News & Announcements 1/3/14

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ALA Washington Office hosts copyright tweet;Texas restores library funding; Nominations sought for ALA Intellectual Freedom Award; Ohio’s libraries creating ‘Digitization Hubs’ to preserve historical materials; American Journal of Nursing announces 2013 Book of the Year awards; Here are the three teams who could redesign MLK Library; and Shebooks is new digital publisher with ebooks for women.

copyright - microsoft clip artConfused about copyright? Tweet us your questions on Jan. 7th

The ALA Washington Office is going to host a copyright tweet next Tuesday, January 7, from 6:00-7:00p.m. EST. Although the primary audience is school librarians and leaders, librarians of all types will be interested in having the opportunity to have their questions answered during an interactive tweetchat with copyright expert and bestselling author Carrie Russell. Participants can submit questions and take part in the free tweetchat by using the #k12copylaw hashtag…”

According to Texas state representative J.M. Lozano “one outcome of the 83rd Legislature was to restore $7.5 million in critical funding for libraries in the areas of digital content, like learning and workforce development tools. These resources- including e-books, tutorials, online journals, research materials, and certification prep tests- are available through our local library. All you need is your local library card…”

The ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table announces that nominations are open for the John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award:

“When you think a champion of intellectual freedom, who comes to mind? Do you know someone personally or professionally who deserves recognition? If so, please consider nominating that person (or organization) for the ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table’s John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. Past recipients range from Amnesty International (for their approach to Banned Books Week), public librarians who organized book clubs for students to read books with “more mature themes” than they were allowed to read in school, individuals who returned censored art work to galleries from which they had been removed, to a bookstore refusing to breach the privacy of their patrons. For details about these and other award winners over the past four decades please see the Immroth Award recipients list…”

The Columbus Metropolitan Library has landed $188,219 in federal and state grants to buy equipment for a statewide effort creating a network of “Digitization Hubs” to preserve historical materials.

The money is coming from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that distributes funding to libraries nationwide. It’s sending $760,421 to Ohio to upgrade digitization equipment and software at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, the Cleveland Public Library and Columbus Metropolitan Library, according to a press release.

trophy -  American Journal of Nursing announces 2013 Book of the Year awards

According to Newswise “the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) has recognized the best nursing and healthcare publications of 2013 with an announcement of its Book of the Year Award recipients. Winners in 17 separate categories appear in the journal’s January issue…

The Greater, Greater Washington website notes that while it was “designed by Mies van der Rohe, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in downtown DC”  no longer meets “the library’s needs…”

From a shortlist of ten qualified applicants, DC Public Library (DCPL) has chosen three teams: Mecanoo Architects with Martinez + Johnson, Patkau Architects with Krueck+Sexton and Ayers Saint Gross, and STUDIOS Architecture with the Freelon Group. All three teams have experience with libraries, historic preservation, or the DC area…”

Digital Book World reports that “Shebooks ( entered the booming e-singles market today with a collection of nine titles aimed at the largest reader segment – women. Shebooks also announced plans for a unique subscription offering for accessing the publisher’s growing collection of titles.

The nine titles released on the Shebooks preview site today (view on include six memoirs and three works of fiction by well-established authors and essayists, including Hope Edelman, Marion Winik, Faith Adiele, Jessica Anja Blau and Suzanne Paola…”


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