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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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Manuscripts, other documents by author Toni Morrison added to Princeton’s library collection
18-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The papers of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison are now part of the permanent library collection of Princeton University. Princeton made the announcement Friday, shortly before the 83-year-old Morrison took part in a forum at the school where she served on the faculty for 17 years.” (via AP)

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EBSCO Information Services Opens Second Office and Hires Former Swets Employees in the United Kingdom
16-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is opening a second office in the United Kingdom and has hired a number of former Swets employees to help customers transitioning to EBSCO as their subscription agent. EBSCO believes that this investment in infrastructure and staffing will provide libraries with the confidence to work with EBSCO during this critical renewals […]

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IMLS Awards $1.3 Million for Training and Professional Development Projects
16-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants and a cooperative agreement totaling $1,373,405 for three projects featuring training and professional development resources that will benefit library, museum, and archives professionals. “I am proud that IMLS is supporting these projects that strengthen collections care, increase access to cultural heritage materials, and provide […]

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A new D.C. online archive lets users sample photos, drawings, maps and more
16-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Though they both lived in Washington, it’s unlikely that Clifford Berryman and Joseph Owen Curtis ever met. Berryman was the Washington Evening Star’s political cartoonist. Curtis was an amateur photographer. One used a pen to tweak lawmakers, especially over the issue of voting rights for Washingtonians. The other used a camera to celebrate the people […]

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OCLC Research publishes preprint of “Collection Directions: The Evolution of Library Collections and Collecting”
14-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Written by Lorcan Dempsey, Constance Malpas, and Brian Lavoie, “Collection Directions: The Evolution of Library Collections and Collecting” [pdf] takes a broad view of the evolution of collecting behaviors in a network environment and suggests some future directions based on various simple models.” (via OCLC)

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New York Times Rolls Out Archive of Vintage Print Ads
14-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“Vintage ads that appeared in The New York Times are getting their own digital archive that will live on the Times’ website. Called Madison in reference to Madison Avenue, the archive is expected to go live Tuesday and, at the onset, include every print ad from every edition of the Times in the 1960s. “It […]

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D.C. public library system highlighted in Aspen Institute’s national report
14-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“One of the District’s least highlighted gems is getting some national love. Tuesday, The Aspen Institute issued a report called “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries.” The document is the work of the institute’s Communications and Society Program, which put together the Dialogue on Public Libraries to study how the facilities can be better […]

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EC reports on digitisation in Europe
14-Oct-14   By: Steven M. Cohen

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“In early October the European Commission published two reports on the current state of digitisation of cultural heritage material in Europe: one report addresses progress in the area of digitisation and online accessibility of cultural material and digital preservation, while the other looks more specifically at the situation around European film heritage in the digital era. Both reports […]

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