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“Innovative Booth for Libraries” at SXSW [Sponsored Content]

While I was in Indianapolis at PLA, Innovative’s Joe Murphy, Director, Library Futures, was in Austin, Texas at the well-known South by Southwest (SXSW) conference where emerging technology leaders, start-ups, and media entrepreneurs came together to discuss and even create the latest trends.

Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist Revealed

ALA today announced six books as finalists for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year’s best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the US.  Along with a medal presentation at ALA’s annual conference in Chicago on June 30, each winning author will receive $5,000 and the four finalists will each receive $1,500.

The 2013 shortlisted titles are:

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction:

Chicago Is Among Five Library Medalists Named by IMLS

Chicago Public Library (CPL) is among five libraries nationwide to receive a 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, it was announced April 24. Awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Service, the medal is the nation’s highest honor given to libraries and museums for service to their communities.

Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact

“The world has moved exclusively online and those who haven’t are at risk,” said D.C. Public Library (DCPL) director Richard Reyes-Gavilan as he opened “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” a public hearing held on April 17. Organized by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the hearing focused on the impact of high-speed broadband connectivity in America’s libraries. The crucial need for adequate broadband capabilities in all libraries, e-rate reform, and additional lobbying efforts in Washington were discussed as well.

School Library Month Victory: Vermont Librarians Win Standards Battle

School librarians in Vermont won a standards victory early this month when the Secretary of State’s Office approved Education Quality Standards that emphasize the essential role of school librarians and libraries in student success. The effective date, April 5, couldn’t have been better timed since April is School Library Month.

ALA Selects 10 Public Libraries for Community Engagement Training

On April 22, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the names of 10 public libraries selected to participate in an 18-month community engagement training program as part of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort.

More than 80 libraries applied to be part of the cohort, which is part of ALA’s LTC initiative—a national plan to help librarians strengthen their role as core community leaders and change agents.

The State of America’s Libraries, 2014

On April 13, the American Library Association released its report on the 2014 State of America's Libraries during National Library Week, April 13–19, detailing library trends of the past year. Its findings include:

CPL Teen Program Expands and Replicates

Chicago Public Library (CPL) will expand its teen-focused YOUmedia program this summer, offering young patrons increased access to digital technology and workshops on topics such as moviemaking, graphic design, and music recording.

CPL Commissioner Brian Bannon tells American Libraries that the program—already in place at the Harold Washington Library Center and other locations throughout the city—will expand to six new branches. A pop-up version will bring YOUmedia to 12 more neighborhoods, giving teens one- or two-day experiences with the latest technology, he says.

London Book Fair: Day 2

The role of academic libraries is changing as open access publishing moves into the mainstream, speakers said April 9 at the London Book Fair.

London Book Fair 2014

Libraries in the United Kingdom recently launched two pilot programs designed to expand patrons’ access to ebooks and academic research, speakers said April 8 at a London Book Fair seminar on public libraries going digital.

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