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from ALA:

Academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life and research and cherished spaces. This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association's 2015 State of America's Libraries report, released during National Library Week, April 12- 18, 2015.


Press release: New State of America's Libraries Report finds shift in role of U.S. libraries

2015 State of America's Libraries Report (PDF)

Flipbook version at American Libraries Magazine

Accessible text-only version (PDF)

NISO White Paper Explores the Future of Library Resource Discovery

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a
white paper, The Future of Library Resource Discovery, written by
independent consultant, speaker, and author Marshall Breeding. The
white paper was commissioned by NISO's Discovery to Delivery (D2D)
Topic Committee as part of its ongoing examination of areas in the
discovery landscape that the information community could potentially
standardize. Included in the paper is an overview of the current
discovery environment; descriptions of how these technologies,
methodologies, and products may be able to adapt to potential future
change; and a look beyond current models of discovery to explore
possible alternatives, especially those related to linked data.

The Future of Library Resource Discovery white paper is available for
free download on the NISO website at

Google Maps Gallery: Unlocking the World's Maps

from the Google Enterprise Blog:

Governments, nonprofits and businesses have some of the most valuable mapping data in the world, but it's often locked away and not accessible to the public. With the goal of making this information more readily available to the world, today we're launching Google Maps Gallery, a new way for organizations to share and publish their maps online via Google Maps Engine.


Maps Gallery works like an interactive, digital atlas where anyone can search for and find rich, compelling maps. Maps included in the Gallery can be viewed in Google Earth and are discoverable through major search engines, making it seamless for citizens and stakeholders to access diverse mapping data, such as locations of municipal construction projects, historic city plans, population statistics, deforestation changes and up-to-date emergency evacuation routes. Organizations using Maps Gallery can communicate critical information, build awareness and inform the public at-large.

See the full post on the Google blog.

Library Journal's Best Databases 2011

Library Journal polled a group of librarians and Library Journal reviews to determine the best databases of 2011. Here are their picks.

2011 Horizon Report now available

The 2011 Horizon Report, a collaborative initiative of the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is now available for free download from:

Each year the report identifies and describes key trends that a group of experts believe will have an impact on teaching, learning and creative inquiry. This year, some of those trends are: electronic books, mobiles, augmented reality, game-based learning, gesture-based computing, and learning analytics.

St. Paul Pioneer Press Added to ProQuest Newsstand

ProQuest is pleased to announce the addition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press to the ProQuest Newsstand database! Access is available now with backfiles to April 21, 2010. This important Minnesota newspaper joins the hundreds of other regional and national newspapers available in ProQuest Newsstand and accessible to Minnesota libraries through ELM. Please contact MINITEX's ELM Support if you have any questions.

Bill Clinton Pens New Britannica Article on Dayton Accords

from Encyclopaedia Britannica:

Encyclopaedia Britannica has published a new article about the 1995 Dayton Accords written by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the company said today. The article, about the agreement signed in Paris fourteen years ago today ending the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is now available on Britannica's Web sites.

Mr. Clinton's article recounts one of the bloodiest chapters in post‐World War II European history. It explains the origins of the fighting among ethnic Serbs, Croats and Bosnian Muslims that erupted in the early 1990s after the breakup of the Yugoslav federation, the suffering of civilians, the early attempts to make peace and changes in U.S. and NATO policy, including willingness to use force against Bosnian Serb aggressors, that brought all parties to the table. The agreement, reached during a conference near Dayton, Ohio, in November 1995, brought the conflict to an end.

"The Bosnian peace plan was hard‐won, but it would bring an end to four bloody years that claimed more than 250,000 lives and caused more than two million people to flee their homes," writes Mr. Clinton, whose administration drove the negotiations.

Mr. Clinton joins four other former U.S. presidents who have written articles for the Britannica. Jimmy Carter is author of the encyclopedia's entry on the Camp David Accords of 1978, which established peace between Egypt and Israel. John F. Kennedy wrote about Oliver Ellsworth, the third U.S. chief justice. Lyndon Johnson authored part of the Britannica article on the late speaker of the U.S. House or Representatives Sam Rayburn. Herbert Hoover wrote about his brother, the naturalist Theodore Jesse Hoover.

The article is can be found in the:

Borders Partners With Kobo to Deliver eBooks

from Borders:

Borders Group, Inc. today announced a strategic investment and commercial partnership with Kobo, Inc., a global eReading service that is the newly named spin-off of Toronto-based Indigo Books & Music Inc.'s Shortcovers digital reading initiative. Through the partnership, Borders will launch a new eBook store integrated into and powered by Kobo. In addition, Kobo will power a Borders-branded eBook store for multiple mobile devices. Sales through these Borders-branded eBook stores will be booked by Borders. Kobo's mobile applications are device neutral, which will enable consumers to purchase eBooks from Borders on popular smartphones such as the iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm Pre and Android, as well as other devices. Borders and Kobo plan to launch these new services within the second quarter of 2010.

AskMN Report

Minitex is delighted to announce the release of our FY08 - 09 report on AskMN: The Librarian Is In!, Minnesota's statewide digital reference service. AskMN is funded by Minitex with appropriations from the Minnesota Legislature and is staffed by participating libraries and Minitex.

The report summarizes who is asking questions, who is answering them, what time of day questions are being asked, the reach of our libraries to Minnesota residents, and how satisfied patrons were with AskMN: The Librarian Is In!

Participating public libraries include: Dakota County Library, Hennepin County Library, Rochester Public Library, St. Paul Public Library, and Washington County Library. Lake Agassiz Regional Library joined in the beginning of FY10 (July 2009). Academic libraries participating in the service are: St. Catherine University, Joint Libraries of the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, Macalester College, Minnesota State University, Mankato, St. Cloud State University, University of Minnesota - Duluth, and University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Minitex Reference Services staff provide administrative and reference support.

*Relationship between 3M and TI dates back to 1998
*Early RFID testing done at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with full rollout in 2000
*Long-term durability and data integrity of RFID tags tested under extreme conditions
This month, 3M Library Systems and Texas Instruments (TI) celebrated ten years of collaboration in the design and sale of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to libraries worldwide. 3M Library Systems (a subdivision of 3M Track and Trace) offers the tags along with circulation, self-service, and security equipment, while TI handles the design and manufacturing of the embedded RF inlays within the tags themselves.

The library relationship between the two companies began in the design and testing phase of the RFID tags and reader technology, culminating with the rollout in 2000 of a large-scale implementation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), an early testing ground for the technology. Since then, the partnership has resulted in the production of upwards of 80 million RFID tags that 3M has helped integrate into the collections at more than 1000 library sites.

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