D.C. rethinks its central library plans, goes bigger

“The District’s big plans for its overhauled central library have expanded, though a mixed-use addition remains an option for the downtown landmark. The D.C. Public Library initially estimated it would need as little as 200,000 square feet of the 440,000-square-foot, Mies van der Rohe-designed Martin Luther King Jr. Library for library services. But after receiving more than 3,000 comments from the public, the DCPL has decided to use the entire building at 901 G St. NW, plus a new fifth floor, for library use.” (via Washington Business Journal)

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EPIC Launches FOIA.ROCKS

“EPIC has launched a new web site – FOIA.ROCKS – to celebrate Open Government and the Freedom of Information Act. The site includes links to several current FOIA initiatives, including a coalition letter to President Obama on FOIA reform, recommendation for model FOIA regulations and a new recommendation from EPIC to the FOIA ombudsman on the problem for FOIA requesters of “Administrative closure.” (via EPIC)

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EBSCO Introduces Flipster™, a New Way to Access Digital Magazines

“Continuing its tradition of working with libraries to help patrons find the content they want as quickly and conveniently as possible, EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is introducing Flipster™, which allows library patrons to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of their library. Flipster provides users easy access to digital magazines for online browsing via their desktops or any mobile device. Flipster allows libraries to give their patrons the option of accessing the content at the library or remotely. They can also download magazines to their Android device, iPad or iPad mini via a native app for offline reading anytime anywhere.” (via EBSCO)

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Seattle Sorts Library Books Faster than New York? Fuhgeddaboudit

“New York has been taking some hard knocks from Seattle of late, books-wise. First came the epic and still-unresolved battle between Amazon and New York publishers. Then came reports — in a respectable New York newspaper, no less — that Seattle’s indie booksellers were thriving while Manhattan was turning into a “bookstore desert.” But on Wednesday, New York reasserted its dominance in at least one corner of the literary universe: book sorting” (via NYTimes.com)

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Library archivists face contractual, technical challenges in preserving digital materials

“Archivists at Stanford libraries face contractual and technical challenges in keeping an increasing amount of digital material, like eBooks and email, safe and accessible for future generations. For one, words in paper books don’t spontaneously disappear, but words in eBooks can. Because eBooks and electronic journals are licensed, not owned, libraries may not be able to ensure long-term access to them. Depending on the contract between the publisher and the library, publishers can sometimes remove or alter content without the library’s consent. According to Hannah C. Frost, services manager at the Stanford Digital Repository, this issue is a long-standing problem for research institutions like Stanford.” (via Stanford Daily)

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Brooklyn Public Library announces programs to provide immigrants greater access to free citizenship, legal services

“Brooklyn Public Library BPL on Wednesday announced two multi-year initiatives to provide immigrants in the borough greater access to free U.S. citizenship and legal services. The first, a program called Prepare for Citizenship, will provide ESOL learners with formal, 11-week citizenship courses at the Canarsie, Flatbush, Sunset Park and Kensington libraries. Operated in partnership with Catholic Migration Services CMS and through a grant from the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the classes will prepare students for both the English and Civics portion of the Citizenship test and provide free legal assistance. Interested students should sign up to attend a registration session See bklynlibrary.org and catholicmigration.org.  BPL will simultaneously welcome two new Immigrant Justice Corps IJC Community Fellows to help provide critical legal assistance to low-income immigrants throughout the borough. BPL was one of five organizations across New York City to be awarded IJC Community Fellows this year; they will begin formally offering services later this month.” (via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

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What Book Should You Read Next? Putting Librarians And Algorithms To The Test

“When I received the Brooklyn Public Library’s recent email newsletter promoting a new service called BookMatch, I was both delighted and dismayed. On the one hand, it was a great idea. All I had to do was fill out a short web form letting the librarians know a bit about what I wanted to read and what I liked to read, and one promised to write back with five personalized recommendations tailored to my interests and tastes. On the other, the fact I was so delighted was exactly what was dismaying.” (via Co.Exist | ideas + impact)

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New York Public Library grows near flagship Fifth Ave. location

“The New York Public Library is expanding close to its main branch, purchasing a handful of commercial condos across the street from its Fifth Avenue research library, property records show. The library system paid $34.5 million for the properties. The nonprofit, which operates 92 branch and research libraries in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, purchased the eight condos at 445 Fifth Avenue from the Church Pension Group, a financial services provider for the Episcopal Church, records filed with the city today show.

The units cover 74,000 square feet, according to the library.” (via The Real Deal)

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Los Angeles libraries to offer free flu shots

“Los Angeles County health officials are concerned that the public will forget about a more common potential killer — influenza. So to expand the availability of free flu vaccines, the public health department is for the first time partnering with libraries. More than 100 sites, including selected city and county libraries, are offering the vaccines beginning this week. Health officials encourage those 6 months of age and older to be vaccinated, said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, interim health officer for the county health department.” (via LA Daily)

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ALA welcomes Adobe action; greater attention to reader privacy concerns

“Today, Carolyn Anthony and Erika Linke, co-chairs of the American Library Association (ALA) Digital Content Working Group (DCWG), released the following statement regarding the Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software update: “Librarians have long been guardians of and advocates for reader privacy. The plain text transmission of reader data by Adobe Digital Editions over the internet was clearly a privacy violation for all users of the ADE 4.0 version software and demanded swift corrective action. (via ALA)

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