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


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


Amazon is opening its first physical 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


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


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


Who Uses Libraries and What They do at Their Libraries

Today’s recommended reading is from Pew Internet Research: “Who Uses Libraries and What They do at Their Libraries.”

Two-thirds (65%) of all of those 16 and older say that closing their local public library would have a major impact on their community, similar to the 63% figure recorded in 2013. One-third (32%) say closing their local public library would have a major impact on them or their family – roughly the same as the 29% who said this in 2013.

Source: Chapter 1: Who Uses Libraries and What They do at Their Libraries


Libraries at the Crossroads

Libraries at the Crossroads
The public is interested in new services and thinks libraries are important to communities

Americans believe libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years.

Source: Libraries at the Crossroads | Pew Research Center


IMLS Announces 276 Grants, $14.16 Million for Libraries in the United States

Via Library Journal:

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced 276 grants to institutions totaling $14,165,292.

More info:

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Source: IMLS Announces 276 Grants, $14.16 Million for Libraries in the United States | LJ INFOdocket


World’s first public-library Starbucks coming to Tulsa

It’s finally happened, a library is adding a Starbucks. Library cafes starting popping up over the last decade or two, so that fact that you can drink coffee inside a library isn’t new. But this will be the first time a honest-to-goodness Starbucks resides inside a library.

According to the news report, the Starbucks will open as part of the Tulsa Central Library once the renovation is done. That’s estimated at Summer 2016.

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Source: World’s first public-library Starbucks coming to downtown Tulsa after renovations complete – Tulsa World: Local


New Landmark Libraries 2015

Library Journal announced the New Landmark Libraries 2015!

The Winners

  • Bayview Linda Brooks-Burton Branch Library, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA
    Opened: 2011
    Designed by: THA Architecture (with Karin Payson architecture + design)
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library, Cedar Rapids, IA
    Opened: 2013
    Designed by: OPN Architects, Inc.
  • Jasper Place Branch, Edmonton Public Library, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    Opened: 2013
    Designed by: Hughes Condon Marler Architects
  • Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence, KS
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Gould Evans
  • Madison Central Library, Madison, WI
    Opened: 2013
    Designed by: MSR
  • Main Library at Goodwood, East Baton Rouge Parish, Baton Rouge, LA
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: The Library Design Collaborative : Cockfield Jackson | Tipton Associates | Dewberry
  • Mitchell Park Library & Community Center, Palo Alto City Library, CA
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Group 4 Architecture, Research Planning, Inc.
  • Pico Branch Library, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by Nathan Bishop, Principal, Koning Eizenberg
  • St. Helena Branch Library, Beaufort County Library, St. Helena Island, SC
    Opened: 2012
    Designed by: Liollio Architecture
  • San Diego Central Library, San Diego Public Library, CA
    Opened: 2013
    Designed by: Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA / Tucker Sadler Architects
  • Vancouver Community Library, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Vancouver, WA
    Opened: 2012
    Designed by: The Miller Hull Partnership

The Honorable Mentions

  • Main Library, Billings Public Library, MT
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Will Bruder Partners
  • Fort York Branch, Toronto Public Library, Ontario, Canada
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: KPMB Architects
  • Walker Library, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: VJAA
  • Library 21c, Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, CO
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Humphries Poli Architects
  • East Branch, Milwaukee Public Library,  WI
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Battery Park City Library, New York Public Library, NY
    Opened: 2010
    Designed by: 1100 Architects
  • Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, Denver Public Library, CO
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: studiotrope Design Collective
  • West District Library, Ottawa Public Library, Ontario, Canada
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Moriyama & Teshima Architects
  • Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach Joint Use Library, Virginia Beach Public Library, VA
    Opened: 2013
    Designed by: Carrier Johnson + Culture (RRMM Architects, architect of record; Anderson Brulé Architects, Interior Designer/Feasibility Study Architect)
  • Warrensville Heights Branch Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Warrensville Heights, OH
    Opened: 2012
    Designed by: HBM Architects
  • Wolf Creek Branch Library, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Atlanta, GA
    Opened: 2014
    Designed by: Leo A Daly, Inc.

Source: New Landmark Libraries 2015: The Reveal

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