‘We’re sorry, but there are 300 people ahead of you in line for our one copy of the e-book you’ve been anticipating all year.” This is the message many public libraries will be forced to relay to readers of e-books published by Macmillan Publishers this fall.
Beginning November 1, 2019, Macmillan will limit libraries to purchase only ONE COPY of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after its release. Additional copies will then be available for two years of access at a price quadruple consumer prices.
An average of 3,000 people each day are signing the online petition at eBooksForAll.org, urging Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent to reverse the planned embargo on eBooks sold to...READ MORE
The longlist for the American Library Association's Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction was announced on October 1. A total of 49 books (24 fiction, 25 nonfiction) were selected this year. The six finalists will be announced on November 4. Two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards event at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 26, 5 -7 pm.
The awards were established in 2012, and they're the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association. They're also the ONLY major book award that reflects...READ MORE
Did you know that Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration? United for Libraries will coordinate the 14th annual National Friends of Libraries Week October 20-26, 2019. It's a time not only to recognize and celebrate Friends groups, but also to promote themselves in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership.
If you love libraries and aren’t part of your local library’s Friends group, you may want to consider joining. Friends of Library groups can be found in nearly every community and on many campuses across the country. These groups, made up of volunteers, raise money and increase public awareness about their library. Money raised by Friends groups support important...READ MORE
Reprinted courtesy of American Libraries
CPL is largest library system in US to stop collecting fines
At a September 30 press conference at Woodson Regional Library, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Public Library (CPL) Commissioner Andrea Telli, and CPL board members announced the elimination of late fees as a way to increase access to libraries citywide. With the announcement, Chicago becomes the largest city, and the largest public library system in the US, to eliminate overdue fines.