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Multnomah County Library launches $500,000 study focused on bridging ‘digital divide’
24-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

Posted in News

“The Multnomah County Library is teaming up with Portland State University to tackle the “digital divide” between low-income people and their wealthier counterparts nationwide. Library leaders announced plans this week to launch an extensive study of low-income library users’ technology habits and needs. They’ll share the results of that study with colleagues across the nation, […]

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Oakland libraries imperiled by budget cuts
23-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

Posted in News

“Next summer Oakland could lose as many as six to eight of its libraries, though it’s too soon to tell which branches might end up on the chopping block. Funded partly by the city’s general fund and partly by Measure Q—a parcel tax issued in 2004 to expand library services and add a sixth day of […]

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Linda Hall Library bets on print over digital
23-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“As a product of the digital age, I’ve been conditioned to believe that anything worth saving is worth saving to an external hard drive. Paper can be ripped, lost, swept away, spilled on or destroyed in any number of ways. For me, digital has always been the way preserve information for the future. Luckily, the […]

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So Little Paper to Chase in a Law Firm’s New Library
23-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The law firm Kaye Scholer left a lot behind when it moved this month from 425 Park Avenue in Manhattan, where it had been since 1957, into new quarters at 250 West 55th Street.It left behind offices that had served giants like Milton Handler, one of whose students, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, called him a […]

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Lexis Advance Named Best Online Legal Research Provider by Readers in The Legal Intelligencer
22-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, a leading provider of content and technology solutions, announced today that Lexis Advance®, the company’s dynamic, next-generation legal information service, has been voted the best online legal research provider in The Legal Intelligencer’s “Best of 2014” survey of Pennsylvania legal professionals. This recognition is one of six “Gold” category wins for […]

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World Series: SF, KC libraries engage in Dewey Decimal Duel
22-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“As it turns out, librarians can bring better trash talk than “Shush!” On the eve of World Series Game 1 between the Giants and Royals, the San Francisco Public Library and its Kansas City counterpart engaged in a war of words on Twitter. And it’s clear the thesaurus got a workout.” (via San Jose Mercury […]

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After Queens scandal, bills introduced to open up books at city libraries
22-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“After Queens library boss Tom Galante was revealed to be blowing library cash on perks for himself and his cronies, legislation will be introduced in the City Council Wednesday to force city libraries to open their books. The bills, sponsored by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens), would require public annual reports detailing all library capital […]

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[Calgary Public] Library to trim about 300,000 books from collection
22-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The Calgary Public Library wants to reduce its book stocks by about 300,000 in order to free up more space in the buildings to run programs. The surplus books will be cleared out before the end of the year. They will be sold through a re-seller. Calgary Public Library CEO Bill Ptacek told CBC Radio’s Calgary […]

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San Antonio airport installs digital library kiosks for travelers
21-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The San Antonio International Airport has unveiled two Digital Library kiosks that will allow travelers to check out digital media to take on trips. The kiosks were funded by the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library at a cost of $26,000. The kiosks will allow library patrons to browse the library’s digital media content […]

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Videos Show Value of Code of Best Practices in Fair Use
21-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Today, October 21, 2014, ARL released three videos on the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, a clear and easy-to-use statement of reasonable approaches to fair use of copyrighted material, developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education. With generous support from The Andrew W. […]

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ALA responds to Eleventh Circuit Court’s encouraging “fair use” decision in Georgia State University case
21-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit handed down an important decision in Cambridge University Press et al. v. Carl V. Patton et al. concerning the permissible “fair use” of copyrighted works in electronic reserves for academic courses. Although publisher’s sought to bar the uncompensated excerpting of copyrighted material for “e-reserves,” […]

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Vatican Library Making 4,000 Ancient Manuscripts Available Online For Free
21-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The Vatican Apostolic Library is now digitising its valuable ancient religious manuscripts and putting them online via its website, available for the public to view for free, as well as turning to crowdfunding to help it complete its work. The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 AD and holds over 80,000 manuscripts, prints, drawings, plates and […]

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UNC libraries to open three research hubs
21-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“After months of renovations, the second floor of Davis Library is open for research. Davis Library is one of three University libraries that hosts a research hub, which Judy Panitch, director of library communications, said will be the ideal place for students to perform cutting-edge research. “(The Research Hub) is serving as kind of a point for […]

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LexisNexis Acquires Moreover Technologies
20-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, a leading provider of content and technology solutions, today announced that it has acquired Moreover Technologies, Inc., a leading global content delivery service and provider of consolidated current awareness and media management solutions. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. News monitoring and distribution is a large and growing global […]

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Librarians Are Dedicated to User Privacy. The Tech They Have to Use Is Not.
20-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Adobe has made it extremely easy for unwanted eyes to read over the shoulders of library patrons. Earlier this month reports surfaced about how Adobe’s Digital Editions e-book software collects and transmits information about readers in plain text.* That insecure transmission allows the government, corporations, or potential hackers to intercept information about patron reading habits, including […]

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Designing libraries that are relevant in the digital age
20-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“With the huge amounts of information now available online, we take a look at how libraries are designing for the 21st century.cEven though it’s still weeks from opening, the new Halifax Central Library is getting lots of attention. And not just because of its 57 million dollar cost. It’s earned international attention as one of […]

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U’s Middle East Library is Home to “Enthusiastic” Librarian
20-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“This library, as one hears from others, is extraordinary,” said Leonard Chiarelli, associate librarian at the Marriott Library. Chiarelli is in charge of the Aziz S. Atiya Middle East Library, one of the most respected centers for research in Middle East studies. Raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Chiarelli earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Pace […]

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War of words: Book purge called necessary, but pains Chattanooga Public Library supporters
19-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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Chattanooga’s Public Library is shedding books by the thousands. Over the past two years, Library Director Corinne Hill has reduced the library’s collection by nearly half. She says it’s part of a national trend — libraries aren’t just about books anymore. “Every library in the country has had some level of discontent with regards to […]

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Mayor’s Office proposes letting police check out library patron information
18-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The Omaha Mayor’s Office would like law enforcement officials to be able to access personal information from Omahans’ library cards in emergencies, setting off a debate over patrons’ privacy. Mayor Jean Stothert’s chief of staff, Marty Bilek, appeared before the Omaha Public Library’s board Thursday to ask for a change in the library’s policy. The […]

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Sensing subversion, China throws the book at kids’ libraries
18-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“When she got off school last Thursday, Huang Qiufeng, the high spirited 12-year old daughter of migrant workers, dropped by the local library in this scruffy village on the outskirts of Beijing, as she does from time to time. She found it closed, replaced by a convenience store. The brightly painted letters on the wall […]

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