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The secret stars of the San Francisco Public Library

“We’re sure it’s a bit of a coincidence, but after years of visiting different branches of the San Francisco Public Library, we started to discover that there are some incredibly talented people who work behind the desks, shelve the books and keep order in the world of reference materials. We set out to meet just a few of the astonishing number of musicians, artists and other creative types who dutifully serve the public every day.” (via SFGate)

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Clinton Library details upcoming release

“Long secret files about the pardon of billionaire Marc Rich, the death of White House attorney Vince Foster and former First Lady Hillary Clinton’s failed health care reform effort are set to emerge on Friday, the National Archives said Wednesday.” (via POLITICO.com)

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SU Libraries offers reserved study space through social media contest

“One Syracuse University student will have exclusive access to his or her favorite study space during midterms through an SU Libraries contest. SU Libraries is offering students the opportunity to compete to win a reserved table to study at during midterms through a social media contest. The contest requires students to take a picture of their favorite study space at the library and post it to social media sites, such as Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, using the #mySULspace hashtag.” (via The Daily Orange)

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OverDrive adds more than 200 new publishers to Global eBook catalog for schools and libraries

“OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video to libraries and schools, announced today that more than 200 publishers have joined the company’s network in 2014, 64 of which represent partners outside of North America. Now offering content in 40 languages in more than 50 countries, OverDrive continues to grow its global footprint and expand and diversify its catalog of more than 2.5 million in-copyright digital titles.” (via OverDrive Blogs)

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NOOK® and OverDrive partner to provide digital magazines and newspapers to libraries

“NOOK Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), and OverDrive, the leading eBook platform for libraries, today announced a new partnership to enable public libraries to provide readers with access to hundreds of the most popular digital magazines and newspapers from the NOOK Newsstand®. Utilizing OverDrive platforms integrated with library catalogs, library patrons in the U.S. and U.K. will be able to discover, access and read a huge selection of NOOK Newsstand titles on their NOOK tablet device and on tablets, smartphones and PCs via the suite of Free NOOK Reading Apps™. The new service is expected to roll out to customers in the coming months.” (via OverDrive Blogs)

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New York helps sort Queensland’s digital history

“The State Library of Queensland is getting members of the public to help make its digital photos, newspaper articles and diaries more accessible online as part of the Pitch In! program. Volunteers are set tasks such as adding information to photos and transcribing newspaper articles that make up the library’s online digital collection. Margaret Warren is the co-ordinator of discovery services and says people are involved from as far as New York and Ireland.” (via ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation))

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Israeli library’s manuscripts tell unique stories

“These are treasures that Israel doesn’t allow anyone to check out of its national library. Kafka’s Hebrew vocabulary notebook. The first written evidence of the Yiddish language. And the Crowns of Damascus, Bibles smuggled out of Syria 20 years ago in a Mossad spy operation so classified that their very existence in Israel was kept secret for years. Many nations maintain official libraries of their countries’ most prized historical manuscripts. Israel’s is unique: It seeks manuscripts from every country in the world where Jews have ever lived.” (via AP)

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EMORY ACQUIRES ARCHIVE OF AUTHOR FLANNERY O’CONNOR

“Emory University officials say the school has acquired the archives of American author Flannery O’Connor. They said in a news release that Emory’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library acquired the archives of the novelist and short story author from the Mary Flannery O’Connor Charitable Trust in Milledgeville, Georgia.” (via The Associated Press)

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Beyond the book: Penn State Behrend’s Lilley Library adds video games

“On a shelf at the John M. Lilley Library, across from the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, is the unlikeliest of literary icons: Emperor Piglatine, an evil cartoon pig who can blow lightning out of his nose. Piglatine is the chief villain in “Angry Birds Star Wars,” a 2012 game developed for Sony’s PlayStation 3 system. The game is one of about 150 in the library’s video game collection – the first of its kind in the University. It’s shelved with titles for the Xbox One, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS platforms.” (via Penn State University)

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MyHeritage Partners with EBSCO Information Services to Bring MyHeritage to Libraries and Educational Institutions Worldwide

“MyHeritage, the popular family history network, today announced a significant expansion into the institutional education market, with the launch of a dedicated, high-performance family history service for institutions and the signing of a strategic partnership with EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) to distribute it exclusively.” (via EBSCO)

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