Tag Archives: United States

UK library loans lag behind US, Australia

(10 Jul 2019) In the UK, library loans are lagging behind other countries, reports the Bookseller. According to new analysis by ex-Waterstones CEO Tim Coates, UK book loans have plummeted year-on-year since 2009–10, falling from 5.7 to 2.8 loans per person. Going further back, in 1996–97 the figure was 8.6 loans per person. In contrast, book loans […]


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Dozens of US libraries are boycotting audiobooks

(12 Jul 2019)  Over 50 libraries in the US are boycotting audiobooks published by Blackstone audio. This is because Blackstone is going to embargo most of their new release titles by 90 days. The libraries are just the first wave and hundreds of libraries are considering joining the boycott. More details of the boycott can […]


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World Intellectual Property Organization announces US membership in the Marrakesh Treaty

(8 February 2019)  The World Intellectual Property Organization today (February 8) has issued a statement from its headquarters in Geneva announcing that the United States has become the 50th member of the Marrakesh Treaty. And with that, as many as 550,000 accessible texts have become immediately available to visually impaired people in the countries that have signed the treaty. Read […]


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New toolkit guides libraries in enhancing their support of entrepreneurs

(19 December 2018, Washington, DC.) Public libraries are uniquely positioned to support individuals in pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams by offering free access to technology, meeting spaces, skills training, information and networking opportunities. However, there is no set model for how libraries can best leverage those assets, and there are opportunities for all libraries to elevate […]


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More changes in eBook lending for public libraries

(7 September 2018) In what the publisher called “good news” for libraries and their patrons, Penguin Random House has announced that as of October 1, 2018, the house is changing its e-book lending licenses for public libraries in the U.S. The shift moves access to book titles from a “perpetual access” model (where libraries pay […]


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See thousands of orchids in incredible detail in the Smithsonian’s newly digitized collection

(2 August 2018) More than 8,000 living specimens in the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection have been digitized and are now available to see and study from anywhere in the world. The Smithsonian’s Mass Digitization Program, in association with the National Collections Program, started photographing the plants in December 2017 and recently put the complete collection […]


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Reading books is on the decline

(14 July 2018) Michael Kozlowski writes that reading ebooks and print are on the decline and everyone involved in retail and the publishing industry are trying to figure out why. Are people simply not reading for pleasure anymore and consuming original Netflix content or listening to Spotify? What we do know is that between 2003 […]


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Strengthening Library Education: New report from IMLS

(5 July 2018)  Christine Wolff-Eisenberg writes that last November, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) convened experts to explore how to strengthen the formal education component of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant program to best support library and information science programs to meet the needs of students and libraries while increasing […]


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USTR Releases 2017 Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights

(3 July 2017, Washington, D.C.) The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released the 2017 “Special 301” Report, reviewing global developments on trade and intellectual property (IP) and identifying trading partners with harmful records on protection, enforcement, or market access for U.S. innovators and creators. The Report calls on U.S. trading partners […]


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ARL Annual Salary Survey 2015–2016 reports data on 13,827 staff in ARL libraries

(3 May 2017) The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2015–2016, which analyzes salary data for professional staff working in the 124 ARL member libraries during 2015–2016. Data are reported for 10,111 professional staff in the 114 university ARL libraries and for 3,716 professional staff in the 10 non-university […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 26: March Madness –The rankings of U.S universities and their sports

By Ruth A. Pagell* (28 April 2017) Who won the March Madness (NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship) in 2017?  Duke, Princeton, Bucknell or University of North Carolina? Who won the 2017 Women’s Basketball Championship? Stanford or University of South Carolina? Who is number one in U.S. universities based on student-focused metrics?  Stanford or Princeton? Sports fans […]


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Why Libraries Collaborate

Findings from the US Library Survey 2016 (19 April 2017) While academic libraries in the United States have actively collaborated with each other for more than 100 years, the digital turn has brought an explosion of interest in and pursuit of cross-institutional collaboration. These include large-scale digital access and preservation initiatives like HathiTrust, print preservation […]


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Digitized newspapers bring old Asia alive

It’s called Chronicling America, a website from the Library of Congress providing digitized searchable facsimiles of historic American newspapers. But it’s also a great source of historic news and reporting on Asia. Having recently passed the 8 million pages landmark, these antique newspapers covering the period 1836-1922, are full of news about Asia, perhaps more then […]


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How Americans value public libraries in their communities

(11 December 2013, Washington) Most Americans feel that public libraries have done a good job embracing new technology, but are split on whether libraries are as essential as they were in the past for finding information, says the Pew Research Center. In a larger sense, Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their […]


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Landmark steps to Liberate Open Data

(9 May 2013) President Obama signed an Executive Order directing historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth. The Executive Order declares that information is a valuable resource and strategic asset for the Nation. Under the terms of the Executive […]


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