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National Library of Wales to digitise sound recordings

“The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth has become part of a new sound archive network.It will become one of 10 “sound preservation centres” that will work with the British Library to protect rare and unique recordings as part of a £18.8m project. In Wales alone, 5,000 items will be digitised. Lona Mason, visual images librarian at the library, said it was “a race against time” to save the recordings.” (via BBC News)

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Are school libraries headed toward extinction? LAUSD principals are choosing other ways to spend limited budgets, but some board members want to change that

“Five more LA Unified high schools may divert their funding for teacher librarians this fall as principals decide to spend their budgets on other pressing needs, meaning 15 of the 84 high school libraries would not be fully staffed. The state’s Local Control Funding Formula allows more autonomy for district schools, and library staffing is among the discretionary items. But at an April committee meeting, three school board members indicated they would like to see library positions required at schools. If they enlist a fourth board member, they could make the positions required at schools, even though principals have repeatedly indicated they need autonomy over their budgets.” (via LA School Report)

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Facing big budget cuts, librarians to get the boot from almost a dozen Dallas ISD schools

“Almost a dozen Dallas schools will soon no longer have a librarian. Among them are four high schools — Roosevelt, Lincoln, A. Maceo Smith New Tech and Gilliam Collegiate Academy. So are three middle schools in the district’s ACE turnaround program: Edison, Rusk and Zumwalt. School officials say it’s the result of drastic budget cuts as the district scrapes around to make up for a $60 million shortfall next year. The changes will save $2 million.” (via Dallas News)

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“One of the nation’s largest public collections of rare books is closing for renovations.Boston has begun undertaking a multi-million dollar effort to preserve the Boston Public Library’s historic Rare Books and Manuscripts Department. The nearly $16 million investment began with taking inventory of the department’s nearly 250,000 books and one million manuscripts. The next phase calls for renovations to better regulate temperature and humidity in the collection’s storage areas, staff spaces, conservation lab, and public reading room.” (via The Associated Press)

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Librarians putting flowers in empty bottles of A.1. sauce in the Avon Lake Library

“Avon Lake librarians are now putting flowers in all the A1 bottles they have received.The library is trying to solve a mystery surrounding more than a dozen steak sauce bottles staff members have found inside the building. Jill Ralston is the PR and Marketing Coordinator for the library. She says they found the first bottle shoved inside of newspapers in January, and since then they’ve found 30 empty A.1. steak sauce bottles in the past few months.” (via Cleveland 19 News)

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