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A new read on Salt Lake City library: It’s now a great place to work

“Three years after its embattled director resigned amid an employee uprising, the Salt Lake City Public Library now ranks as one of the best places to work along the Wasatch Front. So, too, does the Salt Lake County Library System, according to a survey by Philadelphia-based WorkplaceDynamics. When former Salt Lake City Library Director Beth Elder stepped down in October 2011, staffers were both rebellious and demoralized. But this past summer’s employee survey lists the city library system 15th among midsize companies of any stripe — whether public, private, nonprofit or governmental.” (via The Salt Lake Tribune)

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Allen: African American Museum and Library materials now available online

“Starting this month many of the treasures from the collection of Oakland’s African American Museum and Library will be available online. Utilizing funds from a California State Library grant, the library staff has digitized more than 8,000 pages of manuscripts and 200-plus photographs related to civil rights, women’s history, Negro baseball leagues and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.” (via San Jose Mercury News)

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Highland Park library adds ukuleles

“Passers-by may begin to hear the gentle plinking of ukulele strings from the Highland Park Public Library. Beginning this month, library cardholders can check out the petite string instruments that commonly evoke Hawaiian beach bonfires and crashing waves. Patrons 8 and older can borrow the instrument and accompanying training materials for a couple of weeks, no lei or experience necessary.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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NC library donates Nazi photos to Holocaust Museum

“A collection of photographs of Nazi Germany during World War II now belongs to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., after spending decades in North Carolina. The Perquimans County Library donated three volumes that depict Germany in 1939-41, The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported. The volumes have a German title that translates as “Greater Germany in the Affairs of the World.” Most of the photo albums were prepared as gifts for Nazi party leaders and contained photographs of German cities, official construction projects, art works, and Nazi activities, according to research by the Library of Congress.” (via AP)

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Public libraries a dying service?

“It’s about books, not bookkeeping – or at least it used to be. “That’s not part of what you learned about when you went to school to be a librarian years ago,” said Sue Erdman, Executive Director at the Joseph T. Simpson Library in Mechanicsburg. In many ways, Erdman has become a full-time fund raiser, the library itself is responsible for 26 percent of their own budget.

“It was just like, well you wont get your second payment this year, and that was it,” said Joy Hamsher, director of the New Cumberland Public Library.” (via WHTM Harrisburg, Pa.)

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Hachette, Amazon end nasty feud with deal on book sales

“Publisher Hachette and Amazon ended Thursday an acrimonious feud over online book sales that highlighted Amazon’s market dominance and fuelled protests from leading authors like John Grisham and Stephen King. After six months in which Amazon clamped down on sales of Hachette Publishing Group books on its website, the two announced a multi-year agreement on ebook and print book sales in the US market.” (via AFP)

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Nearly 8 in 10 Americans Have Access to High-Speed Internet

“An estimated 78.1 percent of people in U.S. households had a high-speed Internet connection last year, according to a new report released today from the U.S. Census Bureau. However, digital divides exist among the nation’s metropolitan areas and demographic groups. These statistics come from the American Community Survey, which collected data on this topic for the first time in 2013 and is the largest survey used to examine computer and Internet use in the U.S.” (via Census.gov)

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Easier access to Omaha library patrons’ info unconstitutional, ACLU tells board

“A proposal to give law enforcement easier access to library patrons’ information is unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union contended Wednesday.The ACLU of Nebraska weighed in a week before the Omaha Public Library Board is scheduled to vote on such a proposal, requested by the Mayor’s Office.Currently, a law enforcement officer must obtain a warrant or a subpoena to access personal information from an Omaha library card.” (via Omaha.com)

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“Ballin’ On A Budget:” How A Miami Teacher Keeps His Library Stocked

“Miami Northwestern High School teacher Daniel Dickey says there’s no silver bullet or secret book which will spark a student’s interest in reading. Instead, he says he asks questions and listens. “I sit down with that student and really figure out what is it that drives you?” Dickey says. “Why do you come to school? Why are you here every day?” He asks them about their plans, their dreams.” (via StateImpact Florida)

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In Europe, Slower Growth for e-Books

“E-books have made impressive inroads into the English-reading world, but their success in Europe — even among wealthy, tech-savvy countries with robust publishing industries — remains spotty at best. In the United States and Britain, sales of e-books represent between a quarter and a third of the consumer book market and, by 2018, will edge out printed and audio books as the most lucrative segment, according to projections by the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. But the picture is radically different in continental Europe. Last year, digital books made up 8 percent of the consumer book market in France, less than 4 percent in Germany and Italy, and 1 percent in Sweden and Norway.” (NYTimes.com)

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