Grand Forks Herald: Roosevelt library group reaches $100M fundraising goal behind Walton, Burgum donations

Grand Forks Herald: Roosevelt library group reaches $100M fundraising goal behind Walton, Burgum donations. “The group behind the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library feels its financial position is as strong as a bull moose. The project planned for Medora is one step closer to becoming a reality after the library foundation announced on Tuesday, Oct. 27, it has reached a goal of raising $100 million in private donations before the end of the year.”

Inside Higher Ed: A New Home Online for Closed College Libraries?

Inside Higher Ed: A New Home Online for Closed College Libraries?. “Selling parts of the collection wouldn’t net very much money — $3,000 for 3,500 books was Marygrove’s most likely offer, although it had a small chance of selling 32,000 books for $32,000. Buyers weren’t interested in many other media items like DVDs and microfilm, nor were they interested in journal volumes. Even if Marygrove was able to sell 32,000 of its books, librarians estimated it would need to recycle tens of thousands of remaining books and journal volumes, paying as much as $595,000. And that was before it paid to have remaining items that couldn’t be recycled packed and sent to a landfill.”

AL .com: Alabama’s libraries want to return post-pandemic world

AL .com: Alabama’s libraries want to return post-pandemic world. “Most Alabama librarians interviewed in the last few weeks believe they’ve made a way through the pandemic, but there’s a big exception. Birmingham’s library system, the state’s largest, furloughed 158 employees in September due to city budget cuts resulting from pandemic, but it did reopen the downtown Central Library Oct. 1.”

Strategies for integrating Open Access Resources (OAR) into libraries collections: A study (LIS Scholarship Archive Works)

LIS Scholarship Archive Works: Strategies for integrating Open Access Resources (OAR) into libraries collections: A study. “The study’s general purpose is to assist both management and collection development practitioners in adopting appropriate strategies for integrating OA materials into libraries’ collections. The study was designed to specifically examine the challenges to the integration of OAR into libraries’ collections and to explore relevant strategies for the integration.”

Internet Archive: Internet Archive Joins Project ReShare

Internet Archive: Internet Archive Joins Project ReShare. “The Internet Archive is the newest library to join Project ReShare, a group of organizations coming together to develop an open source resource sharing platform for libraries. The project was formed in 2018 in response to concern about market consolidation and the pace of innovation among vendors serving libraries. Rather than rely solely on commercial providers, members wanted to be able to set their own priorities.”

Connecticut State Library: Connecticut Public Libraries will receive $2.6M in Coronavirus Relief Funds

Connecticut State Library: Connecticut Public Libraries will receive $2.6M in Coronavirus Relief Funds. “Governor Ned Lamont announced that his administration is dedicating $2.6 million of Connecticut’s Coronavirus Relief Funds to support the state’s public libraries as they continue to make health and safety improvements and offer more services to residents amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

Wired: Publishers Worry as Ebooks Fly off Libraries’ Virtual Shelves

Wired: Publishers Worry as Ebooks Fly off Libraries’ Virtual Shelves. “After the pandemic closed many libraries’ physical branches this spring, checkouts of ebooks are up 52 percent from the same period last year, according to OverDrive, which partners with 50,000 libraries worldwide. Hoopla, another service that connects libraries to publishers, says 439 library systems in the US and Canada have joined since March, boosting its membership by 20 percent.”

Express-Tribune (Pakistan): Sindh to launch digital library on Thursday

Express-Tribune (Pakistan): Sindh to launch digital library on Thursday. “The Sindh culture department has developed a digital library based on interoperable system, through which readers will be able to access over 100 million books, research journals and articles sourced from libraries across the world. The library will be launched on Thursday and the initiative has been taken in line with Sindh High Court orders.” Sindh is a province in Pakistan.

National Geographic: How libraries are writing a new chapter during the pandemic

National Geographic: How libraries are writing a new chapter during the pandemic. “AMERICANS’ LOVE AFFAIR with libraries has only grown during the pandemic—and so has their book borrowing. According to OverDrive, which libraries use to loan out digital material, weekly e-book lending across the United States has increased nearly 50 percent since March 9, even as some libraries remain physically closed. Libraries today not only provide free access to books, they also serve as contemporary community centers with shelter from the elements, accessible loos, and—usually—free Wi-Fi.”

VTDigger: How libraries across Vermont are continuing to serve people despite a pandemic

VTDigger: How libraries across Vermont are continuing to serve people despite a pandemic. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, Vermont’s public libraries have figured out how to serve their communities despite mandatory closings and limitations. Initially, like every institution in Vermont, libraries across the state shut down in early March to help combat Covid-19. But in mid-April, libraries found ways to reach people — through curbside services and expanded digital resources. In the months since, the individuality of each of Vermont’s libraries has shone through.”

National libraries have potential to play crucial role in promoting interaction between nations: Al Kuwari (The Peninsula)

The Peninsula: National libraries have potential to play crucial role in promoting interaction between nations: Al Kuwari. “National libraries have the potential to play a crucial role in promoting constructive interaction and sharing knowledge between nations, said H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, Minister of State and President of Qatar National Library, while speaking at a virtual forum recently. Qatar National Library and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) held the forum on ‘Cultural Diplomacy: The Role of National Libraries in Developing Nations,’ and brought together government leaders, foreign ministers, high commissioners and independent policy advisers.”

Phys .org: Library pandemic restrictions showcase the importance of digital collections and the advantages of open access

Phys .org: Library pandemic restrictions showcase the importance of digital collections and the advantages of open access. “While registering more than 4.6 million downloads of its Open Access publications in 2019, the Australian National University (ANU) Press has experienced an average 44% increase in its monthly download numbers from March 2020, as COVID-19 lockdowns have become enforced around the world. Similarly, in May 2020, the Natural History Museum (NHM) in the United Kingdom (UK) has registered a staggering increase in individual record and dataset downloads of 52% and 38% respectively, which amounted, in absolute terms, to 379.69 millions records and 7,328 datasets in this period alone.”

Washington Post: Librarians alarmed about coronavirus safety at D.C.’s reopened public libraries

Washington Post: Librarians alarmed about coronavirus safety at D.C.’s reopened public libraries. “When the District’s public libraries began gradually reopening in late May, many residents rushed to check out books for the first time in six weeks. By mid-July, the library was opening its doors for six hours a day, five days a week, for patrons who could come inside to borrow items and spend time using public computers at 14 locations. But librarians say the reopening has been poorly handled, exposing both staff members and the public to potential coronavirus risks. They also say library managers have kept staff in the dark about colleagues who come down with the virus and have struggled with cleaning protocols and mask requirements.”

Crux: New Vatican Library website aims to serve scholars, entice curious

Crux: New Vatican Library website aims to serve scholars, entice curious. “The Vatican Library has revamped its website to serve scholars better and facilitate navigation for the curious…. Some of the new features, [Msgr. Cesare Pasini] said, include more powerful and expanded search functions, and registered researchers can now easily ask staff questions and order digital reproductions of manuscripts, texts and other materials from the libraries collections.”