-based Library Journal publication. The library systems in Arlington Heights, Schaumburg and Naperville since 2009 have boasted the largest circulations, numbers of patron visits, program attendance and public Internet computer use on a per-capita basis, according to the annual survey. Experts compared libraries whose operating budgets fell within the same range, which, at these facilities, ranged from $10 million to $29.9 million in 2012.”
via Chicago Tribune
AP – “Authors with Illinois ties can see themselves listed alongside some literary giants, thanks to an online database. The Illinois Authors Wiki lists authors from Abraham Lincoln to Gwendolyn Brooks to Studs Terkel. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White — who also serves as the state’s librarian — is encouraging writers to submit their names for possible listing on the site.”
Chicago Tribune – “A Gail Borden Public Library trustee has been banned from Elgin Community College, the third Elgin institution to oust him in recent months — including the library.
Randy Hopp, 59, also is facing unrelated misdemeanor domestic battery charges, but thus far has not heeded calls for his resignation.”