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Penn State Libraries create research guides for MOOCs

“As MOOCs (massive online open courses) continue to gain in popularity, Penn State’s University Libraries have taken a proactive stance to provide research guides that will assist the teachers helping and the many students enrolled in the wide variety of classes. These free MOOCS typically include students who are not registered Penn State students, and thus may not use the libraries’ numerous licensed online databases or course reserve content restricted to Penn State credit classes.” (via Penn State Libraries)

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Rural Maine libraries on borrowed time as towns seek ways to save tax dollars

“If not for a donation of 125 books by Maine authors this spring, the Cherryfield Free Public Library would not have added a new book to its collection in two years. If not for volunteers, the library in Liberty would not be open six days a week. If not for supporters lobbying friends and neighbors for votes at the town meeting, the library in Mexico might be closed by now.” (via The Portland Press Herald)

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As San Diego’s Central Library turns 1, backers tout success; critics still question cost

“In its first year, the San Diego Central Library has become a domed landmark on the downtown skyline, a repository of the world’s cultural heritage, and a nine-story debate. In the era of Google and Netflix, smartphones and tablets, why should we have large urban libraries? “The library has exceeded our expectations, and we had high expectations,” said Mel Katz, immediate past chair of the San Diego Public Library Foundation, citing rising circulation figures and SRO attendance at library events. “This is so much more than a building with books and shelves. It is a community center, a place for people to meet and gather.” (via UTSanDiego.com)

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Multnomah County Library Celebrates 150 Years

“The Multnomah County Library celebrated its 150th anniversary Saturday with birthday hats and a marching band. It’s the oldest library west of the Mississippi. Director Vailey Oehlke said the library began as private subscription collection called The Library Association of Portland. It was founded by a small group of Portland merchants, who each paid $3 to join and $12 a year to access books. “They were people whose names you would recognize: Ladd, Pittock, the names of folks who appear on our street signs. In 1864, when Abraham Lincoln was president, this community recognized that this was an important thing to have,” she said.” (via OPB)

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Windsor library changes weapons policy

“The Clearview Library District officially changed its rules Thursday, Sept. 25, to allow patrons to legally carry concealed guns in the library.The library board voted unanimously Thursday evening to update the district’s conduct policy to prohibit “open carrying of firearms and weapons; carrying a concealed firearm with a firearm without a concealed firearm permit.”The “Conduct in the Library” policy had stated that all weapons were banned from the library unless carried by law enforcement.” (via Coloradoan)

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JukePop Wants To Bring Indie Titles To More Libraries

“It’s tough being an indie author. These writers lack the marketing resources of those working with big publishing houses, making it difficult to get their works on the shelves of bookstores and libraries. Readers, meanwhile, often have no idea where to start when navigating all the self-published content that exists on the web.

And this issue may be even worse now that e-books have changed the market. JukePop, an analytics and distribution platform for independent authors, is hoping to chip away at the discoverability problem by partnering up with libraries. The startup piloted a program with the Santa Clara County library system, making 1,000 e-books available to the library for free. On Tuesday, it launched a Kickstarter campaign to expand its program to more libraries across the country.” (via Fast Company)

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Dallas Libraries Attempt to Raise Money the City Won’t Give Them

“If the city won’t give money to Dallas libraries, maybe the community will. Thursday was North Texas Giving Day, which means Friends of the Dallas Public Libraries, along with other north Texas do-gooder groups, were busy rattling their tin cans for spare change to raise money that, in the library’s case, the city should already be providing. Last month, city staff released the budget plan for the next fiscal year. After several rounds of negotiations, the city settled on an additional $3.8 million to go toward the library budget. The raise comes after years of cuts, steadily driving the annual budget from $32 million in 2008 to last year’s budget of $22 million.” (via Dallas Observer)

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Rural Library Chain Closes, Citing ‘Tremendous Pressure’

“A nongovernmental organization that had run a rural library project with as many as 22 libraries across China has announced that it is closing down, citing “tremendous pressure” from the local authorities. Since 2007, Liren — which means helping someone find his way — had devoted itself to providing children in underprivileged areas with free access to books and fostering independent thinking. Its founder, Li Yingqiang, who studied economics at Peking University, had started by building a library in his own former school in Hubei Province. From there, the group formed partnerships with other primary and secondary schools, donating books and sending volunteers to help run libraries and organize reading sessions for students. Some Liren libraries that did not have partnerships with local schools were run by volunteers from private premises.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Washington University Libraries Builds Ferguson Digital Archives

“The library at Washington University in St. Louis is building a digital repository called “Documenting Ferguson.” The collection will provide the community with a space to save the media they’ve captured since the death of Michael Brown. The online collection is open for anyone to contribute material.The archive will accept photos, audio, video, and written stories.” (via St. Louis Public Radio)

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100,000 Digitized Art History Materials from the Getty Research Institute Now Available in the Digital Public Library of America

“We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. Launched in April 2013, the DPLA brings together millions of digitized books, artworks, and rare documents from American libraries, archives, and museums. Our collaboration has begun with nearly 100,000 records for digital images and texts from the Getty Research Institute’s Library and Special Collections, which contain a vast trove of rare and unique materials for the study of visual culture. In this work we join 20 other partners including the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian, and our own Los Angeles colleagues the USC Libraries. Via a beautifully designed, easy-to-use search, the DPLA makes available digital resources that would otherwise be findable only through individual institutions’ catalogues and specialized search portals. Results link to the digital items directly through partner institutions’ online catalogues as well as to shared repositories such as the Internet Archive (also a DPLA partner).” (via The Getty Iris)

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