UMass Boston professors upset by cut in funding for library;   *Ten Stories That Shaped 2016;    *US Bookstores Report Lacklustre Sales During the Holiday Season;   *Tar Heel Reader Approaches 10 Million Books Read;   *Prime Minister’s Papers From 1989 and1990 Released by National Archives; and *Penn State Libraries Exhibit Celebrates 100 Years of the Pulitzers; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources


The Boston Globe reports on faculty reaction to UMass library canceling 26 databases “as part of the university’s effort to cut expenses as Healey Library struggles with a 20 percent loss in funding, or $700,000.

The library is also freezing all purchases of print and electronic media until further notice. The university has reserved $4,000 to purchase a limited number of books requested by faculty for spring 2017 courses. The databases that were cut were used primarily by humanities departments…”


LisNEWS looks back at the notable library-related stories from the past year and lists the top ten along with links.


Good E-Reader notes that “bookstores depend on November and December to bolster sales, but this year things have tapered off due to the adult coloring book fad diminishing in 2016. Book sales were down almost 6% between Thanksgiving week and the week ended December 18, 2016 compared to the similar period in 2015…”


According to infoDOCKET “Tar Heel Reader, an online program that helps students with disabilities learn to read independently, is nearing 10 million books read. The site, which was created by Karen Erickson of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies and Gary Bishop of the department of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is expected to reach the 10 million milestone in early January, less than a decade after its launch.


 infoDOCKET also reports that the National Archives (UK) has just “released files from the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office spanning the eventful years of 1989 and 1990.

The newly released files shed light on a range of subjects both at home and abroad, and end with the resignation of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher…”


According to StateCollege.com “the Penn State University Libraries’ new exhibit commemorates the centennial anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize. Featuring Pulitzer-related materials from the University Libraries’ arts and humanities collections, “100 Years of the Pulitzers: Celebrating Our Humanity” will be on display through Wednesday, Aug. 30, in the Diversity Studies Room, 203 Pattee Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public during Pattee Library’s Arts and Humanities Library operating hours…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources