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Feed: LIBRARY STUFF

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Miami-Dade mayor lets higher library-tax ceiling stand
28-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez won’t veto a higher property tax rate ceiling for libraries set by county commissioners. Mike Hernández, Gimenez’s spokesman, said Friday that the mayor decided to let the commission’s 8-5 vote from last week stand, even though that means the county’s overall tax rate could go against Gimenez’s wishes. “He will continue […]

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The Low-Tech Appeal of Little Free Libraries
28-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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When a 36-year-old bibliophile in Daegu, South Korea, sat down at his computer and googled the word “library,” he didn’t expect to find anything particularly noteworthy. But as DooSun You scrolled through the results, an appealingly anti-tech concept popped up. The Internet led him to Little Free Libraries—hand-built boxes where neighbors can trade novels, memoirs, […]

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8 Are Removed as Queens Library Trustees
24-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Eight members of the Queens Library board of trustees were dismissed on Wednesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the borough president, Melinda Katz, according to the mayor’s office. The board members were removed after they voted in April against firing Thomas W. Galante, director of the Queens library system, who has been under investigation […]

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Nearly 100 percent of libraries offer tech training and STEM programs, study finds
24-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“According to a new study from the American Library Association ALA, nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training. Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S. communities with the resources and skills […]

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St. Louis library opens recording studio
23-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“When Charles Thomas tells his friends he’s in the studio working on his latest release, they don’t expect to hear its being recorded at the library. ‘I tell them, ‘You want to come down you just got to bring your library card,’ says Charles Thomas. Since January he’s put in 20 two hour sessions in […]

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Library launches alternate reality game ahead of Comic-Con
23-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The Downtown Central Library is getting gamers geared up for Comic-Con in a unique way.  The public library has launched an alternate reality game that participants say is the perfect way to prepare for the upcoming four-day expo. “An alternate reality game is an interactive story that takes place in real time, in a real […]

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ALA applauds presidential signing of the workforce bill
22-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Today, President Barack Obama will sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a bill that will open access to federal funding support to public libraries for effective job training and job search programs. President Obama will sign the bill into law from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET in the White House Oval Office in Washington, […]

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Billy Joel to Receive Gerswhin Prize
22-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced that Billy Joel is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Billy Joel ranks as one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. His piano-fueled narratives take listeners into the relatable and deeply personal moments of […]

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Librarians Lack LeBron’s Pull as Miami Arena Deal Precedes Cuts
21-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Last month, Miami politicians approved a $19 million subsidy for the professional basketball arena. Six weeks later, they turned to a grimmer task: deciding how many police and librarians to fire.To plug a $64 million budget hole, Florida’s Miami-Dade County Commission this week began considering a plan to cut as many as 700 positions, including […]

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U.S. libraries become front line in fight against homelessness
17-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“George Brown, a homeless man in Washington, has a simple answer when asked how often he uses a public library. “Always. I have nowhere else to go,” Brown, 65, said outside the U.S. capital’s modernist central library after a morning reading sociology books. “When it’s hot, you come here to stay out of the heat. […]

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Libraries battle bed bugs in books
17-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The vampire in the teen romance your daughter checked out from the library is fictional — but there could be a bloodsucker lurking in the book’s binding that isn’t make believe. A bed bug was spotted in a Las Vegas-Clark County Library District bin two weeks ago in the service center where 18,000 library items […]

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Librarian transforms school bus to deliver books to kids in need
17-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“She’s a school librarian turned bus driver. Jenny Granger is delivering books to kids around Snohomish to beat the “summer slide.” Between tests in June and September, there’s a general drop in students’ scores. Granger says a big factor is the fact kids don’t read as much during the summer. “We can complain about it […]

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Multnomah County Library turns to ‘collaborative learning’ to lure teens in, keep them engaged
16-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Even in Multnomah County, where residents are known as some of the nation’s most enthusiastic library users, getting teens into the library can be a challenge. But a new effort to grasp teens’ attention – and hold it for more than a couple of hours – is showing promise. Coi Vu and her team at […]

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‘9,000 Libraries, 9,000 Mohawks’ – Could Vista’s Librarian Mohawk Challenge Become a Dare?
15-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Librarian mohawks – makes you do a double take, right? Those are two words that usually do NOT go together.But thanks to Vista, now they do, as five good-natured librarians made good on their promise this spring and got mohawks because the community pushed them to a big milestone – Vista was the first county […]

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The Digital Public Library of America: Collaboration, Content, and Technology at Scale
14-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The vision of a national digital library has been circulating among U.S. librarians, scholars, educators, and technologists since the early 1990s. Efforts led by a range of organizations—such as the Internet Archive, HathiTrust, and others—have successfully built resources that provide books, images, historical records, and audiovisual materials to anyone with Internet access. Scores of institutions […]

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For This Author, 10,000 Wikipedia Articles Is a Good Day’s Work
14-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Sverker Johansson could be the most prolific author you’ve never heard of. Volunteering his time over the past seven years publishing to Wikipedia, the 53-year-old Swede can take credit for 2.7 million articles, or 8.5% of the entire collection, according to Wikimedia analytics, which measures the site’s traffic. His stats far outpace any other user, […]

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Denver Public Library turns 125
14-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“On Monday, the Denver Public Library turned 125. The state’s largest public library system has more than 4.3 million in-person visits and 9.8 million items circulated annually.” (via 9News)

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New Hampshire students digitize Civil War letters
14-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Seven score and 12 years ago, a Civil War soldier was packing on the freshman 15 — and then some. In cheerful letters sent to his family back home in Hillsborough, Pvt. Willard Templeton describes at length the food he ate and the weight he gained as he traveled and fought with the 11th New […]

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Singapore withdraws gay penguin book from libraries
11-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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Singapore authorities have withdrawn from libraries two children’s books featuring same-sex couples, sparking controversy amid a debate on gay rights in the conservative city-state. And Tango Makes Three features a pair of gay penguins while The White Swan Express mentions a lesbian couple. Petitions for the books to be put back have garnered thousands of […]

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IMLS Announces New Awards to Strengthen Early Learning Activities at Libraries and Museums
11-Jul-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Today, IMLS announced three new awards to engage libraries and museums as key partners in comprehensive early learning strategies. Three separate awards totaling $771,854 will be awarded to the Georgia Public Library Service, OCLC, and the BUILD Initiative. These new investments follow up on recommendations made in Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create […]

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