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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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Power tools to the people! Denver is getting a tool library

“We’ve all been there. You’re working on a project around the house, and you need that one tool to finish the job. In some cities, you could visit a tool library where you could borrow what you need and get some tips on how to use it. Boulder already has a one, and Denverites could have one early next year.

Sarah Steiner is launching Denver’s Tool Library to help people get the job done.” (via CPR)

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New report urges university libraries to reconsider their role in discovery

“As faculty members and students find new ways to locate scholarly research, a new report encourages college and university libraries to re-evaluate whether their efforts to connect users with content are money well-spent. The challenge comes from the nonprofit research organization Ithaka S+R, which promotes innovative forms of teaching and scholarly communication. In a report that builds on Ithaka’s annual library survey, Roger C. Schonfeld, program director for libraries, users and scholarly practices, asks university libraries to examine what he called one of the “linchpin issues” scholars face in their research: How can they find what they need, and how can libraries help them?” (via insidehighered)

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IFLA launches toolkit to support library institutions and associations to advocate for access to information in the UN post-2015 development agenda

“As the United Nations reflects on the future of global development and the post-2015 agenda, access to information must be recognised as critical to supporting governments to achieve development goals, and enabling citizens to make informed decisions to improve their own lives. IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, believes that libraries help guarantee that access.” IFLA has launched a toolkit to support library institutions and associations and other civil society organisations to advocate for this position. The toolkit provides background on the issues and practical advice on how to set up meetings with government representatives. Template letters, talking points and examples of how libraries help meet development goals are included. The toolkit is available for download from the IFLA Libraries and Development website (via IFLA )

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New Moorestown library’s mistaken motto: “We second-guess all”

“We second-guess all.” Not exactly the phrase the township’s architect intended to display on the side of the new library. But, it turns out that’s exactly what the translation of the Latin phrase “Nos Secundus Coniecto Omnia” engraved on the exterior walls of the building means, leaving the architect stunned. “We were convinced it said, ‘We confirm all things twice,’ ” said Rick Ragan, of the Ragan Design Group.” (via Burlington County Times)

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Library’s rare treasures getting digital access

“Stepping into the rare books room at the Allen County Public Library is like stepping back in time. Antique furniture complements the character of a room devoted to the library’s ever-expanding collection of rare and antique – even ancient – books and artifacts.” (via The Journal Gazette)

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Rosenblum: Hennepin County Library launches website, and worry, for some teen patrons

“The launch of a new website hardly is newsworthy anymore, even if it is mobile-friendly, chock full of fresh resources and boasting an improved search engine. So the developers of Hennepin County Library’s “improved” website, which was to debut in early October, might be surprised to discover that librarians, not generally considered the most raucous among us, have quite the loud roar. The librarians’ displeasure with the new website is due in part to lack of transparency and public input as the site was being created — an ironic twist, occurring as it did under the roof of society’s most revered institution of free and open information. Mostly, though, they’re alarmed by the decision to shut down two highly popular youth websites, KidLink.” (via Star Tribune)

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