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Bostonians...They're Not Gonna Take It

And so it was yesterday, just before the main headquarters of the Boston Public Library opened at 1 p.m., that nearly 100 protesters gathered outside the Copley Square building with petition sheets and statistical charts to go along with their “Don’t Close the Book on Us!’’ placards and their chants of “Save our branches!’’

One of the organizers, Brandon Abbs, told protesters about a website — that shows how the library’s board of trustees, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the City Council, and state officials each play a role in a potential decision to shutter up to 10 of the city’s 26 branches. The site emphasizes ways of helping the library system make up for its $3.6 million budget shortfall.

Video and story from Boston.com.

Official Koha ILS Site Moves

New Home of the Koha ILS Community

Due to long standing concerns in regards to the management of the koha.org domain, the Koha community decided to establish this website on 2 February 2010 to allow community members to provide information about Koha to users and developers in a timely and collaborative fashion.

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Search of Univ. at Buffalo Library Comes Up Empty

AMHERST, N.Y. — A search of a library at the University at Buffalo's suburban Amherst campus came up empty Tuesday after school police received a call of a suspicious person entering the building, possibly with a gun.

"We have no reason to believe we have any threat to campus," said university spokesman Joe Brennan, who added that classes will resume Wednesday. The person in question was never found.

U. of Buffalo Library Evacuated This Afternoon

AMHERST, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo has evacuated a library on its suburban Amherst campus after receiving a call of a suspicious person seen entering the building, possibly with a gun.

Campus police officers have been searching the six-floor Lockwood Memorial library since receiving the report about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Spokesman Joe Brennan says no one has been hurt and no shots have been fired. Classes have been canceled for the evening.

Freshman Claire Kerstein says her English class was on the bottom floor of the building when a librarian came in and, without explanation, ordered everyone out.

All Headline News reports that the Lockwood Library on the North Campus in Amherst was evacuated after someone reported seeing someone with a gun inside.

The order to evacuate the library went out at about 4:40 p.m. and local and campus police are on the scene.

Amazon & Macmillan - Monday Update

From today's Shelf-Awareness: "The Macmillan ban went beyond Amazon's website: reportedly without notice to Kindle owners, Amazon went into the devices and removed Macmillan titles from wish lists and removed sample chapters of Macmillan titles. This move was reminiscent of the retailer's quiet pulling last year of some e-titles whose copyrights were in question (Shelf Awareness, July 19, 2009)."

The Times to Charge for Frequent Access to Its Web Site

The New York Times announced Wednesday that it intended to charge frequent readers for access to its Web site, a step being debated across the industry that nearly every major newspaper has so far feared to take.

Starting in early 2011, visitors to NYTimes.com will get a certain number of articles free every month before being asked to pay a flat fee for unlimited access. Subscribers to the newspaper’s print edition will receive full access to the site without extra charge.

Full article in the NYT

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Newbery & Caldecott Winners Announced at ALA

Rebecca Stead has won the 2010 Newbery Medal for When You Reach Me (Random/Wendy Lamb). Jerry Pinkney has won the 2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal for The Lion & the Mouse (Little, Brown). And Libba Bray has won the 2010 Michael L. Printz Award for Going Bovine (Delacorte). The awards were announced this morning at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference in Boston.

More from Publishers Weekly.

Miep Gies, Protector of Anne Frank, Dies at 100

Miep Gies, the last survivor among Anne Frank’s protectors and the woman who preserved the diary that endures as a testament to the human spirit in the face of unfathomable evil, died Monday night, the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam said. She was 100.

The Miep Gies Web site said Mrs. Gies died after a short illness but provided no other details.

“I am not a hero,” Mrs. Gies wrote in her memoir, “Anne Frank Remembered,” published in 1987. “I stand at the end of the long, long line of good Dutch people who did what I did and more — much more — during those dark and terrible times years ago, but always like yesterday in the heart of those of us who bear witness.”

Full story in the NYT

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Yesterday's Earthquake Rattles Bookstores and Libraries in N. California

Photos and more from Seattle PI of two bookstores, Bookleggers and Eureka Books both in Eureka, CA.

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Ten Stories That Shaped 2009

It's time to take another look back at the notable headlines of the past year.

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