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CILIP warns UK Sieghart review of “postcode lottery” in library services
March 24, 2014 | 3:50 pm

The UK's Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has just announced the completion of its submission to the panel chaired by "philanthropist, entrepreneur and publisher William Sieghart" tasked with producing an "independent report on England’s public library service." And the announcement warns that: "the current service is in England is becoming a 'postcode lottery' and a patchwork of provision is evolving depending on where you live." CILIP is obviously deeply concerned about the de facto retreat from established - and statutory - obligations for free and universal library services in the UK. "The government must identify a roadmap for...

Morning Roundup: Irish poetry crawl, Building a better Amazon Prime and more
March 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

irish poetry crawlSocial Media Editors in the Newsroom: What the Job is Really Like (Media Shift) Monday through Friday, Scott Kleinberg’s alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. The Chicago Tribune social media editor then begins combing the web for news and trends, catching up on anything that happened while he was sleeping. *** A Irish Poetry Crawl for St Patrick's Day (Book Riot) We’re taking you on a good old-fashioned Irish poetry crawl, but for this experience you won’t have to leave your chair or lift a pint—unless you want to go grab a Guinness and drink along. *** Have a Layover? Hit the Library (NY Times) The Free...

New UK public libraries report: Timely, or deliberate time-wasting?
February 10, 2014 | 12:41 pm

The UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport (headed by Ed Vaizey) and Department for Communities and Local Government have jointly commissioned "an independent report on the public library service in England," to be led by "philanthropist, entrepreneur and publisher William Sieghart." This is the same William Sieghart who led the fairly well-regarded previous report on UK ebook lending services, "An Independent Review of E-Lending in Public Libraries in England," in March 2013 - known up till now as the Sieghart report. But I guess there'll now be another report to bear that monicker. The questions for the new report to...

Library audiobooks to go DRM-free on Overdrive
January 24, 2014 | 12:19 pm

The mp3 audiobook market has been DRM-free for years, and at least part of the audiobook market is going to follow suit. OverDrive, the leading ebook and audiobook supplier for libraries and institutions, has announced that they're phasing out the WMA format audiobooks in favor of DRM-free mp3. Aside from minor vendors like Playaway, OverDrive effectively is the the library audiobook market so today's news is a big deal. Audiobooks in general, and Amazon/Audible in particular, are the last holdouts for DRM in audio. The mp3 music market is DRM-free, and there are even a couple audiobook retailers that have gone...

OverDrive’s impressive 2013 shows readers finding new outlets for e-books
January 17, 2014 | 12:33 pm

OverdriveData suggests that e-book sales are flat and slowing down. However, ask those working at publishing companies and they will politely tell you the pace hasn’t slowed down at all. At the Digital Book World Conference, several publishers including Sourcebook’s Dominique Raccha and Simon & Schuster’s Carolyn Reidy both agreed the rate of change is not slowing down even with the information that e-book sales have slowed. A big part of that may have to do with information released this week from OverDrive, a distributor of e-books, digital audiobooks, music and video to libraries. Consider this: it took 10 years for OverDrive to reach...

UK National Libraries Day makes Lesley Pearse official Ambassador
January 15, 2014 | 12:15 pm

In a welcome sign that the apparent anti-public libraries lobby in official UK circles are not having things all their own way, the British charity National Libraries Day has announced that Lesley Pearse is to be the first official Ambassador for National Libraries Day, which will take place on February 8th, at the end of "a week’s worth of events and activities in public, school, college, university, and workplace libraries celebrating their work promoting learning, literacy and the enjoyment of reading to all." Lesley Pearse, as her own official website states, "is one of the UK's best-loved novelists with fans across...

Weekend Roundup: Godwin’s Law is Alive on Bestseller Lists, Earn High School Diploma at the Library
January 12, 2014 | 11:06 am

godwin's lawHitler's Book Rising in Non-Fiction Charts (GoodeReader) Move over, ebook authors, there’s a new bestselling author to watch out for. The fact that he was evil and responsible for the slaughter of millions of people shouldn’t matter, right? *** As Sites and Services Become Aware, the Age of Pervasive Commerce Begins (GigaOM) Get ready for a “product aware” world in which wearables, location and machine learning blur the lines between online and real world commerce to deliver hyper targeted results. *** Earn a High School Diploma at the Los Angeles Public Library (GalleyCat) The Los Angeles Public Library has formed a partnership with a private digital learning...

BiblioTech bookless library in San Antonio proves very popular
January 3, 2014 | 6:41 pm

San Antonio seems to have a thing for bookless libraries. First, the University of Texas in San Antonio opened the nation’s first bookless library in 2010. Then a San Antonio judge had ambitions of opening the nation’s first bookless public library system last year. Turns out he was successful. Local NBC affiliate NBCDFW has an article on the library system, which has been in operation for four months now and may surpass 100,000 visitors by the end of its first year. Opened in a low-income neighborhood, the library full of iMacs, iPads, and e-readers helps bring literacy and the...

Lucky kids get ‘reading net’ in their parents’ in-home library
December 23, 2013 | 11:26 am

booknetYou know, this isn’t what they usually mean by “reading on the ‘net.” As if I didn’t have enough reasons to be jealous of a family that can afford to keep an in-home multistory library/reading room, such a family went and commissioned an interior design firm to figure out how to make reading in it more appealing to kids. So they spread out a great big hammock-like net to give the kids their own space to flop down and read their books. (More photos at the link.) Hey, forget kids, that would make reading more appealing to this 40-year-old...

Morning Roundup: EMI Retaining Copyright to Christmas Song, DC To Get a Sci-FI Museum and more
December 20, 2013 | 9:00 am

copyrightSanta Claus Is Coming To Town... And EMI Is Keeping The Copyright (Techdirt) Go ahead and sing whatever Christmas songs you like this seasons, but remember that thanks to the recording industry and Congress, you better not pout, you better just pay up your royalties in perpetuity, because the public domain is never coming to this town if they can help it. *** Museum of Science Fiction to Open in Washington DC (GalleyCat) A team of science fiction fanatics plan to establish a comprehensive science-fiction museum in Washington D.C. *** Nintendo 3DS Bookstore Now Live (The Digital Reader) Nintendo has been promising to launch an ebookstore for...

‘Stacks’ documents abandoned stacks of library books
December 12, 2013 | 4:10 pm

Fullscreen capture 12122013 40715 PM.bmpA photographer was walking through a library when he was struck by the peculiar juxtaposition of titles in a stack of books waiting to be reshelved: Two books about fighter aircraft and air superiority sandwiching Sex, Sexuality, and the Anthropologist. It, and a couple of other such stacks he found later on, tickled his fancy enough to cause him to begin haunting the library and taking pictures of abandoned stacks of books as an art project. He has over 800 of them by now. I must admit, this is one area where e-books tend to fall short. You’re not...

Queens library members can start borrowing tablets next week
November 15, 2013 | 4:52 pm

Nexus 7 People in Queens, N.Y. will be able to use tablets for free starting next week. Google donated 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets to the New York State Community Action Association, and Queens Library received 5,000 of those units. The library is going to lend the tablets to library card- customers starting Nov. 20. The tablets will be at seven Queens locations, and customers can borrow them for a month with the option of three renewals, according to InfoDocket. The tablets will come with pre-loaded content with educational information, resources for job searching, computer skills training, immigration and citizenship information and more. The tablets will...