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SC Senate approves bill to give libraries legal muscle to ban patrons

“The S.C. Senate voted 32-6 on Tuesday to approve a bill that would give public libraries legal muscle to ask patrons to leave and stay away. The bill would make it a misdemeanor to for someone to refuse to leave a library if asked by a library’s manager or director, or to return to the library after being warned in writing to stay away.” (via The State)

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Citizens Defending Libraries urges de Blasio administration to help the Brooklyn Public Library pay for $300 million in repairs for leaky roofs and crumbling interiors

“Save the air conditioner, save the branch. A civic group wants the city to bail out the cash-strapped Brooklyn Public Library system, which is mired in $300 million in repair needs — from leaky roofing to crumbling walls. Citizens Defending Libraries will gather outside a Grand Army Plaza board meeting Tuesday to urge the de Blasio administration to pay for costly repairs, including a $3.5 million air conditioning unit at a Brooklyn Heights branch.” (via NY Daily News)

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Random House, LLC. eBook Titles Now Available Through EBSCO eBooks

“EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is now offering popular fiction and nonfiction e-books published by Random House, LLC. (Random House), the world’s largest general trade book publisher. EBSCO and Random House have partnered to give customers of EBSCO eBooks™ access to more than 30,000 e-books from some of the most notable Random House authors, including Dan Brown, Sheryl Sandberg, Dean Koontz, Gillian Flynn and more. Random House titles have been added to the nearly 600,000 e-books and audiobooks that EBSCO eBooks already offers. The titles represent both frontlist and popular backlist titles from all Random House imprints and publishing groups, which publish fiction and nonfiction, both original and reprints, by some of the foremost and most popular writers of our times.” (via EBSCO)

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Arts, library advocates push for higher taxes in Miami-Dade

“With Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez floating the idea of a property-tax hike, groups that could benefit from the new dollars are urging him to take the hint and run with it.Gimenez revealed last month he would consider raising taxes to fund libraries, parks and cultural institutions if voters first endorsed the idea in a straw poll this summer. Now advocates for those causes are putting pressure on the mayor to follow through on his trial balloon and pursue the tax increase.” (via MiamiHerald.com)

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Queens Library Board votes not to suspend big-spending director Thomas Galante

“The luxury-loving director of the Queens Library survived a vote to suspend him Thursday. Following a five-hour meeting, much of it behind closed doors, the library’s board voted 9-9 not to force director Thomas Galante to take a leave of absence. The tie meant the motion to suspend did not carry. One board member, Terri Mangino, arrived from Florida at the last minute to cast her vote, said a source with knowledge of the proceedings. “They waited for her to fly in because they knew she would vote to keep Tom,” the source said. “They knew she would tie it up.” (via NY Daily News)

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Myth About Harvard Book Made of Human Skin Debunked

“Science: 1, Internet: 0. For one reason or another—perhaps it was the flashy headline, or the gruesome mysterious details—a nearly decade-old story published by the Harvard Crimsonabout a collection of books at the university’s library, that are allegedly bound in human skin, crawled to the surface of the Internet this week.” (via Boston Magazine)

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DCMS re-appoints Baroness Blackstone as Chairman of the British Library

“The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Rt. Hon Maria Miller MP, has re-appointed Baroness Blackstone as Chairman of the British Library for a further four year term. Tessa Blackstone has served as British Library Chairman since September 2010. Key achievements during her first term of appointment include: the recruitment of Roly Keating as CEO in 2012; a £8.8m partnership with the Qatar Foundation; the incorporation of the Public Lending Right into the Library; the move of the Library’s newspaper collection to Boston Spa and construction of the Newspaper Storage Building; the implementation of non-print legal deposit legislation and a successful and stimulating public exhibition programme.” (via British Library)

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ScienceDirect Content Now Available to MyScienceWork Users

“Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has announced its collaboration with scientific social network MyScienceWork on a pilot initiative to enable researchers to easily share and discover over 11 million articles through MyScienceWork. The pilot will allow MyScienceWork users to read, annotate and share articles from ScienceDirect within the MyScienceWork interface among each other. The articles on MyScienceWork will be presented the same way as users find them on ScienceDirect: full text published articles will be available to those affiliated with ScienceDirect subscribers and Open Access articles will be available to all.” (via Elsevier)

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DPLA Announces $594,000 in New Funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Research and Pursue Sustainability Model

“The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today $594,000 in new funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to research potential sustainability models and to pursue the most promising option (or options). This two-year grant will allow DPLA to expand its staff to target opportunities for further development and revenue, without compromising its mission of open access to the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums.” (via Digital Public Library of America)

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The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Acquires Collections of George Avakian and Anahid Ajemian

“The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has acquired the archives of George Avakian and Anahid Ajemian, the husband and wife whose remarkable careers each helped shape the music industry, as well as produce and record some of its greatest stars. The Avakian Collection will provide the most complete documentation of the work of a 20th century recording executive, whose career with Columbia Records and other labels encompasses a golden age of recorded jazz, popular and classical music. The Ajemian Collection offers access to one of the foremost violin and piano duos of its time, which commissioned, premiered and recorded works by some of the most prominent classical composers of the 20th century. Together, their collections form an extraordinary resource for the study of jazz, popular and modern classical music, the recording industry, and more.” (via The New York Public Library)

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