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Feed: LIBRARY STUFF

The library weblog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development


Coming soon to your local library: guns?
04-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Will the fourth time be a charm? The Arizona Legislature appears headed once again to passing a bill that would allow Arizonans to carry concealed weapons into public buildings. Undaunted by Gov. Jan Brewer’s three – count ‘em, three – vetoes, our leaders are trying once again to to pass a law that would allow […]

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[Yale] Library acquires 2,700 VHS tapes
03-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Roughly 2,700 VHS tapes featuring titles like “Silent Night, Deadly Night,” “Toxic Zombies” and “Buried Alive” arrived at Sterling Memorial Library last week. Yale has become the first institution in the country to actively collect VHS tapes, thanks to the initiative of Kaplanoff Librarian for American History David Gary and Aaron Pratt GRD ’16. Although […]

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Librarians say access management essential but needs improvement
03-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“OpenAthens, provider of software that helps libraries connect their users to online subscription content, has shared key findings from its recent research into librarians’ experience and perceptions of identity and access management. The research, which had more than 550 participants, found that although access management is seen as critical to meeting users’ needs and gaining […]

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Texas A&M Libraries Receives Five Millionth Volume, A First-Edition Of The Hobbit
02-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Texas A&M University Libraries today acquired its five millionth volume, a rare first-edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 classic The Hobbit—a gift from award-winning sci-fi/fantasy author George R.R. Martin, creator of the best-selling book series “Game of Thrones.” “Over the last two decades the A&M Libraries has become one of the top 10 publicly-supported research libraries […]

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Missouri libraries facing funding crisis
02-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“With less funding and increased costs, Missouri libraries face a major challenge. Libraries across the state are already experiencing funding cuts, which could potentially worsen with Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed budget for 2016 that includes nearly $6 million less in funds, or an estimated 80 percent reduction, for libraries statewide. The governor’s decision to withhold […]

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Mother Teresa Painting Removed From Trumbull Library Over Copyright Infringement Complaints
02-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Trumbull officials have temporarily removed private artwork displayed in its public library to protect the town from possible litigation after concerns were raised referencing arguing the painting infringes on copyright with the use of Mother Teresa’s image. The painting, which Dr. Richard Resnick donated to the library, shows Mother Teresa and other women marching, holding […]

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UT Joins Digital Public Library of America
27-Feb-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“UT Libraries has partnered with the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tenn-Share statewide library consortium to become a service hub for the Digital Public Library of America. Tennessee’s service hub was one of four successful applicants added to the DPLA network in February 2015. For most of American history, the ability to access […]

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N.O. Public Library hopes to avert financial crisis
27-Feb-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The New Orleans Public Library is taking some steps to keep library doors open with funding running out. Thursday morning there was a Turn the Page on Literacy event for young students, with the hope of turning the page on its finances. The library is looking to make New Orleans the most literate city in […]

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Planned sale of rare books roils Gordon College
26-Feb-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“When a wealthy family bequeathed a collection of rare Bibles and Shakespeare folios to Gordon College in 1922, it came with a catch: the works had to remain intact and with the school. That’s why a descendant of the late collector Edward Payson Vining, a railroad executive and bibliophile, was surprised to learn that Gordon […]

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Legislation filed to help libraries in lawsuit
26-Feb-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“With the future of many libraries in Northern Kentucky in the hands of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, a bill introduced by a Kentucky lawmaker would address the issue at the heart of the controversial lawsuits challenging library taxes. House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, introduced the bill that would allow library boards to […]

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“She blinded me with library science”: why the Feminist Library is more vital than ever
26-Feb-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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It’s a cold afternoon in Elephant and Castle, but the meeting room at the Feminist Library is packed with women. The range of ages is startling: as young children are led in by their father, an older woman is buying the donated Chelsea buns someone has brought along. Inside the library’s meeting room, people are […]

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Notre Dame libraries launch online respository
26-Feb-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“This month, Hesburgh Libraries launched CurateND, an online repository that allows students, faculty and staff to store, manage and share their research. Users can deposit a variety of types of content, including articles, datasets, documents, images and senior theses. They can also link different files, choose who and how many people can see or make […]

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UMass students, librarians want more faculty to use open source textbooks to save students money
25-Feb-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“About 65 percent of college students don’t buy textbooks because of cost, said Matt Magalhaes, the affordable textbook campaign coordinator for MassPirg at the University of Massachusetts. Textbooks can cost students $1,200 a year. He and other students and librarians at the university are hoping that students will pressure their professors to adopt open source […]

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HistoricPlacesLA Catalogues Over 25,000 of L.A.’s Most Significant Buildings and Sites
25-Feb-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“As the head of the City of Los Angeles’s historic preservation program, I’m amazed that I still sometimes get puzzled questions from people who think L.A. has no past. “Historic preservation in Los Angeles? Do you really have anything historic to preserve?” Yes, it’s true that Los Angeles came of age later than most of […]

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Remarkable Lessons In Innovation From A Public Library
25-Feb-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“There are two ways to run a public library in a small town: the traditional way, or the Maxine Bleiweis way. For the past 17 years, Maxine has been the director of The Westport Library in our suburban town of 27,000 people. In her hands, the library hasn’t just been a place to get books. It’s […]

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HOMELESS PEOPLE NEED LIBRARIES, AND LIBRARIES NEED THEM, TOO
24-Feb-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Jeffery Bailey spends nearly every day at his public library. It’s not just that he loves books. For the 43-year-old who sleeps in a tent outside a local church, the library is pretty much the only place he can go that won’t charge him to provide safety, warmth, useful services and entertainment. Many public libraries […]

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Libraries Are Concerned About the Lack of New e-books in the Kindle Format
24-Feb-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Libraries all over the US have expressed concern to Good e-Reader that the vast majority of new e-book titles from Overdrive are not available in the Kindle format.  The few books that have been made available are from small presses and not major publishers.  Is this something to be worried about? Overdrive has the largest […]

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Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right
24-Feb-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Frank Schembari loves books — printed books. He loves how they smell. He loves scribbling in the margins, underlining interesting sentences, folding a page corner to mark his place. Schembari is not a retiree who sips tea at Politics and Prose or some other bookstore. He is 20, a junior at American University, and paging […]

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Springer partners with Copyright Clearance Center
23-Feb-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Springer has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) on a new solution enabling corporate life sciences researchers to perform text and data mining (TDM) quickly and easily across publishers. As one of the first publishers to sign onto the service, Springer will offer a significant portion of its full-text article content through the CCC service […]

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In a country like Britain, obsessed with the now, libraries are a political battleground
23-Feb-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Relative to our basic understanding of what a city’s main library ought to provide, it seems mind-boggling: 240,000 works of non-fiction, quietly taken from the shelves, and either given to other institutions or handed to a local company which “buy, recycle and find a second life” for old library stock – a polite formulation for […]

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