In Warren Buffett’s own backyard: Underfunded Omaha libraries. National digital library endowment, anyone?

"Currently, Omaha Public Libraries' spending per capita is substantially below that of surrounding communities." – Library Board of Trustees President Mike Meyer, as quoted...
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‘Must’ for next librarian of Congress: A love of reading—including the e-book variety

James Billington, 86, departing January 1 as librarian of Congress, excelled in certain areas such as Russian history. But he was not a librarian...
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‘A Beautiful Mind,’ e-books and the Five Laws of Library Science: RIP, John Forbes Nash, Jr.

“A Beautiful Mind,” the inspiration of the book and film by that name, died over the weekend.  John Forbes Nash, Jr., 86, and his...
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National digital library endowment plan featured in Education Week

LibraryCity’s proposal for a national digital library endowment has now made the leading publication in the field of K-12 education—not just philanthropy (Chronicle of...
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Cell phone book clubs: What they’re like and what they can do for K-12 kids, their parents and others

How to set up a cell phone book club? LibraryCity covered that earlier. The idea is more appealing than ever now, given the increasing...
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How the DPLA could turn itself into a real ‘public’ library system—and encourage billionaires to pay for it and an academic system

An eight-year-old girl in Massachusetts falls love with the American Girl series of books. She begs, begs, begs for more of them. She doesn’t...
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$1.25-million pledge from novelist James Patterson for school libraries: Here’s what else he can do

Dear James Patterson— Congratulations on your $1.25 million pledge for school libraries and related efforts from Scholastic, Inc. Alas, however, the money is just...
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The wealth gap: A tale of two school libraries

Some might call it a tale of two school libraries, one rich, one poor. In upper Northwest Washington, some 720 students at Lafayette Elementary...
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Beyond library walls: Free e-books for Beijing subway passengers

Ride a certain subway line in Beijing, and you can use your cell phone to scan QR codes and download free library books. “Librarians...
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PTA President Otha Thornton wimps out on Kindle read-aloud issue, in reply to my Baltimore Sun op-ed

So who counts more at National PTA headquarters here in Alexandria, Virginia? Blind kids or Amazon—the seller of the “official” e-reader of the PTA?...