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Salt Lake City Library Board selects new executive director
22-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Peter Bromberg has been named the executive director of the Salt Lake City Public Library.He comes to Salt Lake City from the Salt Lake County Library system, where he served as the associate director for public services.His resume also includes: associate director of Princeton (New Jersey) Public Library; and assistant director at the South Jersey […]

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Google’s New App Brings Hundreds of Museums to Your Phone
22-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Not everyone can visit Sicily’s Valley of the Temples, home to some of the world’s oldest examples of classic Greek architecture. Nor can they view the soft colors of Claude Monet’s “Tiger Lilies” in person at Tokyo’s National Museum of Western Art. Despite being made for the masses, art and culture are often inaccessible. Google’s Cultural Institute wants to change that. In the […]

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Toronto Public Library reveals its website searches in real time
21-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Bulletproof coffee, brain games for puppies, Donald Trump sucks.What do they all have in common?They’re all recent searches on the Toronto Public Library’s website.The library has developed a tool using Google analytics that pulls search topics into one spot and updates in real time, offering a fascinating glimpse into the city’s psyche — and a […]

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British academics are moving from books to journals to share their scholarship
21-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“British academics have shunned books and monographs in favor of journal articles over the past two decades, new analysis shows, in what appears to be further evidence that controversial journal impact factors are shaping research. The consulting group Digital Science looked at the forms of research academics have submitted to U.K. research assessments since 1992, […]

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EFF: Controversial copyright law unconstitutional
21-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the government to remove a controversial clause in a long-controversial copyright law.The digital liberties organization is suing to remove “anti-circumvention” restrictions from Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), long a thorn in civil libertarians’ craw.The DMCA was signed in 1998. Originally intended to protect the arts industries from online privacy, it […]

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Why Libraries Are Everywhere in the Czech Republic
21-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“In the age of Amazon and the internet, the idea of going to a public library to borrow a book may seem ever more quaint and old-fashioned in many parts of the world, but one country, at least, is clinging to it tenaciously: the Czech Republic. There are libraries everywhere you look in the country […]

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Staten Island Historical Newspapers Now Online
20-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The New York Public Library just posted more than 9,000 pages from The Richmond County Advance online, covering the years 1886 to 1910. Find them at nypl.org/sinewspapers. This “NYPL Innovation Project” began with the scanning of the Advance from the collections of Historic Richmond Town. It is the largest batch of historical Staten Island papers […]

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Researchers Find Answers With New On-Demand Information Concierge Service
20-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Research Solutions, Inc. (OTCQB: RSSS), a pioneer in providing on-demand access to scientific, technical and medical (STM) information for research-intensive organizations, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Reprints Desk, Inc. has added a new human-powered information search and alerting service for researchers and scientists to its cloud-based Article Galaxy solution designed to collect, track […]

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What the ‘First Black Woman’ Librarian of Congress Mean
19-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The Senate confirmed Carla D. Hayden as the 14th Librarian of Congress last week. She is being hailed as “the first woman and the first African American” to hold the position.In our cultural discourse around firsts, “woman” usually means white woman, the largest recipients of affirmative action in the American workplace; “African American” signifies “black […]

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James J. Hill library seeks 21st century role
19-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“James J. Hill was perhaps the richest Minnesotan ever. The railroad baron and financier known as the Empire Builder may have been worth more than $6 billion in today’s dollars when he died about a century ago. He founded a grand namesake library in St. Paul to help other entrepreneurs succeed. Now, the library’s leaders […]

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Library of Congress wracked by DNS attack
19-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The Library of Congress was the target of a denial-of-service attack that has knocked out Congress.gov and the U.S. Copyright Office website, and caused outages at other sites hosted by the library. Library spokesperson Gayle Osterberg told FCW that the DNS attack was launched July 17 and continues to affect library operations, including internal websites […]

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Digital maps at the Osher Map Library show promise and perils of digitization.
18-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine is a treasure trove for the cartographically inclined. Its collection, which contains close to 450,000 items, spans the centuries, covering everything from a Ptolemaic chart of the world to a record of postal routes in the Dakota Territory. For much of the past decade, the […]

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From private collection to lending library: Quatrefoil grows as resource for LGBT community
15-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Rainbow flags hang prominently in the windows of the Quatrefoil Library on Lake Street in Minneapolis. Housed on the ground floor of a residential building, the library is open on weekends and weeknights, and run entirely by volunteers. Kathy Robbins has been the head librarian for 15 years. “I became a librarian in real life, […]

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Libraries across the country look to Hennepin County Library for response to Black Lives Matter
15-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Libraries may seem an unlikely place to go in the search for answers after the police shooting of Philando Castile and Black Lives Matter protests in the Twin Cities.But the Hennepin County Library, the state’s largest library system, has responded by launching a Black Lives Matter teen reading list that is now being replicated at […]

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Library of Congress Acquires Archives of the American Association of Geographers
15-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The American Association of Geographers (AAG)—a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904—is donating its archives to the Library of Congress. The acquisition will be housed in the Library’s Geography and Map Division, which holds the largest map and geography collection in the world.For more than 100 years, AAG has contributed to the advancement […]

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Windsor library promotes drunken spelling bee
15-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“There’s already plenty of buzz about an adult spelling bee scheduled at Phog Lounge next week.Owner Tom Lucier partnered with the Windsor Public Library to host the event that gives adults an opportunity to relive their glory days, only this time with a few drinks from the bar.And there’s plenty of smack talk about the Buzzed Bee, according […]

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Susanne Mehrer Named Dartmouth’s Dean of Libraries
14-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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Susanne Mehrer, the deputy librarian of Cambridge University Library in Cambridge, England, has been named Dartmouth’s dean of libraries. She will begin the role on Dec. 1, 2016. “Dartmouth’s library is the lifeblood of our liberal arts mission—the treasured archive of our past and a crucial partner in the creation of the knowledge of the […]

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Senate Confirms Carla Hayden as 14th Librarian of Congress
14-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The United States Senate today by a vote of 74-18 confirmed Dr. Carla D. Hayden, longtime chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association, as the 14th Librarian of Congress, for a renewable 10-year term.Dr. Hayden was nominated by President Barack Obama in […]

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Librarian Julie Swierczek Calls Social Media “Wild West” of Archiving World
13-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Librarian Julie Swierczek is interested in how context may be preserved or lost in archiving social media for a future audience. In the wake of Prince’s death, Swierczek spoke to The Atlantic about the challenges presented by archiving digital presences, specifically Twitter accounts” (via Swarthmore College)

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The New York Public Library — We’re introducing SimplyE…
12-Jul-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“We’re introducing SimplyE, a new app that gives NYPL cardholders the ability to browse, borrow, and read more than 300,000 free e-books from the Library, in just a few steps.” (via NYPL)

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