Bronx library fills void left by community center closing

“A Bronx library is helping to fill a void created by the closure of a beloved community center, expanding English language classes to a neighborhood heavily populated by immigrants. The basement meeting room of the High Bridge Library was packed Tuesday morning with people who gathered for an informational session regarding the new offerings. After the room reached capacity — half an hour before the planned start time — dozens more were told to come back in January. “There is a great deal of need in this neighborhood,” said High Bridge Library manager Margaret Fleesak, 61. “We’ve tried our best to fulfill some of the need.” (via NY Daily News)

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Evan R. Chesler Named Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The New York Public Library

“The Board of Trustees of The New York Public Library announced that, effective today, renowned attorney Evan R. Chesler will succeed Neil L. Rudenstine as its next chairman. Chesler, a Bronx native and chair of prominent law firm Cravath, Swaine, & Moore LLP, has been a member of the Library’s Board of Trustees since November 2009, most recently serving as both Vice Chairman and Executive Committee Chairman. His appointment was announced at today’s Board of Trustees meeting, held at the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.” (via NYPL)

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Building a complete Tweet index

“Today, we are pleased to announce that Twitter now indexes every public Tweet since 2006. Since that first simple Tweet over eight years ago, hundreds of billions of Tweets have captured everyday human experiences and major historical events. Our search engine excelled at surfacing breaking news and events in real time, and our search index infrastructure reflected this strong emphasis on recency. But our long-standing goal has been to let people search through every Tweet ever published.” (via Twitter Blog)

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Portland council gives library staffers power to expel unruly patrons

“The City Council voted Monday night to give Portland Public Library staff members the power to issue no trespassing orders to problem patrons, despite concerns that those powers would target the poor and minorities. Currently, library staff must call police when a patron is causing a disturbance. Library Director Stephen Podgajny said giving constable powers to private security guards hired by the library would be a more efficient way to ensure it is a welcoming and safe place for everyone.” (via The Portland Press Herald)

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F.C.C. Chief Aims to Bolster Internet for Schools

“With a goal of fiber-optic lines reaching to every school and a Wi-Fi connection in every classroom, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is expected on Monday to propose a 62 percent increase in the amount of money the agency spends annually to wire schools and libraries with high-speed Internet connection” (via NYTimes.com)

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RLUK and OCLC partner for shared collection management and visibility goals

“OCLC and Research Libraries UK (RLUK), a consortium of the largest research organisations in the UK and Ireland, today announced an expanded partnership that will help RLUK achieve key strategic objectives for shared collection management and resource discovery. Building on existing OCLC cataloguing arrangements, the new agreement offers RLUK members the opportunity to load their bibliographic metadata into WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library holdings and services. This data will then be used to facilitate better understanding and visibility of these resources for both RLUK as a group, and for individual members of the consortium.” (via OCLC)

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5 reasons the corporate workplace needs librarians

“Huge numbers of library and information professionals work in the corporate sector. Instead of supplying information services to students, children or the general public, we use our skills to help office workers, lawyers, bankers, civil servants and charity workers to find the information they need to do their jobs. Technology and changing attitudes towards information have affected us in the same ways as they have in other sectors, but we have had the additional burden of always being seen as an adjunct to the main business, an overhead rather than a source of income.” (via CILIP)

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Two St. Paul libraries reopen with bigger, brighter look

“After nearly a year of renovation work, St. Paul is reopening two of its anchor libraries with expanded areas for kids, more community meeting space and a lot more windows. On Sunday, the newly dubbed Highland Park Community Center will open its renovated library and recreational facilities to the public with a program featuring speeches, music, presentations by the architects and refreshments. A similar ceremony kicked off the reopening last weekend of the Sun Ray branch library on the city’s East Side. The cost of the two projects was $13.5 million, with $7 million coming from the city.” (via Star Tribune)

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A new read on Salt Lake City library: It’s now a great place to work

“Three years after its embattled director resigned amid an employee uprising, the Salt Lake City Public Library now ranks as one of the best places to work along the Wasatch Front. So, too, does the Salt Lake County Library System, according to a survey by Philadelphia-based WorkplaceDynamics. When former Salt Lake City Library Director Beth Elder stepped down in October 2011, staffers were both rebellious and demoralized. But this past summer’s employee survey lists the city library system 15th among midsize companies of any stripe — whether public, private, nonprofit or governmental.” (via The Salt Lake Tribune)

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Allen: African American Museum and Library materials now available online

“Starting this month many of the treasures from the collection of Oakland’s African American Museum and Library will be available online. Utilizing funds from a California State Library grant, the library staff has digitized more than 8,000 pages of manuscripts and 200-plus photographs related to civil rights, women’s history, Negro baseball leagues and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.” (via San Jose Mercury News)

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