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Gates Foundation Grants OCLC $5M To Boost Library Support

Posted by bronwynr on April 18, 2009

The Gates Foundation has awarded OCLC a $5 million grant to develop a public information campaign to improve library support. » » »


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Green proposes library funding plan

Posted by bronwynr on April 2, 2009

City Councilman Bill Green, fresh off a successful court challenge to Mayor Nutter’s attempt to close 11 library branches, now wants to take away the mayor’s ability to slash the library budget at all.

Green introduced in Council yesterday a bill to guarantee a funding stream for the Free Library system. The councilman – a constant thorn in Nutter’s side – introduced a resolution that would carve 3.1 mills out of the city property tax to be dedicated to libraries.

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Tough times present unprecedented opportunities

Posted by bronwynr on March 5, 2009


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” Yes, it’s a tired cliché, but when it comes to today’s libraries—both school and public—it’s like that ABBA song I hear on the way to work. I just can’t get it out of my head.

You certainly don’t need me to explain what’s lousy—and scary—about the world nowadays. Just click on any news organization’s Web site. For librarians, the key question is how much is the economic recession going to affect their collections and services? What are they going to have to jettison—and what should they struggle to save?

Yet, there’s much that’s good about these times.

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Funding for libraries

Posted by bronwynr on February 23, 2009


From School Library Journal: The recently passed federal stimulus package contains new funding opportunities for school and public libraries.

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The Global Economic Crisis and Its Effect on Publishing and Library Subscriptions

Posted by bronwynr on February 21, 2009

ARL Issues Statement to Scholarly Publishers and Vendors

Washington DC—The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released a statement on the current global economic crisis and its effect on publishing and library subscriptions.

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Free Conference registration opportunity from ARK and ALIA – don’t miss out

Posted by bronwynr on February 1, 2009

Adopting Robust Strategies for Digital Preservation.
Harnessing measures to ensure longevity of electronic resources within the public sector

Organisations are investing increasing amounts of time and resources into digitally preserving information and material for future reference. However, many do not fully understand the potential risks associated with the long-term preservation and retrieval or how to proactively address these issues now for future risk mitigation.

This two-day conference will examine these pressing digital preservation issues so that you can return to your office armed with strategies and techniques to implement in your organisation. Come prepared to discuss your personal challenges, and get involved in sharing ideas with the presenters and other attendees.

Apply now FREE conference registration valued at over $2000. Click here for application form
Date: 6-8 April 2009 Location: Sydney, Australia

Presented by ARK

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Teens Help Convince MA Voters to Save Libraries

Posted by bronwynr on November 7, 2008

 A bunch of teens from Milford, MA, may have been too young to vote in Tuesday’s election, but their efforts to save their state’s public libraries have paid off big-time.

These teens and other library supporters around the state embarked on a massive campaign to get voters to reject a ballot proposal—and it worked. Some 70 percent of Massachusetts residents shot down a referendum to eliminate the state income tax, a move that would have had dire consequences for public libraries. more » » » 

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Apply Now for the 2009 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant

Posted by bronwynr on October 22, 2008

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA) is offering the Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Research Grant for 2009.  This grant of $1000 provides seed money for small-scale projects that will encourage research that responds to the YALSA Research Agenda. more » » » 

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