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Berkeley Public Library director resigns amid contention over book weeding

“Jeff Scott, the director of library services for the Berkeley Public Library, announced his resignation Monday after multiple protests related to the removal of thousands of books from the library’s inventory. Scott’s resignation will take effect Sept. 8, less than a year after he was appointed to the position. Sarah Dentan, acting deputy director, will take over the position while the Board of Library Trustees searches for a permanent replacement.” (via Daily Californian)

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School and Library Spotlight: How Schools Buy and Use E-Books

“Debate over the pros and cons of implementing e-books into schools continues to be robust in publishing and educational circles. But most observers agree that e-books are here to stay—at least for the foreseeable future, which is the best anyone can predict in an era of technological advances. As a new academic year kicks off and more students than ever have access to e-books, we take a look at where the educational e-book market stands today and how those titles are being purchased and used by schools. (via Publishers Weekly)

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Denver Library brews a month of craft beer, coffee and tea events

“There’s more to libraries than books. To prove it, the Denver Public Library has brewed up a month of events focused on craft beer, coffee, kombucha and even comedy. BrewHa!Ha! kicks off next week with two beer releases plus lessons on brewing kombucha and herbal potions. There are also coffee tastings throughout the month, lessons on cooking with beer and coffee, a book club and a concert by Cop Circles and Thug Entrancer. And for those already imbibing at breweries and coffee houses, there will be deals throughout the city in September from 32 partners. Getting a deal is simple: Just show your library card.” (Via Denver Post)

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This Librarian Bicycles Around San Francisco Towing a Miniature Library With Free Books

“School librarian Alicia Tapia is on a mission to spread the love of reading. Knowing the important influence books can have on literacy and learning she started towing a miniature library around San Francisco in 2013. She calls her creation Bibliobicicleta.” (via Visual News)

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Semi filled with books helped Biloxi library get back in business

“Ten years ago, a semi truck full of books was bound for a public library in hurricane-ravaged Biloxi, Mississippi. Dozens of cardboard boxes had been sorted, packed and labeled — children’s stories, young adult fiction, adult novels and reference books. Nearly all of them had been collected by one man in Columbia.” (via The Missourian)

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British Library turns down Taliban archive because of UK terror laws

“The British Library is refusing to store a collection of Taliban material because of UK anti-terrorism legislation. It took the decision not to store the archive, which has been compiled over the past three years, on legal advice. The library was told that it could be in breach of the law if it made the material, which includes Afghan Taliban maps, radio broadcasts and news papers, accessible. Since 2012 experts have been translating the archive into English as well digitising the information.” (via The Telegraph)

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How the New York Public Library digitizes its vast map collection

“While much of the city’s mapping community is focused on creating something new, a great deal of energy also goes into recovering maps that are quite old. The New York Public Library, the spiritual heart of the city’s mapmaking community, is gradually putting online its vast collection of 435,000 maps. This past January, it received a $380,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to digitize using a software program it calls “Building Inspector.” The project involves more than 1,000 volunteers manually inputting information contained on old maps that computers can’t easily handle, such as street addresses and building footprints. It’s arduous work—only 33,000 of the library’s maps have been digitized—but so far the volunteer army has completed 1.2 million tasks and helps the library to bring old maps online much faster than it could otherwise.” (via Crains)

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Amazon e-book deal with NYC public schools postponed as blind advocates say it would leave out visually impaired students

“City education officials have shelved a $30 million deal to give students electronic books after advocates complained it would exclude the visually impaired. Online retail giant Amazon had been poised to land the groundbreaking, three-year contract to create a new e-book marketplace for the Big Apple’s 1,800 public schools. But Department of Education officials said Tuesday they were delaying the plan after advocates complained that readers with visual impairments could have trouble accessing its design.” (via Daily News)

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Colombian Garbage Collector Rescues Books for Children

“A second-grade education has not stopped garbage collector Jose Gutierrez from bringing the gift of reading to thousands of Colombian children. Gutierrez started rescuing books from the trash almost 20 years ago, when he was driving a garbage truck at night through the capital’s wealthier neighborhoods. The discarded reading material slowly piled up, and now the ground floor of his small house is a makeshift community library stacked from floor to ceiling with some 20,000 books, ranging from chemistry textbooks to children’s classics.” (via NYT)

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Duke librarian doubles as scrabble whiz

“For Duke librarian Hannah Rozear, playing Scrabble is more than just a rainy day activity. Rozear, librarian for institutional services at Perkins Library, recently placed fifth in her division at the North American Scrabble Championship in Reno, Nev. The event—which ran from Aug. 1-5—featured approximately 350 players from around the world and included prize money for the winners. “I was hoping to come home with number one, but I wound up with fifth place,” Rozear said in a recent conversation.” (via Duke Chronicle)

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