Library Love: Library Spaces In A Virtual World

Column by Stephanie Bonjack
Why use a library when there's Wi-Fi at Starbucks and "everything" is online? Is there a reason to visit a library anymore?

Library Love: Reader’s Advisory - Expert Advice On What To Read Next

Column by Stephanie Bonjack October 9, 2012
The end of a great novel is no cause for despair! Get your next fix using these helpful tips.
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Man Turns His Manila Home Into A 24/7, Rules-Free Community Library

News by Kimberly Turner September 25, 2012
Hernando "Nanie" Guanlao has brought the joys of reading to poor and working-class neighborhoods in the Philippines by turning his yard into an outdoor community library with no rules.
Hachette Raising Prices On eBooks It Sells To Libraries

Hachette Raising Prices On The eBooks It Sells To Libraries

News by Rob Hart
Hachette will increase the price of eBooks it sells to library wholesalers--which probably means less eBooks available in libraries.

Library Love: Archives - The Hidden Room of Research

Column by Stephanie Bonjack September 4, 2012
Archives are the home of literary treasures waiting to be discovered. Try out a new type of research with this archival primer.
Makeshift People's Library In Oakland

Cops Drop The Hammer On Makeshift People's Library In Oakland

News by Rob Hart August 17, 2012
Activists reclaimed an abandoned property in Oakland and turned it into a library--so of course the cops stormed in and put a stop to it.
San Francisco Public Library Installs Porn Shields

San Francisco Public Library Installs Porn Shields

News by Kimberly Turner July 30, 2012
The San Francisco Public Library's new privacy hoods protect the dignity of its porn-hound patrons and the sensibilities of genteel passersby.

Library Love: A Librarian Told Me - Research Guides For Every Subject

Column by Stephanie Bonjack July 26, 2012
Great online resources can be hard to find! Make use of library research guides to simplify your work.
Woman Jailed For Not Returning Twilight To Library

Do Not Pass Go: Woman Jailed For Not Returning Twilight To Library

News by Dave Reuss July 2, 2012
Think you can get away with stealing library books? Not in New Mexico.
New York City's Libraries Facing Huge Budget Cuts

UPDATED (WITH GOOD NEWS): New York City's Libraries Facing Huge Budget Cuts

News by Rob Hart June 26, 2012
Libraries in New York City are facing a huge budget cut, which could result in closures and the reduction of hours. Sign some petitions to support them! UPDATED: FUNDING RESTORED!
Penguin Digital Distribution w/ NY and Brooklyn Library

Penguin Signs Deal for Digital Distribution with New York and Brooklyn Library Systems

News by John Jarzemsky
Penguin publishing, the largest publisher in America, has announced a deal with the New York and Brooklyn Public libraries to make digital copies of its entire catalog available to both systems.
 Library & Information Science Worst Master's Degree

Worst Master's Degree For Getting A Job: Library & Information Science, Says Forbes

News by Rob Hart June 19, 2012
A study by Forbes shows that Library & Information Science is the worst master's degree for getting a job, with the low pay and estimated growth rank.

Library Love: Don’t Leave It All Behind: Track Information That Matters

Column by Stephanie Bonjack June 7, 2012
Not everything is ephemeral. Track books, articles, videos and more with software designed to do just that.
One Year of Street Books

One Year of Street Books: A Bike-Powered Library For The Homeless

News by Kimberly Turner June 5, 2012
In its first year, Street Books—Portland’s bike-powered mobile library for the homeless—has brought reading to hundreds who can't use traditional libraries due to a lack of permanent address or ID.
Most Frequently Challenged Books In 2011

Behold, The Most Frequently Challenged Library Books In 2011

News by Rob Hart April 9, 2012
The American Library Association has released its annual list of most frequently challenged library books, which includes such transgressive literature as 'The Hunger Games' and 'Brave New World.'
Mad Men reading list

New York Public Library Compiles 'Mad Men' Reading List

News by Rob Hart March 26, 2012
To coincide with the premiere of 'Mad Men,' the New York Public Library has put together a list of books that have been on the show, or books that people who watch the show might enjoy.
Random House Raises eBook Prices

Random House Raises eBook Prices

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen March 2, 2012
Libraries can't seem to catch a break when it comes to eBooks. Yesterday, Random House's new prices took effect--which means big increases for cash-strapped libraries.
Penguin stops lending eBooks

Libraries Are Not Amused At Penguin's Decision To Stop Lending eBooks

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen February 10, 2012
Penguin recently decided to join the group of publishers who no longer allow libraries to stock their eBooks. Predictably, libraries and Kindle readers aren't pleased, and they're taking action.
Garden Grove Library

California Does Horrible Thing, Cuts Funding For Libraries

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen February 9, 2012
Hell hath no fury like a librarian scorned. But cash-strapped California is willing to take their chances, so they've cut funding to their public libraries.
The Human Library

Check Someone Out (In A Non-Creepy Way) with the Human Library

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen January 27, 2012
Books are cool and all, but they'd be a lot cooler if they could talk. Thank goodness for the Human Library, which is exactly what it sounds like--a library full people you can check out.
Vonnegut Library prepares to party

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Throwing Huge Anniversary Bash

News by Rob Hart January 16, 2012
The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is celebrating its first anniversary on Jan. 28 with a day of informative and entertaining events.
5 year old arrested for overdue library books?

Did CNN Overdramatize Story About Police, Overdue Library Books, And A 5-Year-Old?

News by Rob Hart January 6, 2012
Cops showed up at the home of a 5-year-old in Massachusetts to track down some overdue library books--which sounds sort of terrible, until you read the entire story...
Cool Library

Libraries Turn Up Their Curb Appeal to 11

News by Brandon Tietz November 29, 2011
In an attempt to stay relevant, libraries are now including special displays, gift shops, and coffee kiosks.

Can The Kindle Add Fuel To The Fire Of The Public Library System?

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen
Amazon Kindle has changed the way consumers get their hands on books. Now the little eBook that could is showing that it can do more, by quietly creeping into libraries. Could this be a good thing?
Library lending of eBooks up 200 percent

eBook Borrowing From Libraries Up 200 Percent

News by Rob Hart October 14, 2011
More than 12 million eBooks have been checked out from libraries so far this year, an increase of 200 percent over last year--and that number could climb to 16 million by year's end.