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British Politician Claims Prisoners Have Better Libraries Than the Public

35440.jpgUK Parliament member Philip Davies is claiming that British prisoners have a better reading selection than public library patrons.

In an address to the House of Commons, Davies explained his reasoning. The Telegraph has more:

Mr Davies said: “In a recent Parliamentary Question it was confirmed that £106 per prisoner is spent on libraries in prison. From a recent Freedom of Information request I did, I found out that in Leeds prison there are ten-and-a-half books per prisoner. In Wakefield prison there are 16.9 books per prisoner.

“By contrast, in the libraries in my constituency for the general public, there is only about one book per person. Would the Secretary of State agree with me that rather than prisoners being denied reading material, actually they are far better served than the general public?” Read more

Long Live the American Library: INFOGRAPHIC

BritishLibraryInterior02Fun fact: Did you know that there are more libraries in America than there are McDonald’s restaurants?

We didn’t either, but thanks to this nifty infographic from H&R Block (of all places… but thanks for the share, ElectricLit), we now do.

What else do we learn? Well there’s the fun fact that Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In led other fiction and non-fiction titles for the most checked-out books of 2013, and that “every year, Americans spend nearly three times as much on candy as they do on public libraries.” Read more

Florida University Opens ‘Bookless’ Library

floridapolytechniclibraryThe Florida Polytechnic University has opened its doors for the semester with a new library, but the library doesn’t have any print books.

Instead, the new space designed by modernist Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, features a collection of 135,000 eBooks.

The Guardian has more: “‘Our on-campus library is entirely digital,’ said director oflibraries Kathryn Miller. ‘We have access to print books through the state university system’s interlibrary loan program.  However, we strongly encourage our students to read and work with information digitally.’”

Napa Libraries Close Today as Librarians Reshelve Books After Earthquake

napalibraryLibraries across Napa County, CA will be closed today as librarians work to put their collections back together after this weekend’s earthquake.

The 6.0 magnitude earthquake knocked books from the shelves, leaving the library in a shambles. The organization revealed the closures on Facebook yesterday sharing the photo on the right.

“We hope you and your families are safe and well,” read the post. “All Napa County Libraries will be closed tomorrow while we put ourselves back together. I think we have some shelving work ahead of us. Wouldn’t you agree?” Many patrons commented on the Facebook post volunteering to help clean up.

New York is Getting a Floating Library

lilacNew York City is home to many amazing libraries and this fall the city is getting another. The Floating Library is a pop-up library that will open on the Lilac Museum Steamship at Pier 25 on the Hudson River.

Artist Beatrice Glow has curated the collection, which is made up of books focused on the arts. The boat will be docked from September 6-October 3, 2014 and will include reading and exhibition space.

Here is more about the project from the website:

The ship’s main deck will be transformed into an outdoor reading lounge to offer library visitors a range of reading materials from underrepresented authors, artist books, poetry, manifestoes, as well as book collection, that, at the end of the lifecycle of the project, will be donated to local high school students with demonstrated need. Ongoing art installations include a Listening Room that will feature new works by six sound artists in response to literature, site-specific paper rope swings, The Line, by Amanda Thackray, andLeading Lights by Katarina Jerinic in the Pilot House. Read more

New Management Could Threaten World’s Largest Sci-Fi Library

eaton_logoScience fiction author Nalo Hopkinson has raised concerns that new management at the Eaton Science Fiction Collection – the world’s largest public science fiction and fantasy library in the world housed at the University of California Riverside- could threaten the institution.

Hopkinson, who teaches at the university, wrote a blog post this week claiming that  new management at the library has plans to drastically reduce the collection size. Check it out:

Since spring of this year, their accomplishments have included driving out staff members and pushing changes to collection policies that would reduce the Eaton’s holdings, its value to researchers and as a repository of our community’s history, and its standing as a world-class archive. Meetings with the staff of the Eaton have been productive, collegial gatherings. Meetings to negotiate with the new library administration, not so much. It’s putting the faculty of the research cluster in the alarming position of having to protect the very collection we’re charged with fostering. We’re dealing with the new library admins’ efforts to split up the collection and change priorities for what to collect (eg, e-text over print) without consulting scholars in the field, and with what we’d characterize as harassment of staff, who’ve demonstrated extreme competence over the years. (Via Sciencefiction.com)

NYPL Installs an Outdoor Reading Room

NYPL Outdoor Reading RoomThe New York Public Library has installed an outdoor reading room on the Fifth Avenue Plaza at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

According to the NYPL blog, visitors can enjoy this summer time retreat until August 15th. It will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Mondays through Saturdays.

Patrons who snap selfies are encouraged to use the #ireadeverywhere hashtag on social media. What do you think? (via The Gothamist)

OverDrive Adds EPUB3 Support, Making It Easier to Read Highly Illustrated Files

overdrive304OverDrive, the largest digital eBook distribution platform for libraries, is now supporting EPUB3 fixed-layout files.

This means that the platform will now be able to properly display highly-illustrated eBooks including such titles as Ancient Rome and Star Wars Jedi Battles, as well as the children’s titles Corduroy and Armadilly Chili.

“OverDrive further extends our leadership with open industry standards utilizing HTML5 along with EPUB3 to open the door to a new world of content for our library and school partners,” stated Alexis Petric-Black, Manager of Publisher Account Services at OverDrive. “The materials and solutions OverDrive partners invest in have long-term compatibility due to this use of open industry standards.”

ALA Files Comments Supporting Net Neutrality

ALA304The American Library Association (ALA) is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt network neutrality rules necessary in order to support the mission of libraries.

“Network neutrality strikes at the heart of library core values of intellectual freedom and equitable access to information,” stated Courtney Young, president of the ALA. “We are extremely concerned that broadband Internet access providers currently have the opportunity and financial incentive to degrade Internet service or discriminate against certain content, services and applications.”

 

The ALA has joined with 10 other national higher education and library organizations to file joint public comments with the FCC, as part of the government agency’s public comment period on the debate. The period to comment ended on Friday, and the FCC reported receiving more than a million comments. Read more

NYPL to Host a ‘Sesame Street’-Themed Multimedia Exhibit

Sesame StreetThe New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will host a Sesame Street-themed exhibition called “Somebody Come and Play.”

This multimedia exhibit was organized to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the show and celebrate its 45 years of great success. It will run from September 18, 2014 through January 31, 2015. Visitors will not be charged an admissions fee.

According to the press release, this art show “will feature items from the archives of Sesame Workshop and The Library for the Performing Arts including scripts, storyboards, lead sheets, designs, photographs, animation cels, scores and more. Snuffy and Super Grover will be on display in a child-friendly area where children can enjoy Sesame Street books, games, apps and e-books. Visitors will also learn about Sesame Street international programs and view Muppets from other countries.”

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