Library and Publishing News

Caution: This Post may cause a Trigger Warning

I hadn’t heard of Twigger Warnings before the other day but it seems like a hot topic today. For all of their reputation for free thinking, universities can be governed by well-meaning but stifling liberal orthodoxy. The latest example comes in the form of the push on several campuses for “trigger warnings” — statements that advise students that a particular … Read More

The Increase in Translated Books

A major change is going in for Translated Works. Consistent powerhouses such as Dalkey Archive Press and – this may surprise you – AmazonCrossing (Amazon’s translation imprint) make up the bulk of publications, but a wealth of smaller presses are rethinking the process of publishing in translation, traditionally a laborious process involving government-sponsored reading lists, recommendations from foreign friends, unreliable … Read More

Smashwords expands Overdrive deal

Digital self-publishing site Smashwords is making its ebooks available to more libraries through a partnership with Overdrive, the country’s largest digital library distributor. Through the partnership, Overdrive library clients — the company works with about 28,000 libraries and schools worldwide — will be able to purchase about 200,000 ebooks by 88,000 Smashwords authors and lend them out to their patrons. … Read More

Italy wants Prisoners to Read

In Calabria, a southern region of Italy, Prisoners who read books can actually decrease their prison sentences. The regional council of Calabria, in southern Italy, has approved a bill to reduce jail time for three days for each book read. It would be capped at 48 days in one year – amounting to 16 books in 12 months. According to … Read More

Europe and the Right to be Forgotten

The European Court of Justice has ordered Google to remove Information from their Search Results of anyone who asks. The court’s decision means that individuals can ask Google or other search operators to take down links to web pages that are published by third parties, such as newspapers, containing information relating to them. That doesn’t mean that the article or … Read More

Cornelius expands Latino Outreach

Maria Aguilar has been working to increase Latino Outreach for the Cornelius Public Library since 2008. But budget cuts have hampered her efforts until very recently. She has begun working with local businesses to increase funding and the results have been impressive. To find out more, go read Cornelius Public library sees jump in participation after expanding Latino outreach.

Brooklyn is Back

Here’s the Good News! From Coney Island on up to Clinton Hill, all 60 Brooklyn Public Library branches have reopened following a lengthy string of repairs that have stretched for nearly two years. – Brooklyn bibliophiles rejoice! All 60 public library branches now open after lengthy repairs The Bad News is two branches will be closing in a few months … Read More

Do Stacks make the Library?

Colby College’s Miller Library is only the latest example of a library reducing the amount of space utilized by books. And some people are very upset about that. The Bookies are quite right to want to save the stacks—but not just for the reasons they give, all of which could be dismissed as the sentimental drowning cries of Luddites. We … Read More

Public Libraries of Jefferson County get Grant from Daniel Foundation of Alabama

The Jefferson County Library Cooperative needs new Circulation Software. “Our previous software was in desperate need of an upgrade,” Ryan said in an email to “The majority of the funds came from State Aid to Public Libraries, appropriated annually by the Alabama Legislature.” “However, we are indebted to the Daniel Foundation for providing us with the [funds] that allowed … Read More

Property Tax Drop hit Kanawha Libraries

And it is a hit they really aren’t in a position to take. Last year, a decision by the State Supreme Court impacted funding for the library system, causing a building plan to be put on hold. And now: The Kanawha County Public Library will receive slightly less funding from the county and city next year because of reductions in … Read More