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There’s a Human Camera Obscura in the New York Public Library

The good folks beavering away at their long tables in the magisterial north Rose Main Reading Room on the third floor of the New York Public Library’s main building might be excused for feeling spied upon. “What is that thing?” they’ve been asking the guards over the past several months, pointing up at the eerie, tripod-mounted, radarlike dish mounted on the narrow balcony at the far end of the airy, vaultlike space.

Much of the time, the object is unmanned. But every once in a while, a lanky, long-haired young man will amble along the mezzanine balcony and squeeze himself into the narrow cockpit behind the dish, wedging his skull into a white helmet, and start taking measurements, or inventories, or calculations, or something. All very still, his arm jammed into the concave shell, scratching away infinitesimally, for hours on end (and indeed long after the place has otherwise closed down for the night). “What the hell is that guy doing?”
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Interlibrary loan system failure tying up librarians’ time

But starting late last year, processing requests to borrow material from other libraries has been significantly more time-consuming, and as of last week, about 150 requests were unfulfilled, Fabian said. That’s because a component of the state’s interlibrary loan system – a vast information highway that allows the state’s 234 public libraries, as well as several university and public school libraries, to loan resources to one another – has been down.
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Donations boost collection of books by minority authors at east Austin library

A local social justice advocacy group wants to expand access to books written by authors of color for people who use an east Austin library.

The Austin Justice Coalition is asking community members to donate copies from a specific list of fiction and nonfiction titles to the Carver Branch of the library system. The city came up with the list of 126 works at the group’s request, and the donations will expand Carver’s collection.

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Lonely library dog goes viral, booked through April for reading sessions

After having nobody sign up to read to him, one friendly greyhound is now busier than ever thanks to a Facebook Post that went viral.

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The Libraries Bringing Small-Town News Back to Life

As local-news outlets disappear in America, some libraries are gaining new relevance.
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/01/libraries-local-news/551594/
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Garbage collectors open library with abandoned books

Birdie posted this story first. I cannot make the link work so I am posting a link here. My apologies if the link problem was only with my computer. Full story here.
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Reading Suggestions from a Michigan Bookseller, Books from Shithole Countries

Petosky’s McLean and Eakin Booksellers have borrowed a phrase from the Commander in Chief to promote the reading of books from Haiti and Africa. They are continuing to take suggestions.

University of Rhode Island Library Opening Artificial Intelligence Lab

In the fall semester of 2018, a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab will be accessible to all University of Rhode Island students on the first floor of the Robert L. Carothers Library. Funded by a $143,065 grant from The Champlin Foundation, the AI Lab is believed to be the first in the nation to be located in a library.
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CA Mudslide Info

The Altadena CA Library has a page of useful resources for mudslide information and assistance here.

Life Lessons From Chinese Children's Books Differ From Those In The U.S.

They created a list of "learning-related" values and checked to see how often the books promoted them. The values included setting a goal to achieve something difficult, putting in a lot effort to complete the task and generally viewing intelligence as a trait that can be acquired through hard work rather than a quality that you're born with. The results — published in the Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology: The storybooks from China stress those values about twice as frequently as the books from the U.S. and Mexico.
From Life Lessons From Chinese Children's Books Differ From Those In The U.S. : Goats and Soda : NPR
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