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E-books soar, traditional books sag in annual library statistics

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:51

Statistics provided by Sean B. Minkel, assistant director of Rapid City Public Libraries, show that the circulation of traditional books, audiobooks, magazines and DVDs was down 14.8 percent in 2014, compared with the circulation in 2013.

By contrast, the library system's circulation of electronic books (known as e-books) and other digital products rose by 34.3 percent in 2014.

Andreessens pair with H-P to send computers to Ferguson, Baltimore libraries

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:49

ublic libraries that provided a quiet refuge from civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore are about to receive a small bounty from Silicon Valley.

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and his wife, philanthropist and educator Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, have teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to donate nearly $170,000 worth of computers, printers and other equipment.

Baltimore Libraries Staying Open To Provide Community Support

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 04/28/2015 - 21:36

Baltimore schools are closed in light of the riots over Freddie Gray’s death, but not all public buildings are following suit. The city’s public libraries, even those in the middle of the protests, will remain open to provide a place of “comfort and community” to Baltimore residents.

Librarians Without Borders Heads to Guatemala for Fifth Consecutive Year

Submitted by LibrariansWith… on Tue, 04/28/2015 - 01:39

Since 2009 Librarians Without Borders (LWB) has partnered with the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy to support the Academy’s vision of building a sustainable library for the school and its community. This year marks not only the 10th anniversary of LWB, but it is also the fifth anniversary of their annual service trip to Guatemala.

When Google is Your Librarian & Starbucks Your Wifi, Do We Need Libraries?

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 04/24/2015 - 13:34

Book Review of the title Biblio Tech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google (nice title!!)…

In his new book, author John Palfrey, former head of Harvard Law School Libraries writes about the necessity of maintaining public libraries as one of the essentials of society.

State cuts could cause libraries to lose federal funding

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:29

The Department of Libraries is part of the Agency of Administration and is poised to receive a $2,275,682 appropriation from the state’s general fund for fiscal year 2016. In fiscal year 2015, the libraries were promised a $2,746,649 appropriation, but the actual figure fell because of budget rescissions.

From State cuts could cause libraries to lose federal funding - VTDigger