New Report Shows Success of California’s K12 Online Content Project, State Library Reports

From Sierra Sun Times

” In its first year, the online educational databases California is providing to over 6 million students was accessed over 7 million times, according to a newly published analysis of the California K12 Online Content Project.The project, a joint partnership provided by the California State Library and the Riverside County Office of Education, spends $3 million annually to provide public school students and educators with access to educational resources. If every district and charter school were to pay for their own individual contracts it would total at least $13 million.The analysis shows that resources from Britannica, TeachingBooks and ProQuest were accessed 7.4 million times, with over 33 million actions – click, views, and downloads – during the 2018-2019 school year.Online resources from these three content providers are available to all public schools at no cost to the district or charter. Teachers, school librarians, students and others involved in K-12 education may browse through and utilize newspaper articles, informational entries, books, book supplements, teaching guides, scientific research, photos, audio recordings and educational videos – all aligned with the standards that California has created for its schools.The report, California K-12 Online Content Project: Going Beyond the Textbooks – September 2019, is available now for download on the California State Library website. There is also a comprehensive website and newsletter with information about upcoming professional development, recorded training videos, details on how schools obtain access, and additional information related to the K12 Online Content Project.”

The Complicated Role of the Modern Public Library

From National Endowment for the Humanities

” There aren’t many truly public places left in America. Most of our shared spaces require money or a certain social status to access. Malls exist to sell people things. Museums discourage loiterers. Coffee shops expect patrons to purchase a drink or snack if they want to enjoy the premises.One place, though, remains open to everybody. The public library requires nothing of its visitors: no purchases, no membership fees, no dress code. You can stay all day, and you don’t have to buy anything. You don’t need money or a library card to access a multitude of on-site resources that includes books, e-books and magazines, job-hunting assistance, computer stations, free Wi-Fi, and much more. And the library will never share or sell your personal data.In a country riven by racial, ethnic, political, and socioeconomic divides, libraries still welcome everyone.”

La Colonia library in Oxnard has good chance of surviving

From VC Star

“La Colonia Branch Library, the small outpost in Oxnard that almost didn’t make it in the latest round of budget cuts, will likely continue to survive thanks to fundraising and grants.City officials say they are confident that the library can keep going even though the last round of funding was mostly one-time money. “I have full confidence that we’re going to be working towards keeping that place open,” said City Librarian Sofia Kimsey. “The community has staked their claim. They have said this is an important resource.” She said for the next fiscal year, continued fundraising, Community Development Block Grant money and partnerships with the Friends of the Library and Oxnard Housing Authority should be able to sustain the branch for the coming fiscal years.”

Hoopla now available via Carlsbad Public Library

From Carlsbad Current Argus

” The Carlsbad Public Library staff is delighted to announce the addition of Hoopla digital media to our lineup of great content for library card holders. Hoopla is a service exclusively available through public libraries which brings hundreds of thousands of movies, television shows, complete music albums, e-books, and e-audiobooks straight to you via digital downloads. While Carlsbad Public Library has offered downloadable materials for several years, Hoopla offers some unique features which users are going to really appreciate.No waiting: Simultaneous checkouts are available for Hoopla content, which means there can be 1 user or 500 users all downloading Kanye’s latest release, enjoying a season of “Call the Midwife,” keeping up with the “Justice League” graphic novel series, or reading James Patterson’s new bestseller. There is lots of content for kids, teens, and adults. Handy genre categories in each digital format simplify your searching.”

The Week in Libraries: Macmillan CEO John Sargent writes to librarians

From Publishers Weekly

” On Tuesday, Macmillan CEO John Sargent released an open letter to librarians in which he tried to explain the good intentions behind what library supporters see as a hostile new policy.The reaction from librarians has not been good. I’ll save the more detailed reactions from librarians for next week, and for now I’ll just point to the more measured official response from ALA officials, who correct a few glaring inaccuracies and politely point out that Sargent’s letter “misrepresents ALA’s longstanding and good-faith efforts to equitably balance the rights and privileges of readers, libraries, authors, and publishers.” Meanwhile, ALA officials delivered a petition containing nearly 160,000 signatures to the Macmillan offices this week, and made a final last ditch attempt to talk things through. Specifically, ALA officials confirmed to PW that they asked Macmillan executives this week to suspend the November 1 embargo launch—after all, in his letter to librarians, Sargent conceded that his embargo “may be wrong,” and agreed to take meetings with a group of state librarians, and to visit with librarians at the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting, in January of next year.”

Congress Looking into Anticompetitive Behavior in the Digital Library Market

From Publishers Weekly

” The American Library Association (ALA) has delivered a written report to the House Judiciary Committee telling lawmakers that “unfair behavior by digital market actors,” including Amazon and some major publishers, is “doing concrete harm to libraries.” The report, delivered last week to a House antitrust subcommittee investigating competition in the digital market, comes as lawmakers are taking note of the growing backlash to Big Five publisher Macmillan’s decision to impose a two-month embargo on new release e-books in public libraries. In a September 13 letter to ALA executive director Mary Ghikas, the House Judiciary Committee asked ALA to respond to a set of questions in connection with its ongoing investigation, an invitation that came just days after an ALA press event at the Nashville Public Library kicked off a public awareness campaign calling attention to issues in the library e-book market. As of this writing, an ALA online petition opposing Macmillan’s planned embargo, launched at that press event, is approaching 150,000 signatures.”