Monthly Archives: April 2014

New edition of Cycling for Libraries!

We first heared about this initiative last year, and we loved it! As they put it, it’s an “unconference for cycling librarians and library lovers”

This year’s route, Montpellier – Lyon. Registration is open from April, 15th.

Check their web for further information:


State of America’s Libraries

Last week, April 13-19, National Library Week was celebrated in the United States. The American Library Association has seized the opportunity to release its report on the 2014 State of America’s Libraries, “detailing library trends of the past year”.

You can access the document through this link.

ALIA’s Elending Landscape Report 2014

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has published a “worldwide e-lending landscape report”, commissioned by Brussels-based Civic Agenda. Their goal, to identify “public library-led initiatives to secure e-books for borrowers”.

The report was published last 14th April and can be found through this link.

IFLA International Marketing Award

The IFLA Section on Management and Marketing has announced the winner, finalists and top ten projects of the 2014 IFLA International marketing award. With the  collaboration of Emerald, this award honors “organizations that have implemented creative, results-oriented marketing projects or campaigns”.

 You can check the presentation, videos and location of these projects through this storify IFLA has created.

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, a new interview: this time, Kaisa Kytömäki, from Sastamala Public Library in Finland. Also, a new activity of Ermua Municipal Library (Spain) and its sister, Library Tielt-Winge  (Belgium) to commemorate the International Children’s Book Day (ICBD).

 Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information.

Digitization at New York Public Library

New York Public Library, has recently made over 20,000 historical maps from its database free to access and created an entire website called Map Warper where users can access all the maps, but also “digitally align (“rectify”) historical maps from the NYPL’s collections to match today’s precise maps”.

This institution announced last November 2013 that they had digitized over a thousand videos in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division Moving Image Archive and created another web page where you can browse or search the collection.

Sharing is Caring, 2014

The 3rd international Sharing is Caring seminar took place in Copenhagen last April 1th. The seminar focused on collaboration with users in the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) sector. Simon Tanner, Deputy Head of the Department of Digital Humanities and Director of Digital Consulting at King’s College London presented a keynote: “When we share, do they care? Using Impact Assessment to understand how our digital presence changes lives”, that has published at his blog.

You can read it through this link

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, some pictures of the activity “Poems out of the closet” from the Aveiro Municipal Library (Portugal) and the presentation of a new library, the Lower Silesian Public Library “Thaddeus Mikulski” (Poland).

Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information.

Support the campaign “Let Libraries Lend Books”

As we posted last month, Copyright laws are being studied in Europe for their updating to the new technological reality. The EU launched a Public consultation on EU Copyright rules that has resulted in reactions  from different library organizations (like the Right to E-Read campaign organised by EBLIDA).

Now, CILIP has started a campaign for libraries in the UK to be able to “lend ebooks free of charge to the public, as they do printed books”.

You can read all the information and support the campaign through this web page.

Manchester Central Library Reborn

Las September 2013 we published a post about Birmingham’s public library inauguration campaign after its spectacular renovation. Last March 21th, another UK Library has reopened its gates after 4 years of refurbish and £50m (according to The Guardian).

 At their web page you’ll find more details of the transformation.