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Ransom Center provides free online access to over 22,000 images of literary collections

The Ransom Center — UT’s world-recognized rare book and manuscript library — is removing the requirement for permission as well as use fees for a significant portion of its online collections that are in the public domain, the university announced today. Dubbed Project REVEAL (Read and View English and American Literature), the year-long initiative digitized 25 of the center’s manuscript collections of American and British literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries.” (Via Austin360)

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The New New York Public Library

“This is our moment!” said Tony Marx, the President and CEO of the New York Public Library (NYPL), as he was winding his comments about the present and future of libraries up to a crescendo: “Libraries are the central institution of civil society with the largest reach for everyone.” He continued with his carpe diem challenge that now is the time to work in a bigger way than ever before to scale up his library’s reach and to both preserve its long-held traditions and transform its offerings to suit the 21st century.” (via The Atlantic)

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Cuyahoga County library chief starts new chapter as president of American Library Association

Cuyahoga County Public Library Executive Director Sari Feldman has taken the reins of the American Library Association, the world’s oldest library association, where she will serve a one-year term as president. Feldman, who was elected last year and served a year as president-elect, immediately announced a new long-term public awareness campaign aimed at boosting funding for libraries of all kinds, from public libraries to school libraries. The campaign also will seek to increase advocacy on behalf of libraries on information policy issues such as net neutrality.” (Via Cleveland.com)

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PATTERSON ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OF GRANTS TO SCHOOLS

“James Patterson is announcing the first round of school libraries to receive grants from an initiative he and Scholastic Reading Club launched in March, and he continues to raise the amount of money he will donate. The best-selling and prolific author said Tuesday that $500,000 has been given to 127 schools, from Berryville Middle School in Arkansas to the Pierre Indian Learning Center in South Dakota. Individual grants range from $1,000 to $10,000, part of a program Patterson and Scholastic originally set at $1.25 million, but now stands at $1.75 million. On Tuesday, he committed an additional $250,000, the second time since March he raised funding by $250,000. An “overwhelming” volume of requests, more than 28,000, for books and other resources is behind the latest increase.” (Via AP)

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Coming soon to your St. Paul library: Data tracking

“Just about every week, Abe Alk steps up to the circulation desk at St. Paul’s Rondo Library with a big stack of movies. Documentaries are his favorite. “I have learned a lot of history from libraries, because sometimes I get like 12 DVDs,” he said. “So I am probably [their] No. 1 user.” Alk has been coming to this library since he moved to St. Paul three years ago. But the library knows almost nothing about him — probably just his name, his address and his birthday.” (via MPR)

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Huntington Library President Steven Koblik leaves with sense of pride

“Even in the home stretch of his 14-year run as president of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Steven Koblik was still learning on the job. Recently leading a visitor on a tour of some of his favorite things on the 207-acre spread in San Marino, Koblik began with the reading room where scholars writing books come from around the world to comb through manuscripts and rare books from the Huntington’s huge collections.” (via LA Times)

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At the heart of the Monterey Public Library, a homeless community

Minutes before the Monterey Public Library opened its doors on Wednesday, a group of homeless people filled the rear quad area. The atmosphere was tranquil, though just five days previously their refuge was tainted by a deadly altercation.” (via Monterey Herald)

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CENIC and the City and County of San Francisco Collaborate to Make San Francisco Public Library the First 10 Gigabit Library in the U.S.

“San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), and the City and County of San Francisco announced today that they have collaborated to provide unprecedented direct connection at 10 gigabits per second access speed to CENIC’s California Research and Education Network (CalREN) and from there to the world” (via SFPL)

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Meet the first tablet made just for your local library

“Back in 2006, a media devices company called Findaway launched its first product, inspired by the growth of the iPod. The Playaway was a little audio player that came pre-loaded with one audiobook — basically the evolution of a book-on-tape. There was good buzz for it. They landed a deal with Borders and Barnes & Noble to distribute it. It was even featured on “Oprah,” thanks to the show’s book club. Yet when the holiday season came, it completely flopped. Then the company started getting calls from an unexpected source: libraries.” (via Washington Post)

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Digital Public Library of America makes push to serve all 50 states by 2017 with $3.4 million from the Sloan and Knight foundations

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is on the way to connecting online collections from coast to coast by 2017 – an effort boosted by a new $3.4 million investment, comprising $1.9 million from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and $1.5 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. These two new awards, coupled with significant earlier support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will allow DPLA to open new Service Hubs that provide a way for all cultural heritage organizations across the country to connect through one national collection.” (via DLPA)

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