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TSLAC Launches Texas Digital Archive

Today’s recommended reading is “Texas State Library and Archives Commission Launches Texas Digital Archive.”

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) announces the launch of the Texas Digital Archive (TDA), a searchable online repository designed to manage, preserve, and provide access to the electronic records collections held at the Texas State Archives. Virtual visitors are invited to explore our shared heritage through digitized prints, photographs, documents and manuscripts made available through a $706,593 appropriation for the 2016-2017 biennium from the 84th legislative session.

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Source: Texas State Library and Archives Commission Launches Texas Digital Archive | TSLAC

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Librarians Converge On Boston

Today’s recommended read is “Librarians Converge On Boston To Bring Libraries Into The Future” from Boston’s WGBH News, reporting on the thousands of librarians attending ALA Midwinter.

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Source: Librarians Converge On Boston To Bring Libraries Into The Future | WGBH News

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2016 PR Xchange Awards submissions due by March 15, 2016

It’s that time of the year again … time to submit to the PR Xchange Awards!

The annual PR Xchange Awards recognize the very best public relations materials produced by libraries in the past year. Entries will be evaluated based on content, originality, and design by a team of experts in public relations, graphic design, communications, and marketing who select the winner(s) in each category.

Winning entries will be on display at the PR Xchange program during the ALA Annual Conference 2016 in Orlando. Awards will be presented to the winners on that day. Award winners need not be present to win, but are encouraged to attend.

These awards are sponsored by the Library Leadership Administration and Management Association’s Public Relations and Marketing Section  and are overseen by the PR XChange Committee (formerly known as Swap and Shop).

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A Guide to Ebook Licenses Purchase Models for Libraries and Publishers

Today’s recommended resource is “Free Guide to Ebook Licensing for Public Libraries and Publishers” from Publishing Perspectives.

The main purpose of our new report, “Ebook Licensing Guide for Public Libraries and Publishers,” resulting from the collaboration between Publishing Perspectives, the leading international book publishing news and opinion magazine; Bookwire, a platform specializing in the worldwide distribution of more than 100,000 ebooks and audiobooks of more than 1.000 publishers from around the world, and Dosdoce.com, a company specializing in the development of digital business models, is to provide professionals in the book world with a broader insight into the numerous opportunities offered by new ebook licensing models and to dissipate any doubts or preconceived ideas in relation to those models.

Source: Free resource for libraries: A Guide to Ebook Licenses Purchase Models for Libraries and Publishers

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Penguin Random House Ebook Terms of Sale for Libraries

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News via Library Journal

Penguin Random House today announced a new unified, companywide terms of sale (TOS) policy for ebook licenses sold to public, school, and other libraries working with approved ebook vendors in the United States and Canada. Effective January 1, 2016, all Penguin and Random House adult and children’s frontlist and backlist ebook titles will be available under the one-ebook, one-user, no loan cap perpetual licensing model that has long been employed by Random House.

Source: Penguin Random House Announces New Ebook Terms of Sale for Libraries

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ALA Banned Book List

Today’s recommended read is the American Library Association’s list of books that were banned or challenged in 2014. I’ve read a few of them, but not nearly enough. Have you?

Source: ALA Banned Book List » Public Libraries Online

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Fewer Americans are reading print books

Today’s recommended read gives us the bad news that there’s been a 7% decrease in Americans who read since 2011, dropping from 79% to 72%.

Not good news.

Recommended article: Slightly fewer Americans are reading print books, new survey finds

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Amazon is opening its first physical bookstore

Bookstore

Today’s recommended reading covers the news that Amazon has opened a brick and mortar store in Seattle. Interesting.

Read: Amazon is opening its first physical bookstore today | The Verge

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ALA Launches “Libraries Transform” Campaign

Today’s recommended read is “ALA Launches ‘Libraries Transform’ Campaign from the Library Journal:

On October 29 American Library Association (ALA) president Sari Feldman launched the Libraries Transform campaign, a three-year national public awareness initiative focusing on the ways public, academic, school, and special libraries and librarians across the nation transform their communities. Events kicked off in Washington, DC, as the Libraries Transform team visited a cross-section of transformative libraries, and will continue with contributions from libraries—and library lovers—everywhere.

Source: ALA Launches “Libraries Transform” Campaign | Library Journal

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Senate Passes 10 Year Term for Librarian of Congress

Okay, this one’s just weird

As President Obama ponders his choice for the next Librarian of Congress, the first time in nearly three decades that such a nomination will be necessary, the U.S. Senate has passed a bill to put a 10-year term on the position, stripping the job of the lifetime tenure it has carried since 1802.

They set up a limit on how many years someone can hold a job as a librarian? Really?

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Source: Senate Passes 10 Year Term for Librarian of Congress

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