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Anyone Can Pivot: What The Changing Role Of Librarians Means For You

“While students were in love with EasyBib when we first introduced it in 2001, we also had some no-so-happy opponents. As a service that saved time by automating the process of creating citations and bibliographies, many librarians and English teachers initially weren’t thrilled. They believed we were indirectly taking away the learning process of creating citations, and were apprehensive of the idea of software generating accurate citations. I remember, as part of guerilla marketing tactics, cold emailing a librarian about EasyBib. She responded, coldly, that she would never consider using a product like ours with her students, and that it encouraged student laziness.” (via Forbes)

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[Philadelphia] Free Library gets its biggest grant ever

“The William Penn Foundation is extending its longtime role as primary benefactor of the Free Library of Philadelphia by awarding the library the biggest grant in the history of either institution. The Free Library will receive $25 million from William Penn over three years, helping to pay for renovations at the Central Library downtown, plus the renovation and expansion of five neighborhood branches in South Philadelphia, central North Philadelphia, Logan, Tacony, and Mount Airy.” (via Philly.com)

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Libraries may digitize books without permission, EU top court rules

“European libraries may digitize books and make them available at electronic reading points without first gaining consent of the copyright holder, the highest European Union court ruled Thursday. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in a case in which the Technical University of Darmstadt digitized a book published by German publishing house Eugen Ulmer in order to make it available at its electronic reading posts, but refused to license the publisher’s electronic textbooks.” (via PCWorld)

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Wesleyan U. fires university librarian after disagreement with provost

“Wesleyan University last month fired its head librarian after a prolonged debate over the role of a library at a liberal arts institution. Patricia A. Tully, a 10-year veteran with the university, served as the Caleb T. Winchester university librarian from March 2010 until her firing last month. The news was first reported by the campus blog Wesleying.” (via insidehighered)

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The New York Public Library Receives $200,000 Grant From The New York Life Foundation For After-School Programming

“The New York Public Library (NYPL) has received a $200,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to support its after-school programming for middle school students.  The grant will be used to expand the Library’s Enrichment Zones, where trained educators work directly with students in grades one through eight, providing one-on-one and small-group tutoring to help with homework and improve academic performance in select subject areas.” (via The New York Public Library)

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EBSCO Introduces New Magazine Archives Including Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek

“Libraries can own the 20th century collections of two of the leading business magazines now that the complete backfiles for Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek are available from EBSCO Information Services. The entire digital archives going back to volume 1, issue 1 of the magazines are included in EBSCO’s Forbes Digital Archive™ and Bloomberg Businessweek Digital Archive™. Forbes has delivered key insights on the business and financial world for nearly a century. Forbes Digital Archive is the world’s only complete digital version of the Forbes backfile, with content from 1917 through 2000. The fully searchable full-text archive provides analysis on business leaders, politics, entertainment, technology, communication, culture, and style.” (via EBSCO)

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University of Michigan introduces new napping rooms in libraries

Napping is now an acceptable activity in libraries – at least, for students attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The university launched a pilot program for napping stations to be installed into their libraries for the fall 2014 semester. According to Time, the rooms will be “first-come, first-serve [places] with a 30-minute time limit on snoozing.” Students can take a quick nap to refuel in between classes or before or after studying.” (via Daily Free Press)

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Gonzalez: Queens Library chief likely to be suspended in upcoming meeting

“Thomas Galante will soon be checking out as Queens Library chief. The library’s revamped board of trustees is expected to approve a resolution Thursday night to indefinitely suspend Galante, the group’s $392,000-a-year president and CEO, according to several board sources. Gabriel Taussig, chairman of the trustees, declined a request for comment on Galante’s fate, and library spokeswoman Joanne King said she had no information on the meeting’s agenda. But several other board members said a vote on their CEO’s status will be the first item of business.” (via NY Daily News)

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Rosa Parks’ archive heads to Library of Congress

Hundreds of items from civil rights icon Rosa Parks that were long kept hidden away in a New York warehouse will have a new home at the Library of Congress for the next 10 years.Library officials announced Tuesday night that Howard Buffett, the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, is loaning the entire collection to the world’s largest library. Buffett’s foundation bought the archive last month.The collection includes about 1,500 items, including Parks’ personal correspondence and photographs, clothing, furniture, letters from presidents and her Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal.” (via AP)

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Taking A Long-Overdue Sledgehammer To The Public Library

“The day after the Oakland Public Library reopens after a long weekend, branch manager Nick Raymond doesn’t have time to talk. “I could give you maybe five seconds,” he says good-naturedly before returning to the flocking patrons.It’s a scene more typical of a blockbuster opening at a movie theater than Wednesday afternoon at a library. But Raymond manages a different kind of collection: Oakland is among a growing number of libraries across the U.S. that lend tools–as in awls, sledgehammers, and hacksaws–as well as other unexpected items like bakeware, Moog synthesizers, and human skeletons to keep pace with the times.” (via Fast Company)

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