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Tolkien annotated map of Middle-earth acquired by Bodleian library
03-May-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Here be dragons – and wolves, bears, witches, camels, elephants, orcs, elves and hobbits. A map of Middle-earth, which to generations of fans remains the greatest fantasy world ever created, heavily annotated by JRR Tolkien, has been acquired by the Bodleian library in Oxford to add to the largest collection in the world of material […]

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Harvard Book Store and Shelfie Partner to Offer Ebook Bundles
03-May-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Harvard Book Store and Shelfie have partnered up to offer ebook bundles on a select number of New York Times best-selling books. If you visit the Harvard Book Store, you’ll find these shelf talkers around the store!We are very excited about this partnership. In summer 2014, Shelfie embarked on its first independent bookstore campaign. We’re pleased to […]

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Deal with city averts library workers strike
02-May-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The city and its library workers have closed the book on another contentious round of bargaining and avoided a strike.CUPE Local 4948 announced early Monday that it had reached a tentative contract agreement with the City of Toronto. The union’s 2,200 library workers were in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. Monday, but […]

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Obama, first lady review library design proposals
01-May-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“President Barack Obama is reviewing design proposals for his future presidential library from the seven architectural firms chosen as finalists.The White House says the president’s wife, Michelle, joined him at Sunday’s meeting in Washington with staff of the Barack Obama Foundation.The foundation plans to build the library in one of two parks on Chicago’s South […]

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Truro public library shuts down after 48 years, prepares to move
01-May-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Thousands of books have come and gone through the doors of the Regional Centennial Memorial Library building in Truro, N.S. since it opened in 1968. Today the last books will be lent out from the building on Prince Street before it is shut down for good and eventually demolished.Janet Pelley has spent much of her life […]

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Notre Dame and Vatican Library to celebrate new collaboration
29-Apr-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The University of Notre Dame and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, or Vatican Library, will formalize a unique agreement of collaboration and exchange in a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. May 9 (Monday) in the Hesburgh Room of the Morris Inn, where Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, O.P., archivist and […]

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Guarding the dazzle of the past
29-Apr-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Inside the four-story, glass-and-concrete building near Harvard Square, past busy coffee shops and restaurants, Harvard social clubs, and a flower store, women and men in white ministered to rare books and unique materials from Harvard Library to save them from the ravages of time.It was a spring afternoon, and specialists at the Weissman Preservation Center […]

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Library of Congress to retire Thomas
29-Apr-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The legislative website Thomas, a relic of the World Wide Web’s early days, will be retired by the Library of Congress on July 5. The more modern website and database Congress.gov, which launched in beta in 2012, will replace it.Thomas, named for the library’s benefactor Thomas Jefferson, launched in 1995, and was from the outset […]

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Who’s reading millions of stolen research papers on the outlaw website Sci-Hub? Now we know.
28-Apr-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The $10 billion world of academic publishing has been roiled in recent months by Alexandra Elbakyan, a 27-year-old grad student from Kazakhstan who set up an online database of 50 million stolen academic research papers for anyone to download for free.Scholars have long denounced a publishing system in which they provide their research for free […]

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Commissioners agree to ask for $30 million for new library in Missoula
28-Apr-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Missoula County commissioners wholeheartedly agreed Wednesday to place a $30-million library bond on the November ballot pending a financing agreement with the Missoula Public Library board. If voters say yes, the money will help finance construction of a four-story, 121,000-square-foot library – three times the size of the current building – with underground parking on […]

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Video Cameras in Minneapolis Central Library Bathrooms Unsettle Visitors
28-Apr-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“You might not expect to walk into a public bathroom and find a camera fixed in the ceiling staring back at you. However, that’s exactly what you will see if you head into a bathroom at the Central Library downtown Minneapolis.    Said Ali says, while studying at the central library, a friend of his went […]

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ACRL report shows compelling evidence of library contributions to student learning and success
27-Apr-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“A new report issued by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), “Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus Projects,” shows compelling evidence for library contributions to student learning and success. The report focuses on dozens of projects conducted as part of the program Assessment […]

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Kevin L. Smith arrives on campus as dean of KU Libraries
27-Apr-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Kevin L. Smith, former director of copyright and scholarly communication at Duke University, has joined the University of Kansas as dean for KU Libraries. Smith succeeds interim co-deans Kent Miller and Mary Roach, who assumed their roles following the departure of Dean Lorraine Haricombe. Haricombe was named vice provost and director of libraries at the […]

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Toronto library workers say they’re heading for strike
27-Apr-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“More than 2,000 library workers will strike Monday, shutting Toronto’s 100 branches, unless the city gets serious about negotiating a new contract, their union says.With a strike or lockout possible at midnight Sunday, talks are at a “crisis point,” Maureen O’Reilly, president of CUPE Local 4948, told reporters Wednesday.“I am extremely concerned about the state […]

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Find, Prioritize, and Recommend: An article recommendation system to fill knowledge gaps across Wikipedia
27-Apr-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The French Wikipedia may have more than 20,000 articles on individual asteroids, but if you are one of 27 million people speaking Hausa as a first language, Wikipedia doesn’t yet have an entry on the universe. The English Wikipedia may have more than 5 million articles on topics as diverse as extreme sports or unusual […]

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The New England Journal of Medicine Content Now Discoverable through ReadCube
26-Apr-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“ReadCube is pleased to announce its agreement with the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the world’s most trusted and influential source of medical knowledge and clinical best practices, to index its content across ReadCube’s platform as a part of the Discover service. Over 180,000 articles including original research, review, perspective, and commentary articles are […]

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Wikipedia Is Basically a Corporate Bureaucracy, According to a New Study
26-Apr-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Wikipedia is a voluntary organization dedicated to the noble goal of decentralized knowledge creation. But as the community has evolved over time, it has wandered further and further from its early egalitarian ideals, according to a new paper published in the journal Future Internet. In fact, such systems usually end up looking a lot like […]

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The Next Librarian of Congress: History Has Its Eyes on Her
26-Apr-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“In February 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Carla D. Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, for the open Librarian of Congress position–which has been temporarily filled by David S. Mao after James H. Billington retired in September 2015. … The first step to confirming Hayden’s nomination is approval by the U.S. […]

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Library director reflects on dramatic changes as retirement draws near
26-Apr-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“People who have known Skokie Public Library Director Carolyn Anthony for more than three decades also know that the library she will leave behind this summer has little resemblance to the one she inherited.The library has expanded and been redesigned and reorganized; long-needed parking was finally acquired; resources and databases and materials for checkout were […]

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Weeding the Worst Library Books
26-Apr-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Last summer, in Berkeley, California, librarians pulled roughly forty thousand books off the shelves of the public library and carted them away. The library’s director, Jeff Scott, announced that his staff had “deaccessioned” texts that weren’t regularly checked out. But the protesters who gathered on the library’s front steps to decry what became known as “Librarygate” preferred a […]

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