Sask. government reverses funding cut to libraries

“The Saskatchewan government is reversing funding cuts to libraries in last month’s provincial budget. On Monday, the government announced it will be restoring funding for provincial libraries to 2016-17 funding levels to keep regional and municipal libraries and interlibrary loans operational. “There were many necessary, difficult decisions taken in this budget, however the reductions in library funding without giving libraries the tools to meet the new challenge was (a) mistake,” Education Minister Don Morgan said in a news release.” (via ctvnews.com)

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NEH awards leading San Francisco institutions $315,000 to digitize AIDS archives

“The Archives and Special Collections department of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Library, in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, has been awarded a $315,000 implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The collaborating institutions will digitize about 127,000 pages from 49 archival collections related to the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area and make them widely accessible to the public online.” (via SFPL)

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Shakespeare died 401 years ago, but original scripts from his era live on in a new digital archive 

“One was a roguish figure and possible spy, stabbed to death after a mysterious arrest. Another wrote works of biting and often cynical satire. A third wrote only a few plays before dying in his early 30s, but not after penning some of the finest, and still startling, works of Elizabethan erotica.Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Middleton and Thomas Nashe — despite the best efforts of high school and college English teachers — remain also-rans compared with William Shakespeare, whose fame keeps growing. In an age when the humanities have trouble generating excitement, the Bard continues to inspire movies, popular books, exhibits, avant-garde groups remaking his plays, and audiences who queue up for his work all over the world.” (via LA Times)

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Here’s how libraries in Fairmont City and Ferguson are redefining what it means to be a library

“The concept of a library is over 5,000 years old, but that doesn’t mean these community institutions are stuck in the Stone Age. On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, we heard from librarians from two different communities in the region, in Ferguson, Mo., and Fairmont City, Ill., and how they are innovating exactly what the concept of a library is.” (via St. Louis Public Radio)

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LIBRARY TO RELEASE CATALOG ON WORLD WAR II ERA DOCUMENTS

“Holocaust denial just got a little harder. The Wiener Library for the Study of Holocaust & Genocide is making the United Nations’ files on World War II war crimes more accessible by allowing the general public to search an online catalog of the documents for the first time beginning Friday. People will still have to visit the library in London or the U.S. Holocaust Museum to read the actual files.” (via The Associated Press)

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