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Seattle library patrons can check out Wi-Fi hotspot devices

As of Monday, anyone with a Seattle Public Library card could check out a Wi-Fi hotspot device to use on the go or at home. The initial 150 devices were funded with a $225,000 grant from Google and Google.org to the Seattle Public Library, according to a library news release. “We want the library to be anywhere, everywhere, any place and on any device,” said Andra Addison, a spokeswoman for the library.” (via Seattle Times)

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Farrell named Clemson dean of libraries

“An administrator with degrees in library science, public administration and American studies has been named dean of libraries at Clemson University. Mary Margaret “Maggie” Farrell, dean of libraries at University of Wyoming since 2002, will join Clemson in mid-July. “As the libraries’ chief academic and administrative officer, Maggie will provide vision and leadership for the libraries and play an important role in Clemson’s 2020Forward plan,” said Bob Jones, Clemson executive vice president and provost. “Maggie’s exceptional talent and impressive track record are perfectly aligned with our needs and aspirations.” (via Clemson)

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A Grateful Dead missed connection? How a librarian scored a free ticket to ’95 Birmingham show

“On the evening of the 1995 Grateful Dead concert in Birmingham, Katie Moellering was shelving books. She was becoming increasingly disgruntled as she watched a stream of bright colors and happy faces pass through her view from inside the downtown Birmingham Public Library. A mere four blocks from the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center, the library was a great place to watch Deadheads on their pilgrimage to the concert hall.” (via Al.com)

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Not Just Librarians Anymore: Jeffco’s DTLs are Leaders in a Digital Age

“The days of the dewey decimal system, card catalogs, and “Please Be Quiet” signs have long past for Jeffco Schools librarians. Today’s Digital Teacher Librarians (DTL’s), have very complex jobs where the focus is on student information literacy and technology. Books still form the core of their mission, but Jeffco DTL’s say the primary goal is to help students research, sift, and decipher information from a wide range of sources. They also have to ensure all the technology available to students and teachers, is in working order, and that library users are trained up on it.” (via Denver Post)

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Startup Beams the Web’s Most Important Content from Space, Free

“What do you get if you cross a satellite TV receiver with the Internet? According to startup Outernet, a way to bring billions more people the benefit of online information. By renting communications satellites, Outernet is currently blanketing about half Earth’s surface with a signal that transmits data including much of Wikipedia, open-source software, health resources from the Centers for Disease Control, and international news coverage. Cheap devices based on regular satellite TV receivers store the data that the signal gradually transfers and create a local Wi-Fi network to let nearby computers, phones, or tablets access the downloaded content.” (via Technology review)

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Robert Darnton closes the book

“Early this summer, Robert Choate Darnton, Harvard’s Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, will pack up his book-lined office on the second floor of Wadsworth House. As of June 30, the celebrated historian, digital library pioneer, and champion of books will leave the University he first saw as an undergraduate in 1957. A scholar of Enlightenment France and of the history of the book, he returned to Harvard in 1965 to join the Society of Fellows, decamped to Princeton University in 1968 for 39 years, and came back to Harvard in 2007.” (via Harvard Gazette)

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Entire Harper’s Bazaar Archive to be Accessible for First Time Online

“ProQuest is creating the first digital archive of Harper’s Bazaar, spanning 1867 through the current issue. Research outcomes in areas as wide-ranging as fashion, design, art, women’s studies, gender studies, marketing and business will be improved through simple online access and precision searching of both text and images from the magazine’s entire run. Accessible later this year on the ProQuest platform, the Harper’s Bazaar Archive will be cross-searchable along with the Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily archives and the rich variety of sources needed to generate pioneering research, such as scholarly journals, working papers, conference proceedings, ebooks, newspapers and other primary sources.” (via Proquest)

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Are seed libraries legal in your state?

“Seed libraries, initiatives that allow gardeners to share seeds with others in their community, have steadily gained popularity in the United States, with more than 400 seed libraries currently documented. However, since the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) controversial investigation of the Simpson Seed Library in Mechanicsburg, PA, in June 2014, the legal status of community seed libraries is in question across the country.” (via CSMonitor.com)

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It’s official: Obama library will be on Chicago’s South Side

“President Barack Obama has decided to build his presidential library on the South Side of Chicago, where his political career began. In a news release, the Barack Obama Foundation announced early Tuesday that the library would be erected on park land that was proposed for the site by the University of Chicago. The site was selected over bids made by Columbia University in New York, the University of Hawaii and the University of Illinois at Chicago.” (via AP)

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Saving the digital record

“When digital becomes dinosaur, most people simply get inconvenienced. But librarians and archivists get seriously concerned. Ensuring that digital content — whether it’s a short story by John Updike or a very rare audio recording of a vanished Native American language — lives on past its initial platform is one of the most pressing issues in preservation science. Harvard is one of a handful of cultural institutions in the first wave of adopting a technology and process to preserve its digital content.” (via Harvard Gazette)

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