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What libraries of the future will look like
24-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Your idea of a library might be a musty, carpeted room with outdated technology, but don’t ditch your library card just yet.According to David Pescovitz, co-editor at Boing Boing and research director at the Institute for the Future, a Palo Alto-based collective that makes forecasts about our world, it’s likely in the coming decades that […]

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You Can Now Browse Harvard’s Huge Bauhaus Collection Online
24-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“THE BAUHAUS NEVER really died. Though the famed German art school existed in physical form for just 14 years, its legacy lives on in many ways. The latest incarnation: Harvard’s massive online archive. The school recently made more than 32,000 digitized artifacts—paintings, drawings, photos, sculptures, and more—available for browsing, and it’s a beautiful time-suck for design lovers.” (via WIRED)

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Axiell partners with Odlio to expand digital content offering to libraries
24-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Axiell, the leading supplier of IT systems and services to public libraries, today announces a partnership with Odilo, one of the leading digital content providers for libraries. The partnership will enable libraries to easily access and manage digital content, integrate a mix of content sources and quickly distribute high-quality content to patrons.By partnering with Odilo, […]

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Is the Library of Things an answer to our peak stuff problem?
23-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The carpet is filthy. Guests are about to arrive. You have several choices: buy a carpet cleaning machine (around £130 upwards), pay for a professional cleaning company (about £40), or rent a machine from a private hire firm (around £29 for two days). Or, if you live in West Norwood, just pop down the road […]

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Florida Parents Push to Remove Popular ‘Internet Girls’ Series From School Libraries
23-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Parents in a school district near Jacksonville, Florida, are trying to remove two frequently challenged books from the Yulee Middle School’s library. According to the parents, books TTYL and its sequel TTFN– two novels in Lauren Myracle’s popular Internet Girls series– are inappropriate for their Middle School children. Florida’s Nassau County School District has convened a group named the Intellectual Freedom Committee […]

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NASA Unveils New Public Web Portal for Research Results
22-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Public access to NASA-funded research data now is just a click away, with the launch of a new agency public access portal. The creation of the NASA-Funded Research Results portal on NASA.gov reflects the agency’s ongoing commitment to providing broad public access to science data.“At NASA, we are celebrating this opportunity to extend access to […]

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Sprint and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Launch Program to Help Provide Internet Access to Students at Home
22-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“This school year, Charlotte-area students will be able to check out a free Wi-Fi hotspot through a new agreement between Sprint (NYSE:S) and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Sprint and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library have made a commitment of offering 150 wireless hot spots to students of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who need to borrow the devices in […]

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Where state prison inmates can escape … to the law library
22-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Before he ended up at East Jersey State Prison, Morris Jackmon couldn’t imagine a life past age 19.  He said he was a star football player for Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden who lived recklessly. Sometimes, he and his friends would sit around and fantasize about what it’d be like to make it to the […]

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The secret libraries of history
21-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Beneath the streets of a suburb of Damascus, rows of shelves hold books that have been rescued from bombed-out buildings. Over the past four years, during the siege of Darayya, volunteers have collected 14,000 books from shell-damaged homes. They are held in a location kept secret amid fears that it would be targeted by government […]

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College libraries reinvented for digital age
19-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Roll over, Melvil Dewey. Behold the 21st-century college library.Hundreds of schools, from Ivy League universities to community colleges, have remade their libraries as colorful hubs of college life. Gone are bound journals, miles of musty books and rules governing proper behavior. In are on-site cafes, group study areas where talking is encouraged, 24-hour access and […]

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Clear Lake library 3D printing lab helps 5-year-old get new hand
19-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“When the parents of a 5-year-old girl in Victoria set out on quest to find a prosthetic hand for their daughter, little did they know their search would end at a library in Clear Lake.Katelyn Vincik’s parents said their daughter was born with a left hand that was not fully formed. While Katelyn has always […]

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Is Wikipedia the largest-ever digital humanities project? Exploring an emerging relationship
18-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Digital humanities is an area of research where humanities and computing collide; it’s a field of study that creates an opportunity to understand Wikipedia from new perspectives, such as its value in the preservation of historical memory and collective knowledge. For this reason, the Digital Humanities Network (Red HD) invited me to participate as speaker […]

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NJ State Library, Rutgers University Libraries and the NJ State Archives Collaborate on NJ Digital Newspaper Project
18-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project is a collaboration of Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey State Archives and the New Jersey State Library that will make the history of New Jersey known to its citizens and the world. The plan, according to project director and Rutgers University digital archivist Caryn Radick, is to scan […]

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6 Questions for a Digital Humanities Librarian
18-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Laura Braunstein is the Digital Humanities and English Librarian at the Dartmouth College Library.  Laura graciously agreed to help me understand her (relatively) new role at the College, and the larger context of Digital Humanities with both the academic library and across higher education.” (via Inside Higher Education)

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The Best New Way to Read? Novels Told Through Text Messages
18-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“BRIANNA HOWARTH IS a 22-year-old who writes stories that vibrate with eerie tension. In one, a babysitter suddenly discovers that the children she’s sitting have vanished; in another, several teenagers break into their school to pull a late-night prank, only to find something seems to be hunting them. Classic YA horror, right?” (via WIRED)

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Dokki1 library: Denmark’s futuristic “citizen space” has been named the world’s best public library
18-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The library, as we know it, is obsolete. Now that most books are accessible online, the building once dedicated to silence and study is increasingly turning into a lively public gathering place—when it’s not disappearing altogether.There’s hope for this new era in libraries, encapsulated in Denmark’s vast Dokki1, a mixed-used “citizen space” with meeting rooms, […]

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Gale Brings Smithsonian Treasures to Middle and High School Classrooms
18-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“National and state curriculum standards require primary sources to be incorporated into history classes, but material is often scattered and time-consuming for educators to gather. With the launch of Smithsonian Primary Sources in U.S. History, Gale brings together 1,800 digital primary sources, including documents, maps, historical objects and more from the museums and archives of […]

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The New York Public Library is Moving 1.5 Million Books to an Underground Lair
17-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“This summer, several times a week, a 30-foot truck filled with rough wooden shelves of books has arrived early in the morning at the New York Public Library’s flagship research library. Each truckload contains thousands of books, which have been sitting for the past three years at a storage facility upstate.Now, 1.5 million books are […]

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Librarian uses 21st-century technology to showcase Buffalo’s 19th-century splendor
17-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Molly Poremski embodies the adage “do what you love and love what you do.” The digital collections librarian has combined her professional skills — and some 21st-century technology — with an appreciation for Buffalo’s history to create a digital collection that showcases Buffalo’s architectural grandeur of the early 1900s in a new way.The endeavor began […]

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Library use in England fell dramatically over last decade, figures show
16-Aug-16   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The proportion of adults visiting public libraries in England has fallen by almost a third over the last decade, according to a new government report, although usage in the country’s most deprived areas has remained stable. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has measured the public’s usage of libraries in England since 2005. In […]

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