Museums in the Age of Social

“When Americans stood in line for hours to see King Tut in the 1970s, a new kind of museum exhibition took hold: the blockbuster. Featuring spectacular artifacts from the tomb of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh, the “Treasures of Tutankhamun” traveled to six cities across the United States between November 1976 and April 1979, and drew millions of people into museums, many for the first time.” (via NEH)

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The Boston Public Library has a new president

“The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees selected a new president on Saturday, according to a statement from the library. Jill Bourne, city librarian at the San Jose Public Library, was chosen by the trustees in a unanimous vote, according to the Globe. “Jill Bourne brings new ideas, innovation, and deep experience in urban libraries to the role – from working as a children’s librarian to managing a library system,” Robert Gallery, chair of the board, said in a statement.” (via Boston.com)

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Unemployed Detroit Residents Are Trapped by a Digital Divide

“In downtown Detroit, start-ups and luxury retailers are opening up and new office buildings are being built as the city works to recover from its deep economic problems. Six miles to the north, in the neighborhood of Hope Village, residents like Eric Hill are trying to participate in that progress but are running into hurdles. His difficulties were apparent on a recent Tuesday when he crowded into the public library to use the computers to look for a new job. With no Internet service at home or on his mobile phone, Mr. Hill had few options to search work listings or file online job applications after losing his stocking job at a pharmacy five months ago.” (via The New York Times)

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Retro video games invade space at university libraries

“On the third floor of a University of Calgary building, a classic composition echoes through the halls, not Beethoven or Bach but Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. circa 1985.Old video games are disrupting the university’s ultramodern digital library.At universities across Canada, Super Mario Bros. and other games are infringing on Shakespeare’s turf, as games from the past begin to be studied as well as played.” (via CBC News)

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The Delicate Task Of Restoring One Of The World’s Oldest Libraries

“The copper craft makers in Seffarin Square in the historic district of Fez, Morocco, bang out designs on platters and shape copper pots to a rhythm. Called the medina, neighborhood streets lined with domes and archways take you back through the history of the dynasties and occupiers that ruled Morocco from the 9th century on. At the center of the square is the Qarawiyyin Library, founded more than a millennium ago.” (via KUOW)

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Ex Libris Expands Its Operations and Increases Its Investment in the Spanish Market 

“Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that it is increasing its investment in the Spanish market and has reached an agreement with its Barcelona-based partner, GreenData, that will see Ex Libris playing a direct role in the Spanish market.” (via Ex Libris)

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New library shelves 3,400 bottles of wine

“The newest library on campus contains no books and offers no borrowing privileges.Located in the basement of Stocking Hall, it lacks the soaring windows and grand views of other locations. Students can’t access the library, and since it’s kept at a constant 54 degrees, it would not offer much of a study refuge anyway.These shelves only offer learning of a certain vintage: space to hold more than 3,400 bottles of wine.” (via Cornell Chronicle)

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IFLA-FAIFE statement on the continuing detention of the Director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature

“In November 2015 IFLA-FAIFE published a statement expressing concern over the targeting of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow.  The Director, Natalya Sharina had been arrested and charged on suspicion of inciting hatred or animosity towards a social group by allegedly holding banned books in the Library.  Natalya was subsequently arrested, and then placed under house arrest.Since then Natalya has been charged with gross embezzlement and she remains under house arrest.” (via IFLA)

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Goodreads Is Finally Cashing in on Its Devoted Community

“THE PREMISE OF Goodreads is simple, as it has been since the service launched in 2007: Track the books you read, leave ratings and reviews, and network with fellow readers. In practice, though, the platform has grown to be a sprawling literary social network, equal parts Facebook, Yelp, and Reddit. Message boards, recommendations, and listicles have helped created enough space for any bookworm to find their niche.” (via WIRED)

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Darien Library to Launch New Website and Catalogue System June 1st

“Darien Library is pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of its new website on June 1, 2016. The new website is designed to be a user-centric portal to library events, services, and materials. The new website will launch with SOPAC3, Darien Library’s ground-breaking new catalog system.” (via DarienLibrary.org)

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