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Library Stuff – 2000-2017 – R.I.P.

I was informed this week that Information Today (ITI) will cease sponsorship of my blog, Library Stuff, in August. ITI is a top notch company that took a chance on a second tier, haphazardly-filled, professional library blog in 2005. Thank you to everyone at ITI for making this happen for the past 12 years.

Special thanks to Richard T. Kaser, Bill Spence, and J.D. Thomas for their assistance.

Library Stuff started in August 2000 and it has had a great run. 17 years later, I am at a very different place in my career. I’m thinking of shutting it down for good.

Any thoughts from my library friends?

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What to Do With the Tributes After the Shooting Stops

“An eight-foot cross rests on its side, near an assortment of other crosses and a menagerie of police uniform patches. Close by are rain-curled posters and hundreds of artificial flowers. “Back the blue,” reads one sign, not far from where stuffed animals sit on a library shelf that once held true crime books.” (via New York Times)

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Delaware State Bar Association Opens Free Legal Research Library Through Partnership with Fastcase

“The Delaware State Bar Association and Fastcase today announced the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA) will be providing its members free access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research system.Beginning July 6, 2017, members of the DSBA, which includes attorneys, judges, law students, professors and other legal practitioners, will receive passwords to one of the largest law libraries in the world. The member benefit is unlimited — with no restrictions on time or number of transactions, unlimited printing, and unlimited reference assistance included for free.” (via Fastcase)

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Library News & Updates – July 5th, 2017

1) History book award returned amid questions about citation errors (from Inside Higher Education)

2) Orphaned herbarium collection finds a home at Fort Worth botanical institute (from Dallas News)

3) One of the first printed copies of the Declaration of Independence has been put on display at Yale University (from Associated Press)

4) Library Burned Down By ISIS (from Buzzfeed)

5) IU librarian’s behind-the-scenes work makes thousands of music recordings accessible (from Indiana University)

6) K-12 Web Archivists Capture History in the Making (Internet Archive Blog)

7) VCU Libraries secures $1 million Cabell Challenge grant (Virginia Commonwealth University)

8) At 10,000 feet in Colorado’s Rockies, a library takes shape, blending nature and books (Los Angeles Times)

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Search Algorithms Kept Me From My Sister for 14 Years

“It was because of the letter K that I found my youn­ger sister, but for 14 years, it was also the letter K that kept us apart. I’d been ­­searching for her online under variations of the name Maria Christina Sugatan since we lost touch in 1997, after our mom refused to let me speak to her. She was Maria at school but Chris at home and, later, Chrissy. It became my ritual to search for variations of her name online.” (via WIRED)

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