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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.

Libraries, museums, and universities must include hip-hop culture in their programming in thoughtful, authentic ways

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/26/2019 - 19:12
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Many of these institutions have begun to embrace this marriage of ideas. Hip-hop curricula, archives, conferences, and fellowships now have homes in even the nation’s most venerable academic institutions, including Cornell University, Harvard University, Duke University, and many more.

Librarians pore over books to keep out the bedbugs

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 02/25/2019 - 13:00
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Lincoln library officials say librarians have been inspecting each item checked back into the eight branches, committed to keeping out any bedbugs. The library system discovered bedbugs in some books in 2014, amid a national rash of bedbug reports from a variety of places, including theaters and thrift stores, college dorms and apartment buildings, hotel rooms and surgical centers.
From Librarians pore over books to keep out the bedbugs | KHGI

Oklahoma teacher, book collector makes hobby of reuniting families with meaningful bookmarks

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 02/23/2019 - 10:48
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Smreker is a French teacher at Harding Charter Prep and in her free time she loves to collect used books. But, she says sometimes it's not just the tale they are intended to tell that make them interesting.
From Oklahoma teacher, book collector makes hobby of reuniting families with meaningful bookmarks | KFOR.com

How to Read 80ish Books a Year (And Actually Remember Them)

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 02/22/2019 - 15:02
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Reading is a skill that once you’ve learned, you probably don’t spend much time trying to get better at. (Not all that different from, say, breathing.) And yet, many of us don’t have to look far to see signs that there’s plenty of room for improvement. We only read at the end of the day—and only for the three minutes between cracking open a book and falling asleep. We’re halfway through about nine books.

Around 2,000 Artifacts Have Been Saved From the Ruins of Brazil’s National Museum Fire

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:51
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As an array of recovery efforts launched over the past five months attest, the beloved Rio de Janeiro institution’s story is far from finished: Just two weeks after the fire, museum staffers gathered in the front of the burned building to host a temporary exhibition of surviving artifacts, and at the end of the year, Google Arts & Culture immortalized the pre-fire building in a comprehensive virtual tour.

How American Cities Got Their Libraries - CityLab

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 10:08
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A visual exploration of how a critical piece of social infrastructure came to be. This month, CityLab’s visual storyteller Ariel Aberg-Riger shares the story of how America’s public libraries came to be, and their uneven history of serving all who need them.
From How American Cities Got Their Libraries - CityLab

Librarians and Their Memorable Patron Interactions

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:31
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some reference and book questions stick out more than others. They stand out either because they were truly great questions or because they were absolutely ridiculous. Either way, patrons never fail to keep me on my toes. Just when I think a decade of public libraries has allowed me to see and hear it all, another question or situation leaves me stunned.

Hidden Details of the New York Public Library | Architectural Digest - YouTube

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 02/18/2019 - 14:16
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Noted historians serve as your personal audio guide through a virtual walking tour of the New York Public Library. Find out about hidden details of the famed NYC building as these expert reveal the history behind the Winnie the Pooh toys, the Rose Main Reading Room, the iconic lion statues Patience and Fortitude, the Stephen A.