ALA report provides practical advice about adopting 3D printers in libraries

“The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) today released “Progress in the Making: Librarians’ Practical 3D Printing Questions Answered” (pdf). Co-authored by 3DPrint360 CEO Zach Lichaa and ALA Senior Policy Analyst Charlie Wapner, the document poses and answers sixteen practical questions related to establishing 3D printing as a library service. All of the questions were fielded from library professionals interested in 3D printing technology.” (via ALA)

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ReadCube integration across Ingenta Connect

“We’re delighted to partner with Ingenta, an organisation which shares our mission of supporting streamlined workflows for the discovery of the best scholarly literature available. The Ingenta Connect collection is an exciting addition to the ReadCube platform and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them to bring their multi-disciplinary titles to our global community of readers.” (via ReadCube)

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IU Libraries to preserve and share ‘lost’ Orson Welles radio recordings

“With the assistance of a $25,000 grant from the National Recording Preservation Foundation to Indiana University Libraries, the university will preserve rare, original recordings of “The Orson Welles Show.” The live radio series produced by its iconic host and namesake debuted Sept. 15, 1941.Previously, internet sites and books have stated that only eight of the 19 “Orson Welles Show” broadcasts have survived.” (via Indiana University Bloomington)

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Tolkien annotated map of Middle-earth acquired by Bodleian library

“Here be dragons – and wolves, bears, witches, camels, elephants, orcs, elves and hobbits. A map of Middle-earth, which to generations of fans remains the greatest fantasy world ever created, heavily annotated by JRR Tolkien, has been acquired by the Bodleian library in Oxford to add to the largest collection in the world of material relating to his work, including the manuscripts of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.” (via The Guardian)

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Harvard Book Store and Shelfie Partner to Offer Ebook Bundles

“Harvard Book Store and Shelfie have partnered up to offer ebook bundles on a select number of New York Times best-selling books. If you visit the Harvard Book Store, you’ll find these shelf talkers around the store!We are very excited about this partnership. In summer 2014, Shelfie embarked on its first independent bookstore campaign. We’re pleased to build upon that to offer Harvard’s customers the digital copies of their beloved print books.” (via Shelfie)

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Deal with city averts library workers strike

“The city and its library workers have closed the book on another contentious round of bargaining and avoided a strike.CUPE Local 4948 announced early Monday that it had reached a tentative contract agreement with the City of Toronto. The union’s 2,200 library workers were in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. Monday, but the deal prevented a labour disruption.” (via Toronto Sun)

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Obama, first lady review library design proposals

“President Barack Obama is reviewing design proposals for his future presidential library from the seven architectural firms chosen as finalists.The White House says the president’s wife, Michelle, joined him at Sunday’s meeting in Washington with staff of the Barack Obama Foundation.The foundation plans to build the library in one of two parks on Chicago’s South Side. Completion is expected in 2020 or 2121.” (via AP)

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Truro public library shuts down after 48 years, prepares to move

“Thousands of books have come and gone through the doors of the Regional Centennial Memorial Library building in Truro, N.S. since it opened in 1968. Today the last books will be lent out from the building on Prince Street before it is shut down for good and eventually demolished.Janet Pelley has spent much of her life at the library. She’s worked in the building for 39 and a half years. She’s now the library director. “The building that we’re closing today was only eight years old when I joined. I’m very fond of it, and its been my home away from home for three decades and more,” said Pelley.” (via CBC News)

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Notre Dame and Vatican Library to celebrate new collaboration

“The University of Notre Dame and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, or Vatican Library, will formalize a unique agreement of collaboration and exchange in a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. May 9 (Monday) in the Hesburgh Room of the Morris Inn, where Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, O.P., archivist and librarian of the Holy Roman Church, will sign a memorandum of understanding.The only such collaboration between the Vatican Library and any North American academic institution, the agreement will develop visits and informal exchanges of faculty, scholars, librarians and administrators; organize joint conferences, lecture series, art exhibitions, and musical and theatrical performances; and explore the development of joint programs of research.” (via University of Notre Dame)

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Guarding the dazzle of the past

“Inside the four-story, glass-and-concrete building near Harvard Square, past busy coffee shops and restaurants, Harvard social clubs, and a flower store, women and men in white ministered to rare books and unique materials from Harvard Library to save them from the ravages of time.It was a spring afternoon, and specialists at the Weissman Preservation Center labored with a mix of tenderness and skill at the conservation lab on the fourth floor, where entry is restricted. In one corner, Alan Puglia, senior rare book conservator, was mending tears in a letter book kept by an American diplomat during the years of the American Revolution.” (via Harvard Gazette)

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