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Feed: LIBRARY STUFF

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Senator demands US courts recover 10 years of online public records
14-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The head of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee is urging the federal bureaucracy to restore a decade’s worth of electronic court documents that were deleted last month from online viewing because of an upgrade to a computer database known as PACER. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) said the removal of the thousands of […]

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Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons’ electronic privacy
14-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications — and what new privacy-protecting […]

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Find A Grave Celebrates 100 Million Photos On Site!
12-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“When Jim Tipton launched FindAGrave.com in 1995, little did he know the impact the site would have over the next 19 years. What began as a site to record graves of the famous has turned into a resource to share and discover the graves of everyone from paupers to presidents. Over the years, hundreds of thousands […]

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Queens Library chief Thomas Galante placed on paid leave pending results of city and federal investigations
12-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The story of embattled Queens library chief Thomas Galante entered a new chapter Thursday night after he was put on indefinite leave by the board.< Galante, who has headed up the Queens public library since 2003, will get full pay while he is out on leave, board members said after a heated session behind closed […]

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IMLS Awards $9.2 Million to Improve Library Services in the U.S.
11-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants for 51 library projects, totaling $9,291,441, that will advance library and archives practice by addressing challenges in the field and by testing and evaluating innovations. The projects were selected from 212 applications through the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Sparks! Ignition Grants […]

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Reanimation Library Breathes New Life Into Old Books
11-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“There exists a book, published in 1955, called A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates, which is exactly what it sounds like. Aside from the front matter — copyright materials, the publisher’s name — it contains nothing but lines of numbers, arranged into columns. Its creator, the RAND corporation, explains the text’s initial function: […]

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Anyone Can Pivot: What The Changing Role Of Librarians Means For You
11-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“While students were in love with EasyBib when we first introduced it in 2001, we also had some no-so-happy opponents. As a service that saved time by automating the process of creating citations and bibliographies, many librarians and English teachers initially weren’t thrilled. They believed we were indirectly taking away the learning process of creating […]

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[Philadelphia] Free Library gets its biggest grant ever
11-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The William Penn Foundation is extending its longtime role as primary benefactor of the Free Library of Philadelphia by awarding the library the biggest grant in the history of either institution. The Free Library will receive $25 million from William Penn over three years, helping to pay for renovations at the Central Library downtown, plus […]

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Libraries may digitize books without permission, EU top court rules
11-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“European libraries may digitize books and make them available at electronic reading points without first gaining consent of the copyright holder, the highest European Union court ruled Thursday. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in a case in which the Technical University of Darmstadt digitized a book published by German publishing […]

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Wesleyan U. fires university librarian after disagreement with provost
11-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Wesleyan University last month fired its head librarian after a prolonged debate over the role of a library at a liberal arts institution. Patricia A. Tully, a 10-year veteran with the university, served as the Caleb T. Winchester university librarian from March 2010 until her firing last month. The news was first reported by the […]

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The New York Public Library Receives $200,000 Grant From The New York Life Foundation For After-School Programming
10-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The New York Public Library (NYPL) has received a $200,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to support its after-school programming for middle school students.  The grant will be used to expand the Library’s Enrichment Zones, where trained educators work directly with students in grades one through eight, providing one-on-one and small-group tutoring to […]

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EBSCO Introduces New Magazine Archives Including Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek
10-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Libraries can own the 20th century collections of two of the leading business magazines now that the complete backfiles for Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek are available from EBSCO Information Services. The entire digital archives going back to volume 1, issue 1 of the magazines are included in EBSCO’s Forbes Digital Archive™ and Bloomberg Businessweek Digital […]

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University of Michigan introduces new napping rooms in libraries
10-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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Napping is now an acceptable activity in libraries – at least, for students attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The university launched a pilot program for napping stations to be installed into their libraries for the fall 2014 semester. According to Time, the rooms will be “first-come, first-serve [places] with a 30-minute time limit […]

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Gonzalez: Queens Library chief likely to be suspended in upcoming meeting
10-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Thomas Galante will soon be checking out as Queens Library chief. The library’s revamped board of trustees is expected to approve a resolution Thursday night to indefinitely suspend Galante, the group’s $392,000-a-year president and CEO, according to several board sources. Gabriel Taussig, chairman of the trustees, declined a request for comment on Galante’s fate, and […]

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Rosa Parks’ archive heads to Library of Congress
10-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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Hundreds of items from civil rights icon Rosa Parks that were long kept hidden away in a New York warehouse will have a new home at the Library of Congress for the next 10 years.Library officials announced Tuesday night that Howard Buffett, the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, is loaning the entire collection to […]

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Taking A Long-Overdue Sledgehammer To The Public Library
10-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The day after the Oakland Public Library reopens after a long weekend, branch manager Nick Raymond doesn’t have time to talk. “I could give you maybe five seconds,” he says good-naturedly before returning to the flocking patrons.It’s a scene more typical of a blockbuster opening at a movie theater than Wednesday afternoon at a library. […]

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Public libraries work with local communities and artists to create a War Memorial for the digital age
08-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Original letters, photographs and newspapers from library collections inspire community groups and artists to create a unique response to the First World War that can be accessed online. The Digital War Memorial, created by public libraries working with their local communities and established artists, will be launched today at the British Library by Ed Vaizey […]

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Florida Polytechnic Library Goes Book-Free
08-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“A university library without books? What is higher education coming to? NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Kathryn Miller at Florida Polytechnic University about the school’s new bookless library.” (via NPR)

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Libraries in Brooklyn Add Hours and Staff
08-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Even on a Friday morning, the Macon branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in Bedford-Stuyvesant was buzzing: Every computer was being used, laptops had been lent out, patrons were asking for résumé advice and more than a few people were reading actual books. To accommodate that busyness, which borough librarians say is common to all […]

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Are libraries banning anti-gay books? Conservative activist Laurie Higgins thinks so.
08-Sep-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The Illinois Family Institute has long been listed as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, so news that their “cultural analyst” Laurie Higgins has said something incendiary about LGBTQ people is not a surprise. This time, however, the particular focus of her anti-gay rant is worth considering, if only because it partakes […]

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