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Feed: LIBRARY STUFF

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With no fixed address, two men start Toronto’s only underpass library
03-Sep-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Al is an avid reader. He estimates he reads a different book every two days. He reads so much, people give him new books all the time. Al had so many books, he and a friend decided to start their own library. Only Al has no fixed address. He lives on the street, and so […]

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New User Research Center Opens Its Doors
03-Sep-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Visitors to the Harvard Library User Research Center open house on August 27 had the opportunity to try out new tools that provide insight into how users interact with online interfaces, physical spaces, and public services. The User Research Center, located in Lamont Library and available for use by all library staff, provides a space […]

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The public library in an Internet age: Walton Erickson Public Library
03-Sep-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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Although Walton Erickson Memorial Library in Morley is one of only six libraries left in the state that uses a physical card catalog instead of an automated one, that doesn’t mean it’s technology deficient. The library has six computers, often occupied by patrons who come to file their taxes, book bus and plane tickets, or […]

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The public library in an Internet age: a series from Michigan Radio
02-Sep-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Pre-Wikipedia there was the encyclopedia. Pre-Google there was the reference desk. In the age of the Internet, what’s the future of the local library? “They will be even more of community spaces than they are today,” said Judith Fields, a professional-in-residence at the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science, who spent much […]

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Berkeley Public Library director resigns amid contention over book weeding
01-Sep-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Jeff Scott, the director of library services for the Berkeley Public Library, announced his resignation Monday after multiple protests related to the removal of thousands of books from the library’s inventory. Scott’s resignation will take effect Sept. 8, less than a year after he was appointed to the position. Sarah Dentan, acting deputy director, will […]

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School and Library Spotlight: How Schools Buy and Use E-Books
30-Aug-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Debate over the pros and cons of implementing e-books into schools continues to be robust in publishing and educational circles. But most observers agree that e-books are here to stay—at least for the foreseeable future, which is the best anyone can predict in an era of technological advances. As a new academic year kicks off […]

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Denver Library brews a month of craft beer, coffee and tea events
30-Aug-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“There’s more to libraries than books. To prove it, the Denver Public Library has brewed up a month of events focused on craft beer, coffee, kombucha and even comedy. BrewHa!Ha! kicks off next week with two beer releases plus lessons on brewing kombucha and herbal potions. There are also coffee tastings throughout the month, lessons […]

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This Librarian Bicycles Around San Francisco Towing a Miniature Library With Free Books
30-Aug-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“School librarian Alicia Tapia is on a mission to spread the love of reading. Knowing the important influence books can have on literacy and learning she started towing a miniature library around San Francisco in 2013. She calls her creation Bibliobicicleta.” (via Visual News)

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Semi filled with books helped Biloxi library get back in business
30-Aug-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Ten years ago, a semi truck full of books was bound for a public library in hurricane-ravaged Biloxi, Mississippi. Dozens of cardboard boxes had been sorted, packed and labeled — children’s stories, young adult fiction, adult novels and reference books. Nearly all of them had been collected by one man in Columbia.” (via The Missourian)

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British Library turns down Taliban archive because of UK terror laws
30-Aug-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The British Library is refusing to store a collection of Taliban material because of UK anti-terrorism legislation. It took the decision not to store the archive, which has been compiled over the past three years, on legal advice. The library was told that it could be in breach of the law if it made the […]

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How the New York Public Library digitizes its vast map collection
27-Aug-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“While much of the city’s mapping community is focused on creating something new, a great deal of energy also goes into recovering maps that are quite old. The New York Public Library, the spiritual heart of the city’s mapmaking community, is gradually putting online its vast collection of 435,000 maps. This past January, it received […]

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Amazon e-book deal with NYC public schools postponed as blind advocates say it would leave out visually impaired students
26-Aug-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“City education officials have shelved a $30 million deal to give students electronic books after advocates complained it would exclude the visually impaired. Online retail giant Amazon had been poised to land the groundbreaking, three-year contract to create a new e-book marketplace for the Big Apple’s 1,800 public schools. But Department of Education officials said […]

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Colombian Garbage Collector Rescues Books for Children
26-Aug-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“A second-grade education has not stopped garbage collector Jose Gutierrez from bringing the gift of reading to thousands of Colombian children. Gutierrez started rescuing books from the trash almost 20 years ago, when he was driving a garbage truck at night through the capital’s wealthier neighborhoods. The discarded reading material slowly piled up, and now […]

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Duke librarian doubles as scrabble whiz
24-Aug-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“For Duke librarian Hannah Rozear, playing Scrabble is more than just a rainy day activity. Rozear, librarian for institutional services at Perkins Library, recently placed fifth in her division at the North American Scrabble Championship in Reno, Nev. The event—which ran from Aug. 1-5—featured approximately 350 players from around the world and included prize money […]

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Madison to be named Little Free Libraries’ first ‘City of Distinction’
24-Aug-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“According to the founder of the Little Free Libraries movement, Madison is the city that made it all possible — and, this weekend, Madison will receive the organization’s first “City of Distinction” award in recognition of that. “When I started this, I thought to myself, ‘Where in this country would you test this to see […]

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Turning a page: downsizing the campus book collections
24-Aug-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“When, in 2005, the University of Chicago entered into a US$81 million renovation of a major library building, one of the primary goals was to ensure that the university’s collection of printed books in the social sciences and humanities would remain under one roof. That goal was achieved six years later. However, it also meant […]

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An idiosyncratic library squirreled away in SoMa
24-Aug-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“It’s difficult, very likely even impossible, to explain the Prelinger Library without also discussing its founders, Megan and Rick Prelinger. In so many ways, the library is them. “It is a map of our shared consciousnesses,” Rick says. Each object is a reflection of their interests, the organizing principals follow their own streams of consciousness, […]

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Review: A Despairing Librarian Is Ready to Check Out in ‘After Words’
21-Aug-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“In September, television viewers will have a chance to see Marcia Gay Harden play a brusque, decisive, rule-bending doctor in the new CBS drama “Code Black.” Anyone who wants to see her play more or less the polar opposite of that character is hereby referred to “After Words,” a romance novel of a movie featuring […]

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World’s first public-library Starbucks coming to downtown Tulsa after renovations complete
21-Aug-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Tulsa’s Central Library will be the first public library in the world to house a Starbucks location, according to an announcement Thursday. In a meeting of Tulsa City-County Library oversight commission, an update on the downtown Central Library renovation included news that the popular coffeehouse would be housed in the space at Fourth Street and […]

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Baltimore writer returns overdue library book 34 years late
20-Aug-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“When faced with the unenviable task of going through her late mother’s personal effects, Baltimore-area writer Michele Wojciechowski uncovered something she hadn’t seen in over three decades. While rooting through a cabinet over her mother’s refrigerator, she discovered an old paperback copy of “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” adapted and illustrated by Alice and Joel Schick. The […]

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