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Spread the words: Little Free Libraries find global following
29-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Maybe “little” isn’t such an apt description anymore of those book houses people put up in their yards. Five years after Todd Bol put up the first Little Free Library in front of his house in Hudson, Wis., the grassroots book lending program has popped up everywhere from Iceland to Tasmania. There are about 25,000 […]

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App That Aims To Make Books ‘Squeaky Clean’ Draws Ire From Edited Writers
29-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“In a stroke of irony fit for fiction, an effort by two Idaho parents to clean up their daughter’s books has dredged up a fairly messy controversy. Clean Reader — an e-reader app designed to ferret out, and block, profanity in novels and nonfiction — drew significant pushback from some authors amid its recent launch. […]

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ACQUIRES RARE TROVE OF CIVIL WAR IMAGES
29-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress. The library announced the acquisition Sunday and is placing the first 77 images online. On Friday, 87-year-old Robin Stanford delivered the historic stereograph images from her collection to the […]

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Review: ‘Improbable Libraries’ a fascinating trek among the stacks
27-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“In our technology-obsessed world, libraries provide tranquil sanctuaries for zoning out with physical books.”Libraries have a long history of overcoming geographic, economic and political challenges to bring the written word to an audience,” writes Alex Johnson, a journalist at the U.K. newspaper the Independent, in the introduction to his fascinating new book, “Improbable Libraries.” Johnson […]

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UK researchers set to benefit from easier access to digital services
27-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“A new service enabling researchers to access their digital resources and applications through a single, federated sign-on is launching today thanks to Jisc. A world-first, Assent, provided by Jisc, enables simplified, seamless and secure access to the broad range of web and non-web services that researchers commonly need – from cloud, email and file storage services, […]

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New Anne Arundel library policy allows residents to borrow up to 99 DVDs
26-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The ultimate challenge: 99 movies. One hundred sixty-eight hours — if you don’t require sleep. Anne Arundel County Public Library has upped the number of movies residents can check out at one time to 99. The previous limit was 10 — five each from two different categories. “It’s always been confusing to our customers how many DVDs […]

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Toronto Public Library scraps used book buying program
25-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The Toronto Public Library is ending a fledgling program to buy used books for its collection after authors complained that they were missing out on royalties and the pilot project proved disappointing, the city’s chief librarian said Tuesday. Launched Dec. 1, the initiative allowed Toronto residents to sell used books to the library for $5, […]

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New York Public Library to Break Ground on Expansion of Underground Storage for Research Materials at Iconic Building
24-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The New York Public Library breaks ground this week on a significant expansion of modern underground storage at its iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The project – approved by the Library’s Board of Trustees in September 2012 – will transform 55,700 square feet of raw space underneath Bryant Park […]

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Former Alamo custodians sue for artifacts in collection
24-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“A group that served as guardians of the Alamo for more than a century before the state of Texas announced it was taking over day-to-day management of the historic site is suing for control of more than 30,000 books and artifacts at its library. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas filed suit Monday against […]

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Four Kentucky university libraries select OCLC WorldShare Management Services
24-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Louisville have selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as their library management system. WorldShare Management Services (WMS) provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite. WMS offers librarians a cost-effective way to manage workflows efficiently, and improve access to library […]

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University of Rochester Libraries join HathiTrust
24-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The University of Rochester Libraries have become one of the newest members of HathiTrust, a worldwide partnership of more than one hundred major research institutions and libraries working to preserve and provide access to the cultural record in digital form. The University’s membership offers students, faculty, and staff access to nearly five million books in […]

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Qatar Digital Library Preserves The Music Of A Vanishing Past
23-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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The songs our grandparents sang can tell us who we are. Here in the U.S., the Lomax family became famous in the 1930s, when they recorded America’s folk music.In other countries that are changing fast, people are also trying to hold onto their heritage. The tiny, super-rich state of Qatar takes pride in its modernity, […]

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Public library explores around-the-clock service
23-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“What started as a nonprofit’s effort to find a safe spot for homeless youth has evolved into an experiment in making a public library more relevant to its community. The Salt Lake City Public Library recently launched an online survey to gather input on what residents would like to see if it opened around the […]

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Cuts Likely To Shutter Vt. Law Library
23-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“A nearly $500,000 cut to the Vermont Department of Libraries will likely result in the closure of the state law library. Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee decided to go with the governor’s recommendation to reduce the budget. According to State Librarian Martha Reid, the department is working with a consultant to determine the […]

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Appeals court: Ky. library tax is legal
20-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Libraries in Kentucky might not have to close after all. The Kentucky Court of Appeals in a 3-0 decision reversed two circuit court decisions in Kenton and Campbell counties that declared that libraries in those counties had improperly raised taxes for decades, according to a statement from the Kenton County Libraries.” (via cincinnati.com)

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Libraries are Undergoing a Revival as Apartment Buildings
20-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“In white-hot real estate markets like NYC, developers continue to seek out rapidly diminishing land for new projects. Many budget challenged local libraries, which operate on public land, continue to face a difficult challenge of operating in older buildings with maintenance and services that haven’t kept up with the times. Recently several public-private partnerships between […]

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Ann Dougherty, 57, librarian who wrote love letters for patrons
20-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“ANN DOUGHERTY used to say she felt like Cyrano, the fictional character who wrote love letters for a fellow soldier in the famous French play by Edmond Rostand. Ann did the same for a number of male patrons of the Free Library’s Rodriguez branch, including a Spanish-speaking man who wanted to woo an English-speaking woman. […]

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New York City’s libraries badly in need of repairs: report
20-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“After years of being shortchanged by the city, some of New York’s libraries look like something out of a Gothic novel — with spooky abandoned spaces, leaky ceilings and chilly rooms, a new report found. The problems are so profound that the libraries need a whopping $1.1 billion to cover routine maintenance costs, according to […]

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Orland Park Library to pay $55K to settle lawsuits related to Internet porn\
20-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Orland Park Public Library officials have approved a settlement with two patrons who sued the library over alleged transparency law violations in an ongoing dispute over the library’s policy of giving adults unfiltered access to the Internet, including pornography. Last fall, Megan Fox and Kevin DuJan filed two lawsuits against the library, alleging several violations […]

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Charity Providing Refugees With Library-in-a-Box to Launch in UK
19-Mar-15   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“An international charity which promotes culture and knowledge-based development and provides pop-up, self-contained libraries for refugees is launching its UK branch on March 30. Paris-based Bibliothèques Sans Frontières, or Libraries Without Borders, is a non-profit humanitarian organisation devoted to expanding access to knowledge in the developing world.” (via Newsweek)

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