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ProQuest Expands Publisher Participation in Access-to-Own to Include Almost 400,000 Titles
24-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“With its newest acquisition model launching next month, ProQuest has grown the number of titles available through Access-to-Own to almost 400,000 and dramatically increased publisher participation in just eight months. ProQuest developed Access-to-Own in collaboration with libraries and publishers around the world to provide a usage-based acquisition model that offers a balanced approach and a […]

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See the Gutenberg Bible, 32,000 3D Mechanical Puzzles and a Lock of Edgar Allen Poe’s Hair at This Rare Library
24-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Only 48 copies of the Gutenberg Bible exist today, both in partial and full form. The book was the first major work produced on a printing press with movable type in 1455—and Indiana University’s Lilly Library in Bloomington, Indiana, has one of its own.The library itself is hidden on the Indiana University campus, tucked between […]

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In defense of book collecting
24-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“As of this writing there are 1,790 books in my apartment, some couple hundred in my campus office, and an unknown number floating about on loan to various friends and students. This represents a decrease of probably 20 percent from the height of my mania. Over the past few years, I have embarked on culling […]

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OCLC Wins Knight News Challenge Award to Promote Collaboration between Public Libraries and Wikipedia
23-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“OCLC has been named a winner of the Knight News Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, for a project that will promote collaboration between public libraries and Wikipedia and bring together authoritative library resources and contributors to one of the most popular information resources on the web.The project was […]

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Don’t fret about library’s empty shelves
23-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Walking through the central branch of the Indianapolis Public Library, it seems a little bare. Chunks of shelves lie empty, mainly around the area with reference books right in front of the stairs to the second floor. But the library shelves won’t stay vacant for long. Instead, the library is working to keep its collection […]

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Gale Adds Microsoft Integration to Popular Products
23-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, today announced a relationship with Microsoft Corp. to integrate its most widely used product lines with Microsoft’s Office 365. The integration makes it easier for students and researchers to download, email, share, and access their research content from anywhere using familiar tools.” (via Cengage Learning)

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Historypin wins Knight News Challenge award for “Our Story” project in partnership with DPLA
23-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Historypin announced today that they have been awarded $222,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight News Challenge on Libraries, an open call for ideas to help libraries serve 21st century information needs. Selected from more than 615 submissions, Historypin’s “Our Story” project, a partnership with the Digital […]

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BERLIN LIBRARY RETURNS 384 BOOKS TO FREEMASONS
23-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The Berlin State Library is returning 384 books, magazines and other publications dating back to the 18th century to a Freemason Lodge after determining they were stolen by the Nazis in the 1930s. Matthias Bohn, the head of the Johannis Lodge “Teutonia zur Weisheit” in Potsdam, said Thursday the books were important for the history […]

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Video calls in Brooklyn libraries will put inmates in touch with their families
23-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The Brooklyn Public Library has been awarded a grant for nearly $400,000 to place inmate video calling services in a dozen libraries, giving inmates’ friends and family members a new way to stay in contact. Often, having a loved one in prison means jumping through expensive, complicated hoops to stay in touch. A large part […]

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Makerspace centers beckon creative souls
22-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“There are spaces in the neighborhood for modern-day tinkerers. Makerspaces – facilities for innovative thinkers that are part collaborative workshop, part factory and part philosophical salon – can be found at Creatorspace, 15502 Texas 3, Unit 202 in Webster, and the Joceyln H. Lee Innovation Lab at Freeman Library, 16616 Diana Lane.”It’s a collection of […]

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New university initiatives focus on bringing open educational resources to the masses
22-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The effort to replace textbooks with open educational resources (OER) is gaining momentum as colleges move past pilots to expand the use of free or inexpensive course materials across states and systems. In states such as New Hampshire and New York, university systems are building new initiatives that build on years of lessons learned about […]

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Global Commission Recommends Governments to Invest in Public Access in Libraries
22-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The Global Commission on Internet Governance has just released One Internet, a wide-ranging and pragmatic vision of how all actors can contribute to a sustainable and democratic internet.Based on two years of work and extensive expert contributions, the Commission identifies four foundational aspects of a “robust, healthy Internet: open, secure, trustworthy and inclusive of all”, […]

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NYPD cops face fines for dining with ex-Queens Library big
22-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Two high-ranking NYPD chiefs and a retired three-star boss are facing tens of thousands of dollars in penalties for stuffing their faces at pricey restaurants on the credit card tab of ex-Queens Library honcho Thomas Galante, the Daily News has learned.Assistant Chiefs James Secreto and Diana Pizzuti and retired Transportation Chief James Tuller received letters […]

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Jimmy Wales on the Lopsided Geography of Wikipedia
21-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Think about how often, in the course of a week, you visit Wikipedia. Maybe you’re searching for basic information about a topic, or getting sucked into a wiki-hole where you meant to study up on the “Brexit” but somehow find yourself, several related pages later, reading about the carbonic maceration process for making wine (to […]

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LIBRARY BEING DEDICATED TO CHURCH SHOOTING VICTIM
21-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“A county library in South Carolina is being dedicated in honor of one of the Charleston church shooting victims.Charleston County library officials say a dedication ceremony Tuesday is one of a number of events being held to mark the naming of the St. Andrews branch of the library in honor of Cynthia Graham Hurd. Tuesday […]

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Federal Register Volumes Now Available Online
20-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Where can you get back issues of the Federal Register online? The Law Library of Congress has now completed the collection of historical volumes of the Federal Register available online. The Law Library acquired this collection from William S. Hein & Co., Inc. to make all volumes of the Federal Register available in open access […]

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New ALA report highlights libraries as engines of entrepreneurship
20-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“People of all ages and backgrounds come to libraries to transform new business ideas into reality. “The People’s Incubator: Libraries Propel Entrepreneurship” (pdf), a new report from the American Library Association (ALA), highlights how public and academic libraries leverage their diverse resources to work with entrepreneurs during all stages of the business start-up process—from writing […]

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A Fight Over ‘Aliens’
20-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“In 2014, Melissa Padilla, an immigrant from Mexico, was dismayed to find while doing research for a paper at Dartmouth College that all articles about undocumented students were archived under the heading “illegal aliens.” When she led a group of students to ask the college library to consider phasing out the term, they expected, at […]

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An Amphitheater. A Laptop Bar. It’s a New York Library Like No Other.
20-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“More a theater for learning than a citadel of research, the new 53rd Street Library offers one surprise after the next as it unfolds below the sidewalks of New York. Monday is opening day. The 53rd Street Library is the long-awaited, long-delayed replacement for the Donnell Library Center, a beloved and heavily used branch of […]

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E-books fair game for public libraries, says advisor to top Europe court
16-Jun-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Electronic books should be treated just like physical books for the purposes of lending, an advisor to Europe’s top court has said.Maciej Szpunar, advocate general to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), said in an opinion published (PDF) Thursday morning that public libraries should be allowed to lend e-books so long as the […]

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