OCLC: OCLC to convene a diverse group to ‘Reimagine Descriptive Workflows’ in libraries, archives

OCLC: OCLC to convene a diverse group to ‘Reimagine Descriptive Workflows’ in libraries, archives. “OCLC has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to convene a diverse group of experts, practitioners, and community members to determine ways to improve descriptive practices, tools, infrastructure and workflows in libraries and archives. The multi-day virtual convening is part of an eight-month project, Reimagine Descriptive Workflows.”

Hunting for books in the ruins: how Syria’s rebel librarians found hope (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Hunting for books in the ruins: how Syria’s rebel librarians found hope. “These young Syrians cohabited with death night and day. Most of them had already lost everything – their homes, their friends, their parents. Amid the chaos, they clung to books as if to life, hoping for a better tomorrow, for a better political system. Driven by their thirst for culture, they were quietly developing an idea of what democracy should be. An idea that challenged the regime’s tyranny and Islamic State’s book burners.”

Washington Post: Want to borrow that e-book from the library? Sorry, Amazon won’t let you.

Washington Post: Want to borrow that e-book from the library? Sorry, Amazon won’t let you.. “You probably think of Amazon as the largest online bookstore. Amazon helped make e-books popular with the Kindle, now the dominant e-reader…. Amazon is a beast with many tentacles: It’s got the store, the reading devices and, increasingly, the words that go on them. Librarians have been no match for the beast. When authors sign up with a publisher, it decides how to distribute their work. With other big publishers, selling e-books and audiobooks to libraries is part of the mix — that’s why you’re able to digitally check out bestsellers like Barack Obama’s ‘A Promised Land.’ Amazon is the only big publisher that flat-out blocks library digital collections. Search your local library’s website, and you won’t find recent e-books by Amazon authors Kaling, Dean Koontz or Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Nor will you find downloadable […]

Telengana Today: Mammoth digitisation drive at TS Central Library

Telengana Today (India): Mammoth digitisation drive at TS Central Library. “Established in 1891, the State Central Library also known as Asafia Library is one of the biggest public libraries in the country with a collection of over 5 lakh books, newspapers and other periodicals. Over the last two decades, the digital library staff has scanned and digitised 45,704 books and now are in plans of making that digitised collection available online at a nominal cost.”

Mail Tribune: Libraries to debut original animated series

Mail Tribune: Libraries to debut original animated series. “Ryan Bradley, marketing coordinator for Jackson County Library Services, has spent months leading development on an original animated series where that happens to the main characters — literally. And soon anyone with an internet connection will be able to watch it. The series, aptly titled “Lost in a Book,” concerns Daisy and Zak, two kids who get sucked into a book while visiting the library, resulting in an adventure through multiple genres, characters and stories as they try to make their way home.”

Internet Archive: Bay State College ‘Flips to Digital’ by Donating Entire College Library to the Internet Archive

Internet Archive: Bay State College ‘Flips to Digital’ by Donating Entire College Library to the Internet Archive. “Bay State College’s Boston Campus has donated its entire undergraduate library to the Internet Archive so that the digital library can preserve and scan the books, while allowing Bay State to gain much needed open space for student collaboration. By donating and scanning its 11,000-volume collection centered on fashion, criminal justice, allied health, and business books, Bay State’s Boston campus decided to ‘flip entirely to digital.’”

Colorado Virtual Libraries: Touring Colorado’s Collections: University of Colorado Boulder University Libraries Joins the DPLA

Colorado Virtual Libraries: Touring Colorado’s Collections: University of Colorado Boulder University Libraries Joins the DPLA. “The University of Colorado Boulder University Libraries recently joined the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC), the Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of American (DPLA). The CUB Libraries shared over 43,600 historic collection items with the DPLA. While this is only a portion of their vast online collection there are numerous noteworthy collections that will be of great interest to researchers of historic collections.”

Internet Archive: Library Futures: New Nonprofit Launches to Support a Technology-Positive Future for Libraries

Internet Archive: Library Futures: New Nonprofit Launches to Support a Technology-Positive Future for Libraries. “A coalition of advocacy and public interest groups has joined forces to launch the Library Futures Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) committed to upholding the right of libraries to provide users with materials in the new digital environment. The new organization launched its website on January 25 and will work to empower libraries to fulfill their mission of providing equal and equitable access to culture for the public good.”

NARA: National Archives Launches Trump Presidential Library Website

NARA: National Archives Launches Trump Presidential Library Website. “The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) today launched the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library website, which provides information on archived White House websites and social media accounts, as well as information on access to the records of the Trump Administration. Under the Presidential Records Act, the National Archives receives all records of the Trump Administration, which will be preserved in NARA facilities in the Washington, DC, area, and access to those records will be provided through the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library, controlled and administered by the National Archives.”

Gotham Gazette: How New York City’s Public Libraries Adapted to COVID-19

Gotham Gazette: How New York City’s Public Libraries Adapted to COVID-19. “Last month, the New York City Council’s Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries held an oversight hearing on the city’s public libraries and COVID-19. The committee, chaired by Queens Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, heard testimony from Anthony Marx, the President, and CEO of New York Public Library, which is the system for Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island; President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library Linda Johnson; and President and CEO of Queens Public Library Dennis Walcott. The discussion touched on library funding and finances, and how libraries have adjusted during the pandemic, which shut their buildings down for months earlier this year and continues to significantly impact their operations.”

Publishers Weekly: Amazon Publishing in Talks to Offer E-books to Public Libraries

Publishers Weekly: Amazon Publishing in Talks to Offer E-books to Public Libraries. “In what came as a surprise to many librarians and industry observers, a report in The Hill this week revealed that the nonprofit Digital Public Library of America has been in discussions with Amazon Publishing on a potential a deal to make Amazon’s e-book content available in public libraries. And in a call with PW, DPLA officials confirmed that a deal could be done soon.”

Chicago Tribune: From food pantries to parking lot Wi-Fi, public libraries evolve during COVID-19 pandemic

Chicago Tribune: From food pantries to parking lot Wi-Fi, public libraries evolve during COVID-19 pandemic. “When Illinois’ latest COVID-19 mitigation rules went into effect recently, public venues from casinos to museums were ordered to shut down as the virus continues its ruthless spread. One notable exception, though, was public libraries. The decision on whether to stay open remained with them, and while many have concluded that the risk is too high, others say they’re going to stick it out, and not just for the book lending.”

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Virtual Mental Health First Aid Training available free of charge for Texas public library workers

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Virtual Mental Health First Aid Training available free of charge for Texas public library workers. “Thanks to a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center (Hill Country MHDD), in partnership with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, is offering free online classes in Adult and Youth (Adults Assisting Youth) Mental Health First Aid for the next five months for Texas public library workers, Texas public library board members, and Texas public library volunteers.”

Atlas Obscura: How German Librarians Finally Caught an Elusive Book Thief

Atlas Obscura: How German Librarians Finally Caught an Elusive Book Thief. “On the afternoon of February 21, 2006, Norbert Schild sat down at a desk in the reading room of the City Library of Trier, in western Germany, and opened a 400-year-old book on European geography. Working quickly, Schild laid a piece of blank white paper on top of the book, took a boxcutter from his lap, and discreetly sliced out a map of Alsace from pages 375 and 376.”