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Library Cat Evicted: City Council Votes To Oust Library’s Mascot Of 5 Years Due To ‘Pettiness’

“A Texas city council has voted to evict a library cat.The library has been home to a light-grey tabby kitty named Browser for five years. The council ordered his eviction in a 2-to-1 vote, according to Fox News. The mayor of White Settlement says the council cites “pettiness” as the reason for Browser’s sudden eviction. According to Mayor Ron White, the cat’s eviction is based on city hall’s pettiness due to a city employee not being allowed to bring a puppy to work.” (via Inquisitr)

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Librarians share the lurid and macabre of downtown La Crosse

“A sunny afternoon took a sinister turn on Saturday during the Dark La Crosse trolley tour. Tales of murder, ghosts and prostitution gave patrons a taste of La Crosse’s more sordid history.Barry McKnight of the La Crosse Public Library’s Archives Department narrated the tour, intoning, “Our dark nature is everywhere. You can’t avoid it.”McKnight first directed the audience’s attention to the red-light district, located on Pearl Street from 1850 to 1915. Men traveling the Mississippi River in the lumber industry kept 40 to 50 brothels in business.” (via The Kansas City Star)

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ProQuest Expands Publisher Participation in Access-to-Own to Include Almost 400,000 Titles

“With its newest acquisition model launching next month, ProQuest has grown the number of titles available through Access-to-Own to almost 400,000 and dramatically increased publisher participation in just eight months. ProQuest developed Access-to-Own in collaboration with libraries and publishers around the world to provide a usage-based acquisition model that offers a balanced approach and a wider array of frontlist as well as backlist titles to libraries and the researchers they serve.” (via PR Newswire)

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See the Gutenberg Bible, 32,000 3D Mechanical Puzzles and a Lock of Edgar Allen Poe’s Hair at This Rare Library

“Only 48 copies of the Gutenberg Bible exist today, both in partial and full form. The book was the first major work produced on a printing press with movable type in 1455—and Indiana University’s Lilly Library in Bloomington, Indiana, has one of its own.The library itself is hidden on the Indiana University campus, tucked between one of the college’s theaters and an auditorium, about an hour south of Indianapolis in southern Indiana. Visitors to Bloomington typically go to see the city’s stunning architecture—it’s ranked 6th in the nation by the American Institute of Architects for architectural innovation and design—and the beautiful college that frequently ranks in the top 50 amazing campuses. But the Lilly Library is a hidden treasure, often elusive to visitors who have no idea of the wonders within.” (via )

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In defense of book collecting

“As of this writing there are 1,790 books in my apartment, some couple hundred in my campus office, and an unknown number floating about on loan to various friends and students. This represents a decrease of probably 20 percent from the height of my mania. Over the past few years, I have embarked on culling operations, boxing up hundreds of books and carting them to used bookstores. Spilling off shelves, piled in tottering stacks on every flat surface and a few angular ones, the books are snowing me under. Please do not think I make a habit of counting my books. I just did it for this piece, it took forever, and I do not intend ever to count even one book again.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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OCLC Wins Knight News Challenge Award to Promote Collaboration between Public Libraries and Wikipedia

“OCLC has been named a winner of the Knight News Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, for a project that will promote collaboration between public libraries and Wikipedia and bring together authoritative library resources and contributors to one of the most popular information resources on the web.The project was selected as a winner from more than 600 applications and 47 semifinalists. Launched in September 2015, the Knight News Challenge on Libraries is funding breakthrough ideas that help libraries serve 21st century information needs.” (via OCLC)

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Don’t fret about library’s empty shelves

“Walking through the central branch of the Indianapolis Public Library, it seems a little bare. Chunks of shelves lie empty, mainly around the area with reference books right in front of the stairs to the second floor. But the library shelves won’t stay vacant for long. Instead, the library is working to keep its collection fresh and make room for new material coming in, said John Helling, director of public services at the library. (via Indy Star)

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Gale Adds Microsoft Integration to Popular Products

“Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, today announced a relationship with Microsoft Corp. to integrate its most widely used product lines with Microsoft’s Office 365. The integration makes it easier for students and researchers to download, email, share, and access their research content from anywhere using familiar tools.” (via Cengage Learning)

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Historypin wins Knight News Challenge award for “Our Story” project in partnership with DPLA

“Historypin announced today that they have been awarded $222,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight News Challenge on Libraries, an open call for ideas to help libraries serve 21st century information needs. Selected from more than 615 submissions, Historypin’s “Our Story” project, a partnership with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), will collaborate with more than a dozen rural libraries in New Mexico, North Carolina and Louisiana to host lively events to gather and preserve community memory, and to measure the impact of these events on local communities.” (via DPLA)

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BERLIN LIBRARY RETURNS 384 BOOKS TO FREEMASONS

“The Berlin State Library is returning 384 books, magazines and other publications dating back to the 18th century to a Freemason Lodge after determining they were stolen by the Nazis in the 1930s. Matthias Bohn, the head of the Johannis Lodge “Teutonia zur Weisheit” in Potsdam, said Thursday the books were important for the history of his organization, and contained “the stamps and traces of their previous owners.” (via Associated Press)

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