Library Corner: 12-3-2015

Library corner imageHere is this week’s roundup of library news:

US Library News:

Nebraska: Can Fewer Books On The Shelf Improve Nebraska Libraries? (Net Nebraska)

Pennsyvania: County may absorb library system, give more money to member libraries (The Lancaster Online)

A Slippery Number: How Many Books Can Fit in the New York Public Library? (NYT)

MU library looks for new ways to improve after fee failed (The Maneater)

International Library News:

Luxembourg libraries roll out ebook rental service  (Wort)

Australia: New mobile library unit lands at Rockhampton Airport (The Morning Bulletin)

Policy and Privacy:

The Future Of Libraries Is Collaborative, Robotic, And Participatory (Fast Company)

Campus Libraries Rethink Focus as Materials Go Digital (Chronicle)

Google: No, We’re Not Snooping on Students With Our Chromebooks, Apps (ReCode)

Penguin Random House Announces New Ebook Terms of Sale for Libraries (Library Journal)

ALA Responds to Penguin Random House Ebook Licensing Announcement (American Libraries)

Japan librarians cry foul over leaked Murakami reading list (Yahoo)


Understanding the Turnitin/Wikipedia Collaboration (Plagiarism Today)

Reference and Statistics:

New Statistics Reveal a Variety of Characteristics About U.S. Families (

Digital map shows spread of KKK across United States like ‘a contagion’1915-40 (VCU)

New Research Hub Launches to Focus on Digital Asia (Harvard)

Digital Collections:

Free Images: National Library of New Zealand Adds More Than 3500 Hi-Resolution Images to Flickr Commons (Infodocket)

45,000 Works of Art from Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center Now Freely Viewable Online (Open Culture)

Educational Resources (Free): Oxford University Press Launches “Illuminating Shakespeare” Website (Infodocket)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life daily on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Banned Books Week 9-27-2015 to 10-3-2015

BBW-logoThis week  is Banned Books Week! This is an annual event where the book community celebrates the freedom to read and rallies against censorship. According to the event’s official website: 

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 311 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2014, and many more go unreported.

Many libraries and bookstore will be hosting events and showcasing special displays of books that have been challenged in the past. The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom defines a challenges as “a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.”

Some of the titles are surprising and include many well-loved classics. Both Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham were on this list from Encyclopedia Britannica. 

There are a number of resources available with information about books which have been banned. Infodocket has a list of resources here to start you out. You can also follow the topic on social media using the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek.

Ironically, so many of my personal favorites have been challenged at one time or another. I was thinking of re-reading Daniel Keyes classic, Flowers for Algernon.  What about you? Do you have a favorite banned book?

Library Corner 8-14-2015

Library corner imageNYPL and Library Simplified (The Digital Reader)

Increasing Accessibility with the MARC COCKTAIL (Smithsonian Libraries)

ALA releases new digital privacy guidelines (The Digital Reader)

Libraries Taskforce secures further funding to roll out free wifi in public libraries across England (Gov.UK)

Bexar County, Texas: New Bibliotech (All Digital Library) Opens in San Antonio Public Housing Project (Infodocket)

There’s a library-shaped hole in the Internet (Boston Globe)

E-libraries transform scholarship in Myanmar (SciDevNet)

A Library in the Palm of Your Hand: Mobile Services in Top 100 University Libraries (Infodocket)

With 10,699 books printed, Windsor library’s self-publishing machine is a hit (Windsor Star)

Digital Collections:

 Open Data: Basic Metadata for the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Collection Now Public Domain With CC0 License (Infodocket)

Brill Launches Major New Dictionary of Ancient Greek Online (Brill)

New Database: Three NGOs Launch Fishing Transparency Website Identifying 15,264 EU Vessels Authorised to Fish Outside the EU (Infodocket)

Trafficking in Persons Report 2015 (US State Department)

The British Library and National Library of Israel Announce Partnership to Digitize Hebrew Manuscripts (Infocdoket)

William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County goes online (Clarion Ledger)

New Online Database Provides Searches of Registered Designs in Israel (Infodocket)

Parker Library on the Web celebrates 10th Anniversary with a new service (Standford University Library)

Rare Elizebeth Gaskell manuscripts go digital for the first time (Infodocket)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life daily on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Library Corner 7-21-2015

Library corner imageOverDrive launches the first two public library digital collections in Japan (Overdrive)

The Real Value of $100 in Each State (Tax Foundation)

Taking a page from the New York Public Library’s approach to Instagram (Tech Republix)

Cornell University’s planned Ho Fine Arts Library will feature a technology-driven design that hopes to balance digital databases with the printed word (Metropolis Mag)

OverDrive Expands into Japan, But Why No Kobo Tie-in Yet? (The Ebook Reader)

Where are the books? Libraries under fire as they shift from print to digital (Washington Post)

ALA 2015: On E-books, Libraries Pushing For Options (Publishers Weekly)

Fifty Challenges Filed Against LGBTQ Children’s Books in Rural Texas County (CBLDF)

Rare Kafka manuscripts to go to Israel’s national library, court rules (Guardian)

The Open Library of Humanities Awarded Three-Year $774,000 Mellon Grant (Infodocket)

DHS Launches eFOIA App (DHS)

How To Guide: “Google Stores Your Voice Search History—Here’s How to Delete & Prevent It for Good” (Infodocket)

Digital Collections:

Reference: New Updates Available at the Interactive Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger (Infodocket)

NLM Digitizes Unique Early English Books, Allowing Free Online Access (NLM)

New From Boston Public Library: Rare Chronique Anonyme Universelle Manuscript Now Viewable Online (Infodocket)

National Library of Ireland Releases Digitized Collection of Catholic Parish Registers Dating Back to 1740 (Infodocket)

Bodleian Libraries invite scholars, teachers and the public to explore its digital collections on new online portal, Digital.Bodleian (University of Oxford)

Ransom Center Initiative Provides Free Access to More Than 22,000 Images of Collection Materials (Harry Ransom Center)

Reference: CDC Releases 2016 Edition of the Yellow Book (Health Information for International Travel) (Infodocket)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.