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NYU Libraries to Team with Internet Archive to Preserve High Quality Musical Content on the Web

“New York University Libraries is leading a collaboration with NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) program and San Francisco-based Archive-It, a service of the Internet Archive (IA) to ensure that the websites of musical composers can be collected, preserved, and made accessible today and in the future, with sound and visual quality at a level significantly higher than current web archiving standards. The project, Archiving the Websites of Contemporary Composers, is funded with a grant of $480,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.” (via NYU)

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Queens Library pledges accountability in budget hearing

“The Queens Library, criticized for the free-spending ways of its former CEO, held its first public budget hearing Monday night as its new leaders pledged an era of accountability. “Our goal having this hearing tonight is to create a transparent budget process,” said Carl Koerner, president of the Board of Trustees. A small crowd of library patrons and boosters attended the hearing at the Flushing Library to ask for extended library hours, renovations and more money for books and other materials.” (via NY Daily News)

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Queens Library Fills Void After Closure of City’s Last Sheet Music Store

“The musical void left by the reported closure of the New York’s last classical sheet music store is being filled by the Queens Library. The institution has built the city’s largest collection of music scores that’s available to check out — a compilation that’s gained importance since the Frank Music Company, on West 54th St. between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, closed earlier this month.” (via DNAinfo.com New York)

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Vote will keep controversial book in school library

“A concerned parent said a high school library book is pornographic and that it promotes prostitution and child abuse, but a school district committee voted to keep that controversial book in the library. “I just started going throughout the whole entire book, looking at it,” said Catrenna Lopez, mother of a freshman at Rio Rancho High School. Lopez took cellphone pictures after seeing the book her 15-year-old son brought home from the school library last month. “First thing I did was open up the book and come to a sex scene in the book,” Lopez said.” (via KRQE News 13)

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Spread the words: Little Free Libraries find global following

“Maybe “little” isn’t such an apt description anymore of those book houses people put up in their yards. Five years after Todd Bol put up the first Little Free Library in front of his house in Hudson, Wis., the grassroots book lending program has popped up everywhere from Iceland to Tasmania. There are about 25,000 Little Free Libraries around the globe today and it’s growing faster than ever. “We’re going to pass McDonald’s by Thanksgiving,” Bol said. “There’s going to be more Little Free Libraries than McDonald’s, which is great.” (via Minnesota Public Radio News)

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App That Aims To Make Books ‘Squeaky Clean’ Draws Ire From Edited Writers

“In a stroke of irony fit for fiction, an effort by two Idaho parents to clean up their daughter’s books has dredged up a fairly messy controversy. Clean Reader — an e-reader app designed to ferret out, and block, profanity in novels and nonfiction — drew significant pushback from some authors amid its recent launch. In the face of that criticism, the folks behind Clean Reader have now backed down, announcing their intentions to stop selling books directly through the e-reading platform.”(via NPR)

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ACQUIRES RARE TROVE OF CIVIL WAR IMAGES

“A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress. The library announced the acquisition Sunday and is placing the first 77 images online. On Friday, 87-year-old Robin Stanford delivered the historic stereograph images from her collection to the library.” (via The Associated Press)

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Review: ‘Improbable Libraries’ a fascinating trek among the stacks

“In our technology-obsessed world, libraries provide tranquil sanctuaries for zoning out with physical books.”Libraries have a long history of overcoming geographic, economic and political challenges to bring the written word to an audience,” writes Alex Johnson, a journalist at the U.K. newspaper the Independent, in the introduction to his fascinating new book, “Improbable Libraries.” Johnson should know — both of his parents are librarians. He spent the last few years documenting what he calls “the new library revolution.” (via LA Times)

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UK researchers set to benefit from easier access to digital services

“A new service enabling researchers to access their digital resources and applications through a single, federated sign-on is launching today thanks to Jisc. A world-first, Assent, provided by Jisc, enables simplified, seamless and secure access to the broad range of web and non-web services that researchers commonly need – from cloud, email and file storage services, through to desktop login, high performance computing (HPC) facilities and secure data communications.” (via Jisc)

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New Anne Arundel library policy allows residents to borrow up to 99 DVDs

“The ultimate challenge: 99 movies. One hundred sixty-eight hours — if you don’t require sleep. Anne Arundel County Public Library has upped the number of movies residents can check out at one time to 99. The previous limit was 10 — five each from two different categories. “It’s always been confusing to our customers how many DVDs they can check out,” said library spokeswoman Christine Feldmann. “We heard from staff that customers were looking to check out more… There was no downside for us.” (via capitalgazette.com)

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