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Libraries have secrets: The private rooms of North Jersey’s public libraries

Libraries – shhhhh! – have secrets. Including, probably, yours. Just ask your librarian about the books that don’t circulate. Books you don’t know about. Books not in any catalog or database. Books too rare, too wonderful, too terrible, too ridiculous or too scandalous to lend out. “This door is always locked,” says Sarah Kiefer, local history librarian, as she directs visitors into the sanctum sanctorum: the locked room behind the locked room at the Ridgewood Public Library. Here, kept at a regulated temperature of between 63 and 65 degrees, are the treasures of the Local History Room of the library’s Bolger Heritage Center.” (via

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FTC Charges Academic Journal Publisher OMICS Group Deceived Researchers

“The Federal Trade Commission has charged the publisher of hundreds of purported online academic journals with deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding publication fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The FTC’s complaint alleges that OMICS Group, Inc., along with two affiliated companies and their president and director, Srinubabu Gedela, claim that their journals follow rigorous peer-review practices and have editorial boards made up of prominent academics. In reality, many articles are published with little to no peer review and numerous individuals represented to be editors have not agreed to be affiliated with the journals.” (via Federal Trade Commission)

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IMLS Announces Over $4 Million in Library Services Grants for Native American and Native Hawaiian Communities

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced 243 grants totaling $4,055,022 through three library programs aimed at supporting and improving services among Native American and Native Hawaiian institutions. “With these grants, the Institute of Museum and Library Services is providing vital assistance to organizations that address the learning and informational needs of Tribal communities in culturally-sensitive ways,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew.” (via IMLS)

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Digitization Saves Maine State Library’s Historical Assets

“There is a certain peace to be found in the whirring fans and components of an old microfilm reader — the frosted glass screen and sturdy feel of the controls take you back to when research meant hours of careful study, not a few minutes in front of a glowing computer. And while using time-tested medium today is a nostalgic nod to the past, microfilm has largely given way to instant searchability and a seemingly endless stream of information online.” (via

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It’s goodbye, books, as UB library powers up for digital age

“In the University at Buffalo’s newly renovated Silverman Library, a half-million books have been replaced with more than 1,000 power outlets, 100 computer stations and soundproof studios where students can videotape presentations for classroom projects. The $7.2 million in changes – which took 18 months to complete – are the latest nod to the digital age on the university’s North Campus in Amherst. Students will get a look at the renovations for the first time on Monday, when classes begin and the library is open to the public.” (via Buffalo News)

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