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From private collection to lending library: Quatrefoil grows as resource for LGBT community

“Rainbow flags hang prominently in the windows of the Quatrefoil Library on Lake Street in Minneapolis. Housed on the ground floor of a residential building, the library is open on weekends and weeknights, and run entirely by volunteers. Kathy Robbins has been the head librarian for 15 years. “I became a librarian in real life, and I’m a lesbian, so it seemed like a perfect fit,” she said.” (via Minnesota Public Radio News)

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Libraries across the country look to Hennepin County Library for response to Black Lives Matter

“Libraries may seem an unlikely place to go in the search for answers after the police shooting of Philando Castile and Black Lives Matter protests in the Twin Cities.But the Hennepin County Library, the state’s largest library system, has responded by launching a Black Lives Matter teen reading list that is now being replicated at libraries across the country. For the first time, one of its reading lists also has been picked up by national publications.” (via

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Library of Congress Acquires Archives of the American Association of Geographers

“The American Association of Geographers (AAG)—a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904—is donating its archives to the Library of Congress. The acquisition will be housed in the Library’s Geography and Map Division, which holds the largest map and geography collection in the world.For more than 100 years, AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography by promoting discussion among its members and with scholars in related fields. Members of AAG hail from more than 60 countries. They share their interests in the theory, methods and practice of geography through collaborative groups, an annual meeting, scholarly journals and the online AAG newsletter.” (via Library of Congress)

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Windsor library promotes drunken spelling bee

“There’s already plenty of buzz about an adult spelling bee scheduled at Phog Lounge next week.Owner Tom Lucier partnered with the Windsor Public Library to host the event that gives adults an opportunity to relive their glory days, only this time with a few drinks from the bar.And there’s plenty of smack talk about the Buzzed Bee, according to Lucier. “There’s already a whack of people talking trash about how they’re going to win this thing,” he wrote on his Facebook page.” (via CBC News)

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Susanne Mehrer Named Dartmouth’s Dean of Libraries

Susanne Mehrer, the deputy librarian of Cambridge University Library in Cambridge, England, has been named Dartmouth’s dean of libraries. She will begin the role on Dec. 1, 2016. “Dartmouth’s library is the lifeblood of our liberal arts mission—the treasured archive of our past and a crucial partner in the creation of the knowledge of the future,” says President Phil Hanlon ’77. “Sue Mehrer brings not only deep experience, but the right mix of strategic vision, collaborative leadership, and innovative service to expand the library’s reach throughout campus and beyond. I’m delighted to welcome her to the Dartmouth community.” (via Dartmouth News)

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