My Library Card Made Me Less of a Picky Reader

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 03/06/2019 - 14:30
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Joining the library saved me money and space, yes. It also permanently changed the way I read. Where I used to heavily research books before committing to them, I now borrow indiscriminately. There’s no fear! If I hate the book, it doesn’t matter; it’s going back into circulation when I’m done. This means I can pick up volumes that previously intimidated me. I tear through books I may have overlooked in the past for lack of desire to spend money on them.

Rural Nebraska libraries reinventing themselves in 'makerspace' movement

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 03/06/2019 - 13:29
The results after the first two 20-week cycles indicates the "Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities" project, a partnership between the library commission, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Innovation Studio, Nebraska Extension and the Regional Library Systems, has found an appetite for makerspaces in public libraries from Plattsmouth to Ainsworth, Loup City to North Platte.
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Growing up in a house full of books is major boost to literacy and numeracy, study finds

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 03/05/2019 - 20:08
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Research data from 160,000 adults in 31 countries concludes that a sizeable home library gave teen school leavers skills equivalent to university graduates who didn’t read
From Growing up in a house full of books is major boost to literacy and numeracy, study finds | Books | The Guardian

Overdue library magazine with Beatles on cover back 50 years later

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 03/03/2019 - 12:29
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An Ohio library says a 1968 copy of Life magazine with the Beatles on the cover has been returned by a borrower who apologized for stealing it as a "kid" and sent $100 to cover late fees.
From Overdue library magazine with Beatles on cover back 50 years later - WISC

How the N.Y. Public Library Fills Its Shelves (and Why Some Books Don’t Make the Cut) - The New York Times

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 03/02/2019 - 08:03
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The New York Public Library has one of the largest public collections in the world. But, unlike Amazon, it does not have seemingly infinite storage. Every book must earn its place on crowded shelves. Nothing gets there by accident. With millions of books to choose from, the library often gets asked how a book gets on the shelves.
From How the N.Y. Public Library Fills Its Shelves (and Why Some Books Don’t Make the Cut) - The New York Times

Cleveland Public Library going fine-free after 150 years

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 03/01/2019 - 09:40
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The Cleveland Public Library is ending fines for overdue materials. That announcement was made during a "State of the Library" address by executive director Felton Thomas Jr. at the City Club of Cleveland on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Thomas also laid out plans for a year-long sesquicentennial celebration that, he said, "focuses on places, programs and people."
From Cleveland Public Library going fine-free after 150 years

UC terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 02/28/2019 - 17:17
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As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California is taking a firm stand by deciding not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier.

Bill To Bring Libraries To NYC Jails Faces Opposition From The Correction Department

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 02/28/2019 - 12:05
On Tuesday, the City Council’s Criminal Justice Committee heard testimony on Councilmember Daniel Dromm’s bill, Int. 1184, that requires the Department of Correction to provide access to the library for all incarcerated people within 48 hours of entering the jail system. The Department would be required to report on the number of books they receive, the source of those books and, if books are censored, the reason for the censorship.

School Districts No Longer Required To Have Nurses, Librarians Under Senate Bill In Iowa

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 20:58
School districts would no longer be required to have a school nurse and a teacher librarian under a proposal advanced in the Iowa Senate Tuesday. Sen. Amy Sinclair, R-Allerton, chair of the Education Committee, said the bill would give school boards and communities more power to make decisions that are best for local students. “Do we trust those people and their teachers to make the decisions that are appropriate to their students, or not?