Mass. circulation rates tell an interesting tale

Susan Neuman, a professor of education studies at the University of Michigan who has researched the use of libraries in poor versus middle-income areas around the country, said, “In low-income areas, the time people spend in the libraries is often much longer than in middle-income areas and it’s a lot different.” “This is where they do their job applications, where they do their gaming, and where they read and do all of their information-related activities. It’s where the kids do their homework,” Neuman said.
From Is your local library a bestseller? — Mass. circulation rates tell an interesting tale - The Boston Globe

The Oldest Libraries Around the World

their collections, stunning designs, and sometimes playful interiors. After reading news this week about the restoration of Morocco’s Al Qarawiyyin Library, featured below, we knew it was time to take a trip around the world to highlight some of the oldest libraries in existence — repositories of ancient art and architecture, history, and prized books. Here are ten of Flavorwire's favorites.
From The Oldest Libraries Around the World – Flavorwire
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The woman who is trying to create a Netflix for books for India

Chiki Sarkar hates being called a disruptor but that's exactly what she's doing to the opaque, incestuous world of Indian publishing. Along with Durga Raghunath, who brings the digital smarts, Sarkar has co-founded Juggernaut, a digital publishing house. She spoke to Neelam Raaj on why she wants to use tech to give dead-tree books a new lease of life
From The woman who is trying to create a Netflix for books - Times of India
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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Book -- The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts

http://amzn.to/1SXH0u3

NPR piece about book --
http://www.npr.org/2016/04/23/475420855/timbuktus-badass-librarians-checking-out-books-under...

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EBSCO Supports New Open Source Project

Developers and librarians are working together to create a radically new, open source library services platform (LSP) aimed at transforming the technology academic libraries rely on. Backed by a multimillion-dollar contribution from EBSCO Information Services, the participants plan to fast-track production of the software, with early versions available by early 2018.
From EBSCO Supports New Open Source Project | American Libraries Magazine

One Easy Way to Make Wikipedia Better

Evans and his colleagues have an idea for how Wikipedia could begin to do this—and it’s a proposal that, if executed well, could dramatically improve access to information on the Internet. “You could just give some kind of meter about verifiability, actually on the Wikipedia page,” said Dan Rockmore, the director of the Neukom Institute and a co-author of the study. “That could be automated in a fairly simple way.”
From One Easy Way to Make Wikipedia Better - The Atlantic
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Teacher solves mystery of Jane Austen book

But it may not be a 200-year-old first edition after all and it still needs to be independently verified. A Jane Austen expert at Harvard University, Deidre Lynch, (who has only inspected it by looking at pictures) thinks it actually dates to 1900. “Even a century ago, a first edition of (Jane) Austen would be awfully valuable,” she said. “And so, an unusual school prize.”
From Teacher solves mystery of Jane Austen book | Qevaz
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LITA ALA Annual Precon: Digital Privacy

Don’t miss these amazing speakers at this important LITA preconference to the ALA Annual 2016 conference in Orlando FL. Digital Privacy and Security: Keeping You And Your Library Safe and Secure In A Post-Snowden World Friday June 24, 2016, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Presenters: Blake Carver, LYRASIS and Jessamyn West, Library Technologist at Open Library
From LITA ALA Annual Precon: Digital Privacy – LITA Blog

The Rise of Pirate Libraries

All around the world, shadow libraries keep growing, filled with banned materials. But no actual papers trade hands: everything is digital, and the internet-accessible content is not banned for shocking content so much as that modern crime, copyright infringement.
From The Rise of Pirate Libraries | Atlas Obscura
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Prince donated $12,000 to Lou. libraries

From WHAS, the artist formerly and forever to be known as Prince was a fan of libraries. May he RIP.

Beyond books: Eight things you may not know about libraries

As people become more reliant on devices and less likely to crack open a paperback, libraries have been forced to adapt. Most modern libraries offer e-book and e-magazines, plus movies on DVD and other digital items. But did you know that many also provide such services as free Wi-Fi, used bookstores, and even unique items borrowing. Coming off of National Library Week, here's a look at eight things you might not know about your local library:
From Beyond books: Eight things you may not know about libraries
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An interview with Beverly Cleary about her inspiring books for children

She just turned 90, and her mental acuity is better than most people half her age. She said that she was a children's librarian in 1940 and got the idea to write kids' books when some boys at the library complained that they couldn't find any books "about kids like us." So she sat down and started writing stories about the kids she had had gotten to know at the library.
From An interview with Beverly Cleary about her inspiring books for children / Boing Boing
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Books by earliest women writers in English on display together for first time

Manuscripts of the first book in English by a woman and the earliest autobiography by a woman are displayed together by Wellcome Collection
From Books by earliest women writers in English on display together for first time | Books | The Guardian
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Two Newbies at LOC

It's not the big job (Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden nominee) but two new positions have been announced at the Library of Congress. The are John Y. Cole as Historian of the LOC and Pam Jackson as Director for the Center for the Book.

An Open Letter to the Person Who Wiped Boogers on My Library Book

How do you live your life, Booger-Wiper? My first instinct is to imagine your home as a mucus-smeared nightmare hovel, mold at the corners and suspicious stains everywhere. But upon further reflection, I think your home might actually be fairly tidy — seeing as how you so freely deposit your filth on things that don’t belong to you. If I lent you a pair of socks, what would lurk inside of them when I got them back? If I left a piece of Tupperware in your kitchen after a dinner party, would you return it to me, empty and clean? Or would it ruin my day?
From The Millions : An Open Letter to the Person Who Wiped Boogers on My Library Book - The Millions
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Morocco: one of the world’s oldest libraries is renovated

The settling dust from renovations and the banging of tools aren’t ideal sights and sounds for a library — but this is no ordinary library. Founded 12 centuries ago by a pioneering woman and nestled in the old medina of Fez, Morocco’s University of al-Qarawiyyin library is one of the world’s oldest libraries, home to unique Islamic manuscripts treasured by historians. Yet it’s been largely hidden from the public. The architect leading its restoration, Fez native Aziza Chaouni, didn’t even know it existed until she was asked to work on it.
From Morocco: one of the world’s oldest libraries is renovated | The Seattle Times
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Supreme Court rejects challenge to Google book-scanning project

he U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by a group of authors who contend that Google's massive effort to scan millions of books for an online library violates copyright law. The Authors Guild and several individual writers have argued that the project, known as Google Books, illegally deprives them of revenue. The high court left in place an October 2015 ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York in favor of Google. A unanimous three-judge appeals court panel said the case "tests the boundaries of fair use," but found Google's practices were ultimately allowed under the law.
From Supreme Court rejects challenge to Google book-scanning project | Reuters
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Cat-Owning, Knit-Loving, 'Hopelessly Stereotypical' Librarian Is A 'Jeopardy' Badass

A lot of contestants have come and gone on “Jeopardy,” but Margaret Miles officially walked away with our hearts.  Miles is a librarian working at the New Hanover County Public Library in Wilmington, North Carolina who appeared on Thursday’s episode of “Jeopardy.” Alex Trebek couldn’t help but ask Miles more about her life when she was leading mid-show with $7,600. 
From Cat-Owning, Knit-Loving, 'Hopelessly Stereotypical' Librarian Is A 'Jeopardy' Badass
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Dangerous Librarians!

The worst place in the world.

The Power of Mobile Libraries, a StoryCorps Animation: 'The Bookmobile'

In "The Bookmobile," a StoryCorps project, a young Native American girl shares a tale of discovery.
From The Power of Mobile Libraries, a StoryCorps Animation: 'The Bookmobile' - CityLab
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