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In Hartford Seminary Library, Immigrant Finds Haven To Overcome Challenges

“Shortly before 9 a.m., Claudia Mazzucco slips out of her Putnam Street apartment and begins her daily 40-minute walk.She routinely carries a bag filled with a few books and DVDs to the Hartford Seminary library, where she goes every Monday through Friday, and sometimes Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to as late as 8 p.m., before she walks home to watch “All in the Family.”Mazzucco, a 49-year-old Argentine native, is an aspiring writer and editor but doesn’t have internet access at home, doesn’t own a cellphone, and doesn’t drive. Her lifeline to her life’s work is at the seminary, which has become her second home and a place where she’s both edited a book — just published this year — and met some of her first local friends.” (via Hartford Courant)

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Here’s the Problem With the Feds Profiting From Court Filings

“A class action lawsuit claims the federal courts are turning a profit by charging for court documents. Meanwhile, the website itself is stuck in the 1990s.” (via Wired)

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hoopla digital announces new content deal with legendary comic book publisher Archie Comics

“hoopla digital (hoopladigital.com), the category-creating mobile and online service for public libraries, today announced a new content agreement with Archie Comics, the leading mass market comic book publisher in the world and home to the largest independent library of superhero characters. With the agreement, hoopla digital’s app and online service adds popular titles from Archie Comics’ three imprints – including acclaimed, best-selling titles such as the revamped Archie and Jughead; video game favorites like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man; and Archie’s Dark Circle comics featuring genre-defying superheroes like The Black Hood. hoopla digital will also add the newly announced Betty and Veronica relaunch following the debut of the first issue this summer.” (via PRNewswire)

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Get thee to a library: It’s more important than ever

“In the wake of the provincial government’s decision to close almost half the public libraries in Newfoundland, politicians have offered up a number of justifications. The most prevalent – and specious – argument is that technology has rendered libraries obsolete, and that libraries are now relics of the predigital age. This couldn’t be further from the truth.” (via Globe & Mail)

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Goodreads Giveaways Just Got Even Better! Kindle Ebook Giveaways Now Available

“Do you love free books? How about reading a book before it’s published to the wide world? Are you one of the many Goodreads members who reads ebooks? Well, we have good news for you! Our popular Giveaways program now includes Kindle ebook giveaways. Starting today, U.S. members can enter to win Kindle ebooks, and the winners will get their copies downloaded instantly to their favorite device—no more waiting for the mailman to hurry up and make the delivery.” (via Goodreads Blog)

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Agreement ends prosecution in Tecumseh’s overdue library book case

“Prosecutors and defense attorneys wrote a “happy” ending Tuesday to a delinquent Tecumseh District Library book case. Criminal misdemeanor charges against a Tecumseh couple for failure to return rented property were dismissed in Lenawee County District Court. Defendants Melvin and Catherine Duren paid all delinquent book fees and the replacement cost of a Dr. Seuss book they were unable to find.” (via The Daily Telegram)

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Embracing the Digital Future of Art Books

“Getty Publications has just launched two born-digital collection catalogues exploring groups of ancient objects in the Museum’s collection: Ancient Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily and Roman Mosaics. These two titles inaugurate a series of dynamic, user-friendly, technologically robust digital publications focusing on the Getty collections that complement our many distinguished print publications.” (via The Getty Iris)

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Audio recordings related to the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State now available online

“More than 100 reel-to-reel audio recordings pertaining to the May 4, 1970 Kent State University shootings and their aftermath are now accessible online.The university libraries have an extensive special collection and archive related to the day the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine.” (via cleveland.com)

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What’s the Dirt?

“Looking for a tool (preferably free and easy to use) for a scholarly project?  Maybe you need to clean up, model, or interpret data. Perhaps you are looking at ways to visualize information, or you have a large number of audio files that you have to transcribe. Building a website for your project? Trying to learn how to program? Look no further, here’s DiRT, Digital Research Tools.” (via The Sheridan Libraries Blog)

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ALA report provides practical advice about adopting 3D printers in libraries

“The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) today released “Progress in the Making: Librarians’ Practical 3D Printing Questions Answered” (pdf). Co-authored by 3DPrint360 CEO Zach Lichaa and ALA Senior Policy Analyst Charlie Wapner, the document poses and answers sixteen practical questions related to establishing 3D printing as a library service. All of the questions were fielded from library professionals interested in 3D printing technology.” (via ALA)

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