Ten Stories That Shaped 2015
It's that time of year again! Here's our thirteenth annual rundown of notable library stories from the last twelve months.
10. Go Set a Watchman Raises Eyebrows
9. Open Source Textbooks Gain Momentum
8. Scandals from Coast to Coast
In June, the head of the Boston Public Library resigned over missing rare prints that were later found. In May, the New Orleans Public Library was investigated for diverting funds to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. In January, an archivist at the University of Oregon was fired over an unlawful records release.
7. Yet Another Google Books Judgment
Although the case can still be appealed, a decade-old lawsuit against the Google Book project by the Authors Guild reached another milestone when the Court of Appeals ruled that the project did not violate copyright law.
6. Elsevier Journal Board Quits
5. Vendor Merges Aplenty
4. RIP Another MetaphorOCLC printed its last catalog card on October first.
3. 3D Printing Inches Towards Mainstream
2. Billington Resigns
This year saw the end of Reagan-appointed James Billington's tenure as the head of the Library of Congress. The retirement of the non-librarian who did not use e-mail brought many discussions about what is needed in his replacement at the nation's library.
1. Je suis Charlie
Although not directly a library story, the murder of twelve people at the French magazine's Paris office by Muslim terrorists had a measurable impact on our profession.
What was your favorite story of 2015?