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Queens Library pledges accountability in budget hearing

3 hours agoNews : NY Daily News

The Queens Library, criticized for the free-spending ways of its former CEO, held its first public budget hearing Monday night.

Montgomery official apologizes for $58,000 public records fee

A senior Montgomery County official has apologized to a Wheaton neighborhood activist for a March 19 letter saying it would take three months and cost $58,407 to comply with a records request for information about a planned library and recreation center.Read full article >>

Public Libraries and Hispanics Pew Report Shows Library Gap Between U.S.-Born and Immigrants

The Pew Research Center’s latest report taken from its 2013 Library Services Survey focuses on Public Libraries and Hispanics, examining usage patterns and attitudes among the United States Hispanic population age 16 and older. While...Show More Summary

Sondheim will receive Sandburg Award

Stephen Sondheim will receive the Carl Sandburg Literary Award this year, a spokesman for the Chicago Public Library said on Monday.

Flexibility is Key: Innovations in Library Design

There’s no doubt about it: the way people use public libraries is changing, and the design world has come to reflect this shift. I am currently in the throes of renovating my library’s children’s room, and I was shocked upon beginning...Show More Summary


Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction 13th edition 2008 This reference book (and also database) is more commonly known as the Public Library Catalog, or the PLC. It lists titles that are considered “core” for the average public library nonfiction collection. I have opinions about it. Are you surprised? This can be a handy tool for […]

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, NV; Bobby Roberts retired as Director of the Central Arkansas Library System, and more people news from the March 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

NYPL celebrates William Meyers and his 'Outer Boroughs: New York Beyond Manhattan' photographs

3 days agoArts : Artdaily

The New York Public Library brings the outer boroughs to Manhattan beginning on March 27, with the opening of the new free photography exhibition William Meyers: Outer Boroughs at its landmark 42nd Street library. The show features 86...Show More Summary

Lacuna, A Public Art Installation and Free Library Made From 50,000 Books

3 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Lacuna is a public temple to books that is made from 50,000 books itself. The 80-foot diameter art installation acts as a free library by encouraging observers to participate by browsing and choosing free books that have been generously donated by the Internet Archive. Its design is from the Flux Foundation, a non-profit large-scale public […]

Why Starbucks and Libraries Need to Talk

However well-intentioned, the conversations about race didn't work out at Starbucks. But that doesn't mean that informal connections in public spaces can't take us to a more vibrant and diverse America. I see the potential every Tuesday...Show More Summary

Where Public Info Costs $58,000

4 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

Activists in a rich Maryland county requested details about a public library project that would benefit lower-income residents. They were told to cough up $58,000 for the public information.

Gallery: New Jersey’s Inaugural Makers Day Brings Out Thousands

Organizers of the inaugural New Jersey Makers Day say the numbers are still coming in, but they expect that they beat their original estimate of 5,000 attendees statewide. Over 350 people came to the Piscataway Public Library where I attended, and they seemed to be having a marvelous time. Show More Summary

Decaying Libraries, Crumbling Futures

Our city's public libraries, the frontlines in the war against inequality, are life-changing institutions that are frequently championed but surprisingly under-supported. Over a century ago our city took the pledge to maintain our neighborhood libraries. Show More Summary

Alexandria-Arlington news in brief

Arlington Reads to focus on race in AmericaArlington Reads, the Arlington Public Library’s annual community read, will focus this year on race in America, using the works of Jesmyn Ward and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.Read full article...

Newsstand: March 25, 2015

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Once again, it is time for the news: the Toronto Public Library ends its used-book buying program, Ontario craft breweries want their own retail store, and a mayoral summit with Premier Kathleen Wynne. After just four months, the Toronto...Show More Summary

The Library Is Open for the Philosopher-Queen 

As a master drag queen and host of the popular drag competition show RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul makes his living working on a stage. So it was striking to see Mother Ru begin her interview last Friday at the New York Public Library—part of the institution’s excellent LIVE from the NYPL series—on a note of awkwardness. Show More Summary

Fundraising ability key to winning Obama library

While Chicago has been engaged in a heated debate over the use of public parks for President Barack Obama's library, his selection of a host university may have more to do with which institution can offer the most financial support than which offers the best piece of land.

Up All Night at the Public Library

24/7 – what does that make you think of? 7-Eleven? Taco Bell? Las Vegas? How about your local public library? Back in my college days, our university library would stay open all night for a few weeks around the end of the semester. This was to allow students extra time to study for exams (remember cramming?) and complete their research assignments. Show More Summary

? Thoughts on Photos for Mac and iCloud Photo Library

I believe this product is only available as a Public Beta for which I am a tester. Despite my very limited use of beta-products, the OS X betas after the retail release have been very stable. I have only had 2-3 issues for which I filed RADARs on and those issues were fixed in a […]

New York Public Library to Break Ground on Expansion of Underground Storage at Iconic 42nd Street Building

From the NYPL: The New York Public Library breaks ground this week on a significant expansion of modern underground storage at its iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The project – approved by the Library’s Board of Trustees in September 2012 – will transform 55,700 square feet of raw space […]

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