Nancy Lensenmayer writes: “Managing the IFLA/OCLC Fellowship program, which began in 2001, is one of the most professionally rewarding experiences of my career. The program provides advanced continuing education and exposure to a broad range of issues in information technologies, library operations, and global cooperative librarianship. With the five 2017 Fellows (from Zambia, Uganda, Philippines, Zimbabwe, and Vietnam) the program has welcomed 85 information professionals from 38 countries.”
OCLC Next, Apr. 28
Jacob Kastrenakes writes: “The FCC put out its draft proposal for reversing the 2015 net neutrality order on April 27, and the oddest thing about it may be how little the commission has examined what to do with basic internet protections. Rather than undoing the order wholesale, the FCC is essentially splitting it up into two parts: one part undoes the legal authority used to implement net neutrality (Title II) and the other part asks whether or not it should keep the rules, like no blocking or throttling websites.”
The Verge, Apr. 27
While the investigation continues into the blaze at the Sherman (Tex.) Public Library, city officials said the April 26 fire was started inside the building. Sherman Community and Support Services Manager Nate Strauch previously said the fire department determined the blaze was started intentionally. The majority of the library’s collection was spared from significant damage. The building did not have a fire sprinkler system.
Sherman (Tex.) Herald Democrat, Apr. 27
Illinois House members voted 111–3 on April 27 to make the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield a separate state agency, a first step in transferring it to the federal Office of Presidential Libraries under the National Archives. The facility is currently the only presidential library in the nation to be a state operation. The vote comes nearly a month after Gov. Bruce Rauner went ahead with the move by issuing an executive order. By passing the bill, the change cannot be rescinded by a future governor.
Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register, Apr. 27
Larra Clark writes: “High school students on the tiny Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia are becoming published authors, thanks to the combined efforts of the island’s Soufrière Public Library, the regional Peace Corps, and local schools. As these young writers build their literacy and writing skills, the schools and libraries in the west coast town of Soufrière are adding these culturally relevant, Creole-influenced children’s books to their collections.”
American Libraries feature, Apr. 28
With the recent rollbacks in the Mississippi state budget, the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library might have to cut down on staff. In the current budget year, Gov. Phil Bryant has reduced budgets across the state by a total of $171 million. One of the future plans that could be jeopardized with a lack of staff is a program to bring electronic resources and books to the Boys and Girls Club and Lafayette County residents who are otherwise unable to go to the library themselves.
The Daily Mississippian, Apr. 27
The online versions of ACRL’s College & Research Libraries, College & Research Libraries News, and RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage are migrating to the Open Journal Systems platform on April 28. The addition of features and other enhancements will continue in the weeks following the beta launch. OJS is an open source journal management and publishing system developed by the Public Knowledge Project.
ACRL Insider, Apr. 26