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As our major Books & Manuscripts sales approach, we present five exclusive homes with magnificent private libraries — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

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California State Library's new CIO mulls 'virtual libraries'

The California State Library’s new chief information wants citizens across the state to be able to visit his institution — from the comfort of their own computer.

David Wanjiru, who started the job on Nov. 2, told StateScoop that one of his long-term plans is to stand up a “virtual library,” where users could watch video tours of the research institution’s archives or explore its museum exhibits. To create this resource, Wanjiru would outfit staff members with GoPro cameras that would record images of the library, he said.

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Church libraries offer spiritual, uplifting books

Some of these libraries offer hidden treasures in the form of rare or out-of-print books, pamphlets and other documents.

“Our library probably runs like most church libraries of this size. It’s on an honor system,” said The Rev. Paul Moore, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Silver City. “I filter incoming books to ensure that they contain material that is consonant with our mission and ministry. People usually read them while they are here, or if they take them home, bring them back when they’re done.”

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The Future Of Libraries Is Collaborative, Robotic, And Participatory

The big question, of course, is whether libraries will have the resources to do the things they need to do. If they can't find alternative sources of funding, probably from the private sector, they're going to be stuck. Crowdfunding and social lending are strong and growing possibilities, as Kickstarter has shown. But, as the report says, they may need to provide "a wider range of public and commercial services" as well.

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New copyright law in Poland heralds new era for libraries

The new Polish Copyright Act [link in Polish] enters into force on 20th November 2015 bringing library services in Poland into the twenty-first century.

Major new provisions enabling digitization for socially beneficial purposes, such as education and preservation of cultural heritage, are the centrepiece for libraries of the new law.

The law also implements a European Directive enabling the use of orphan works (in-copyright works where the copyright holder cannot be identified or found to obtain permission), and an EU Memorandum of Understanding on the use of works that are no longer commercially available. In addition, the introduction of public lending right is limited to works in public libraries.

From New copyright law in Poland heralds new era for libraries | EIFL

Quiet, please… In praise of the British Library

From famous novelists to budding entrepreneurs, an extraordinarily diverse collection of people can be found at work in the British Library. But what are they up to? We asked some of them…

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Nebraska libraries: how they’re doing, challenges and opportunities

At the crossroads. A phrase used often when talking about libraries in America, also true in Nebraska where libraries are facing new directions in serving users and remaining viable. A special NET News reporting project examines this important time for these venerable institutions. It’s called “Nebraska Libraries: The Next Chapter.” To begin, a progress report on the state’s public libraries, and looks at challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

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A Real Page-Turner: Libraries Battle For Book-Sorting Championship

Once a year for the past five years, the New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries have faced off against Washington’s King County Library in a battle of the mechanical book sorters. In the most recent hour-long sorting smackdown, King County reclaimed the world title.

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Shacks Serve As Makeshift Schools, Libraries For Migrants In Calais

At the bookshop, a Sudanese man returns a copy of Ernest Hemingway short stories, thumbs through volumes of Harry Potter and departs with a Sherlock Holmes collection. Beside a wall map of Europe, men from Afghanistan and Eritrea debate distinctions between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland — and which might offer the best opportunity for refugee status and employment.

Rowan Farrell, an English photographer who helps run the library, including its laptops with English-language software lessons, says the library promotes "a calming atmosphere in a very chaotic place." 

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FSU professor: Libraries must think more like entrepreneurs

"We need to start looking at our readers as customers -- customers of information," he said, adding that libraries should develop ways to collect information about what users enjoy and what they like to do. "What can we do to contribute to learning success?"

Thus libraries should focus on being both information and community hubs, he said.

"Let's think of ourselves as an information provider," said Greenwood, who writes "To Your Success," a weekly column in the Sentinel & Enterprise.

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