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Feed: LIBRARY STUFF

The library weblog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development


Libraries Seek High-Speed Broadband
18-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The federal E-Rate program has been a boon for schools and public libraries across the country, helping them acquire Internet access and telecommunications products at affordable or vastly discounted rates. But the sleek new computers, laptops and tablets do not mean much without high-quality broadband service to match. At a public hearing on Thursday held […]

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Digital Public Library of America Celebrates Its First Birthday with the Arrival of Six New Partners, Over 7 Million Items, and a Growing Community
18-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“This week marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Digital Public Library of America (http://dp.la), a groundbreaking all-digital library that brings together millions of items from America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. In celebration, DPLA is proud to announce the addition of six major new partners […]

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SF library officials propose new rules to crack down on unruly behavior
18-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“In response to Mayor Ed Lee’s call for zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior at the San Francisco Main Library, new rules are being added to the patron conduct code as well as stiffer suspensions for violating existing regulations that in some cases would ban offenders for up to three years. The proposed rules presented Thursday […]

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Lawsuit Questions NYPL Overhaul
17-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“A group of scholars has filed a third lawsuit aiming to block the New York Public Library’s controversial renovation, this time alleging that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg mishandled the city’s environmental review of the project. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, criticizes Mr. Bloomberg for issuing a decision on […]

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Elsevier Takedown Notices: A Q&A with Peter Suber
17-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“In November 2013, Harvard received 23 takedown notices from Elsevier, a publisher of academic journals. A takedown notice is a request from a copyright holder to remove a work from the internet because of alleged copyright infringement. To comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), internet hosts like Harvard must comply with takedown notices even if […]

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awards $194,000 grant for Chicago Collections Consortium online portal
17-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The University of Chicago Library is pleased to announce its participation in an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project to support the development and implementation of the Chicago Portal. The $194,000 grant was awarded to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on behalf of the Library, which is leading the project with the Chicago Collections Consortium […]

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Unlimited access to 33,000 video resources now available to UK educators
16-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Alexander Street Press has forged an agreement with Jisc to provide access to video resources for colleges and universities in the UK using the publisher’s popular evidence-based acquisition (EBA) model. The EBA agreement gives colleges and universities in the UK the opportunity to have unlimited access to Alexander Street Press’ complete suite of academic video titles - more […]

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New Data: More than 90% of U.S. Public Libraries Have Used E-rate
16-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“With more than $36 billion dollars of discounts provided to date, the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as “E-rate,” helps schools and libraries acquire Internet access and telecommunication products and services at affordable rates. Over the years, the E-rate program has provided critical support to public libraries that lack adequate infrastructure, helping […]

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E.L. Doctorow Awarded American Fiction Prize
16-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“E. L. Doctorow, author of such critically acclaimed novels as “Ragtime,” “World’s Fair,” “Billy Bathgate,” “The March” and his current novel, “Andrew’s Brain,” is the second recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. He will receive the award during this year’s National Book Festival, scheduled for Aug. 30 at the Walter E. Washington […]

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NLM and Wellcome Library Establish Agreement to Make 150 Years of Biomedical Journals Freely Available Online
14-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Representatives of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM), a component of the National Institutes of Health, and the Wellcome Trust recently signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to make thousands of complete back issues of historically-significant biomedical journals freely available online. The terms of the MOU include a donation of £750,000 ($1.2 […]

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SFPL Partners with Hoopla Digital During National Library Week to Give Patrons Online and Mobile Access to Free Movies, TV Shows, Music and Audiobooks
14-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“San Francisco Public Library today announced public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital (hoopladigital.com). The announcement comes in the wake of National Library Week (April 13 – 19, 2014), a national observance, celebrating the contributions of libraries […]

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Authors Guild asks US court to rule against Google
14-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Saying Google Inc. is stealing business from online book retailers, the Authors Guild asked a federal appeals court Friday to reinstate its lawsuit contending that the Internet giant is violating copyright laws with its massive book digitization project. The Guild filed papers with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, saying that Google’s […]

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Libraries are dying? Think again
14-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Like many visitors in Seattle, Glenn Nagel found himself in the city trying to avoid the rain. After wandering around, he eventually made his way to the Seattle Public Library to escape the dreary weather. Little did he know that stepping into Seattle’s Central Library would spark his curiosity. The library’s geometric glass and steel […]

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Multnomah County Library to hire security manager in response to rising rate of incidents
14-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The Multnomah County Library, with its mission to be a haven for everyone, for years has resisted following other urban libraries in ramping up security. But when windows at downtown Portland’s Central Library are broken twice in a single week, something has to change. That’s the story Central Library director Dave Ratliff told this week, […]

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Oxford Public Library finding vital new roles
14-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The kids come in their PJ’s. They curl up with stuffed toys and munch on popcorn. And, while their parents are watching a grown-ups’ movie at the Granada Theater next door, youngsters at the Oxford, Nebraska, Public Library are enjoying a G-rated kid-friendly movie on their own big screen, helping the library fulfill its mission […]

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‘Captain Underpants’ doesn’t sit well with some
14-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The potty humor of “Captain Underpants” children’s books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison in “The Bluest Eye” would seem to have little in common. But among some parents, educators and other members of the general public who worry about what books are stocked at their local libraries, […]

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Queens Library Controversy Prompts Pols to Introduce Reform Bill
13-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Following the recent high-profile controversy surrounding spending and oversight at Queens Borough Public Library, a group of elected officials gathered on the steps of Borough Hall last week to announce the introduction of legislation that they said would reform the library’s Board of Trustees and overall governance at one of the busiest library systems in […]

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In Prince William budget process, focus is on libraries
13-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“At Tuesday night’s public hearing on Prince William County’s fiscal 2015 budget, a parade of representatives of various county services, including firefighters, nurses and librarians, lined up to tell county supervisors why they need more money next year.A second line of residents formed to say that they didn’t want to pay higher taxes. The back-and-forth […]

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RECONSTRUCTION OF SARAJEVO LIBRARY NEARING END
11-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Workers are rushing to finish the reconstruction of the Sarajevo Library – a landmark destroyed during the Bosnian war – in time for the June ceremonies marking the centenary of the assassination that ignited World War I. The reconstruction has taken 18 years – nine times longer than the building’s original construction 120 years ago […]

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School libraries urged to embrace the digital — cautiously
11-Apr-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Technology might make some parts of libraries obsolete — but librarians won’t be among them, panelists contended at this week’s annual Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio, which drew 7,200 attendees. As the popularity of electronic books continues to rise, schools are emerging as a dynamic area of how libraries adjust, they said. Educators […]

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