Tor Books has changed their policy for library eBook availability. Tor titles will now be delayed for library availability for 4 months from their release date, starting with July 2018 releases. The library community is dismayed and disappointed in Tor’s decision. Library eBook suppliers (OverDrive) are in ongoing and active dialogue with Tor to provide data and information to advocate a policy change.
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Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. “Spanning the period 1905 to 2000, the films named to this year’s registry include Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation, shorts and independent and home movies. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725, which is a small fraction of the Library’s vast moving-image collection of 1.3 million items.” — LOC Blog
Congratulations to our star libraries!
Library Journal (LJ) has just announced this year’s star libraries. We are so happy to see that 10 of the 12 star libraries in Massachusetts are members of the CLAMS Library Network! Continue reading
The Swedish Academy has chosen Kazuo Ishiguro as the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. Continue reading
Banned Books Week is celebrated every year. According to the American Library Association, “Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”
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The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), your state agency, is conducting a study to help us understand who uses which library and why. The goal is to level the playing field for all sizes of libraries in the Commonwealth.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month
The value of today’s libraries goes beyond books. Librarians are leaders in their communities – helping people of any age to find what they need to help improve their quality of life. This September, the CLAMS Library Network is joining with the American Library Association and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, an initiative to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.
In 2015 the American Library Association declared June as GLBT Book Month. It is, “a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.” Continue reading
According to the News from the Library of Congress, on March 29, 2017, the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, named 25 recordings to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress because of their, “cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage.”