In Defence of Libraries, and Other Items of Interest

During a CBC discussion of Toronto’s proposed library cuts Joan Crockatt, a Calgary journalist and commentator, recently said that people don’t go to libraries anymore. Stephen Karr, our intrepid website manager, has compiled responses from the library community on his new blog.

Surrey Libraries’ new City Centre branch is featured in the latest issue of Award magazine. The article discusses building features, including LEED Silver certification, and some of the community consultation that went into its design; even the furniture. The Surrey Libraries update says its grand opening will be September 24, 2011.

In database news, H.W. Wilson has been acquired by EBSCO. Wilson databases and controlled vocabularies will be added to EBSCOhost. Nancy Davis Kho wrote on VIP Livewire that “EBSCO customers stand to gain in functionality benefits if the integration happens as planned, but it’s one less vendor on the landscape driving price competition and product improvements.” For more, read the official announcement. Thanks to Internet News blog for the story.

Another interesting item from Internet News: Zakta has released an asynchronous collaborative search tool called Search Team. It would probably be especially useful for student group work (ahem, Pacific Rim Magazine projects at Langara). Greg R. Notess discusses it further at Information Today.

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