Submitted by Blake on February 19, 2014 - 4:52pm
Submitted by birdie on February 11, 2014 - 9:46am
Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens) said spendthrift Thomas Galante’s undisclosed side gig — which paid $287,100 in less than two years — as a business consultant to a Long Island school district was the last straw. Galante also spent $140,000 in library funds on renovations to his executive offices. ‘I urge you to consider the interests of the library and its patrons and resign,’ Avella wrote.
The excessive spending was previously reported on LISNews .
Last year, Queens Library President Thomas Galante was paid more than the mayor or the MTA chairman, and spent $140,000 to renovate his offices at the Central Library. Meanwhile, Galante eliminated nearly 130 library jobs through layoffs and attrition over the past five years.
Story from The NY Daily News.
Submitted by Blake on January 27, 2014 - 6:53am
Submitted by birdie on January 22, 2014 - 3:12pm
Submitted by birdie on December 17, 2013 - 7:05pm
Yesterday here in New York City, the Library Lovers League protested changes at the New York Public Library, specifically speaking out against a proposal that would move many items in the New York Public Library collection to a storage unit in New Jersey.
Bibliophiles who took part in this “street theater flash mob” wore sandwich signs featuring book covers in front of the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
Follow this link to view a news clip from Pix 11 .
Submitted by StephenK on November 27, 2013 - 2:07pm
The Star Beacon reports that embattled Ashtabula County District Library will keep its levy win in northeast Ohio. The margin of victory, the difference between votes in favor and votes against, moved from what was previously discussed in LISTen #261 of being only 60 votes to being 94 votes. This will be the first recent locally-derived tax money to fund library operations in lieu of Ohio's state-administered Libraries & Local Government Fund.
Submitted by StephenK on November 7, 2013 - 10:39am
Submitted by StephenK on August 5, 2013 - 4:46pm
Unexpected breaking news on a late Monday afternoon right before markets close in New York City:
Submitted by Blake on July 29, 2013 - 10:23am
Amazon appears to have slashed the prices of its books, thanks to an Overstock.com promo in which it priced all of its books at least 10 percent below Amazon.
The aggressive pricing strategy has been enough to see Bezos & Co. cut the prices of hardcover book by between 50 percent and 65 percent compared to the usual cover price. Those kinds of discounts have never been seen on Amazon before; typically, it knocks around 40 to 50 percent off as a maximum.
Submitted by Blake on May 24, 2013 - 10:04am
Submitted by Blake on May 2, 2013 - 7:08am
Help the Northlake Public Library get a 9-foot-tall Incredible Hulk statue, graphic novels and a creation station featuring:
•iMac with a drawing pad
•Cintiq interactive pen display
•Artograph Light Tracer Elite
Libraries are constantly changing and evolving beyond just a place to do school work and use the internet. Today’s libraries are celebrating creativity, entertainment and life long learning, and they are doing it with technology and popular materials including graphic novels. The problem is that many people still think of libraries in the old way. We want to smash that stuffy reputation with a 9 foot tall Incredible Hulk Statue.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 17, 2013 - 10:11am
Since Kickstarter launched in 2009, everyone from indie bands to technology developers to non-profit organizations has asked themselves, “Will crowdfunding work for me?” Libraries, which often turn to more civic-minded crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo and Fundly, are no exception. But the question remains: does it work?
Cassandra Elton got the idea to establish the Antelope Lending Library in a well-traversed mall on the Southeast side of Iowa City while she was working at an after-school program in a local elementary school. Elton found that her students—primarily from low-income and immigrant families—did not have access to the literary culture for which the city is known.
Submitted by birdie on April 8, 2013 - 7:18pm
New York Times Op-Ed on how new legislation on imported copies of American authors works affects issues of copyright.
LAST month, the Supreme Court decided to allow the importation and resale of foreign editions of American works, which are often cheaper than domestic editions. Until now, courts have forbidden such activity as a violation of copyright. Not only does this ruling open the gates to a surge in cheap imports, but since they will be sold in a secondary market, authors won’t get royalties.
This may sound like a minor problem; authors already contend with an enormous domestic market for secondhand books. But it is the latest example of how the global electronic marketplace is rapidly depleting authors’ income streams. It seems almost every player — publishers, search engines, libraries, pirates and even some scholars — is vying for position at authors’ expense.
Submitted by Blake on February 26, 2013 - 10:03am
West Virginia could have saved almost $8 million had the scope of the purchase been scaled to the requirements of the state's libraries, schools and state police, the report states. Smaller, less expensive routers could have been used in the state's 172 libraries, resulting in a savings of $2.8 million; in state police facilities, for a savings of $1 million to $1.4 million; and in 368 schools with enrollments of less than 500, for a savings of $3.68 million.
Submitted by StephenK on February 17, 2013 - 11:39pm