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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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Library of Congress to retire Thomas

“The legislative website Thomas, a relic of the World Wide Web’s early days, will be retired by the Library of Congress on July 5. The more modern website and database Congress.gov, which launched in beta in 2012, will replace it.Thomas, named for the library’s benefactor Thomas Jefferson, launched in 1995, and was from the outset intended as an online record of the proceedings of the current Congress. At the time the site was forward looking and reflected the state of the art of online technology.” (via FCW)

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Who’s reading millions of stolen research papers on the outlaw website Sci-Hub? Now we know.

“The $10 billion world of academic publishing has been roiled in recent months by Alexandra Elbakyan, a 27-year-old grad student from Kazakhstan who set up an online database of 50 million stolen academic research papers for anyone to download for free.Scholars have long denounced a publishing system in which they provide their research for free to companies that sell it at high rates of return. Some view Elbakyan as a modern-day Robin Hood. The publishers say she is simply a criminal, relying on a system that uses stolen passwords to access data.” (via The Washington Post)

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Commissioners agree to ask for $30 million for new library in Missoula

“Missoula County commissioners wholeheartedly agreed Wednesday to place a $30-million library bond on the November ballot pending a financing agreement with the Missoula Public Library board. If voters say yes, the money will help finance construction of a four-story, 121,000-square-foot library – three times the size of the current building – with underground parking on a full city block.” (via missoulian.com)

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