Making It Real: 3D Printing as a Library Service

“The New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) have repeatedly identified 3D printing as an important development in educational technology, most recently forecasting a mere two to three years before widespread adoption. 1 What will that mean for higher education and society? How will such services impact practices of higher education and potentially learning itself? What can those tasked with provisioning such services expect and plan for? In early 2012, the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), became one of the first academic libraries in the United States to provide 3D printing and scanning support as a library service explicitly available to all UNR students, faculty, and staff, as well as the public.2 Following a successful launch, the services were quickly adopted as a key component of the library’s support of UNR’s learning, teaching, and research missions.” (via EDUCAUSE.edu)

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Queens Library set to hire 50 new employees and replace private cleaning crew with staff

“The embattled Queens Library is hiring 50 more staffers and ending its use of private cleaning crews, its temporary new leader announced last week. “Queens Library staff are the best in the world,” said Bridget Quinn-Carey, the library’s interim president and CEO. “Their ranks have been thin these last few years, and that has been hard on everyone,” she said. Mayor de Blasio and the City Council boosted library funding by $2.8 million, allowing the institution to lift a hiring freeze it instated in 2008, Carey said. At least 19 new full-time librarians and clerks have already been brought on board.” (via NY Daily News)

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Multnomah County Library launches $500,000 study focused on bridging ‘digital divide’

“The Multnomah County Library is teaming up with Portland State University to tackle the “digital divide” between low-income people and their wealthier counterparts nationwide. Library leaders announced plans this week to launch an extensive study of low-income library users’ technology habits and needs. They’ll share the results of that study with colleagues across the nation, in hopes of sparking widespread improvements in the way libraries cater to patrons with limited technology access. “A lack of basic computer and internet skills, or even a lack of comfort with those tools or access to those tools, can make it really hard to search for jobs, to access health information, to get in touch with family and friends,” said Amy Honisett, a Multnomah County librarian working on the study.” (via OregonLive.com)

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Oakland libraries imperiled by budget cuts

“Next summer Oakland could lose as many as six to eight of its libraries, though it’s too soon to tell which branches might end up on the chopping block. Funded partly by the city’s general fund and partly by Measure Q—a parcel tax issued in 2004 to expand library services and add a sixth day of service at all library branches—the Oakland Public Library could face a $2.5-3.5 million deficit in July 2015, nearly a 10% drop in its total budget. “Cities that have low-funded libraries are generally on the losing end,” Director of Library Services Gerry Garzón said in a recent interview. Garzón, who served as interim director before his appointment last year, inherited the library crisis from former library director Carmen Martinez in 2012. “We provide services for the entire gamut of our residents, starting from our young patrons all the way to our seniors,” Garzón said.” (via sfgate.com)

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Linda Hall Library bets on print over digital

“As a product of the digital age, I’ve been conditioned to believe that anything worth saving is worth saving to an external hard drive. Paper can be ripped, lost, swept away, spilled on or destroyed in any number of ways. For me, digital has always been the way preserve information for the future. Luckily, the folks at Linda Hall Library in Kansas City aren’t quite so naïve.” (via Kansas City Business Journal)

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So Little Paper to Chase in a Law Firm’s New Library

“The law firm Kaye Scholer left a lot behind when it moved this month from 425 Park Avenue in Manhattan, where it had been since 1957, into new quarters at 250 West 55th Street.It left behind offices that had served giants like Milton Handler, one of whose students, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, called him a “colossus” in the realm of trade regulation; Stanley H. Fuld, a former chief judge of New York State’s highest court; and Abraham A. Ribicoff, who served Connecticut as governor and as a United States senator.It left behind the setting of the greatest drama in its 97-year history: In 1992, the partners agreed to pay a $41 million fine to settle a $275 million lawsuit by the federal government charging that the firm had improperly withheld damaging information about a failed savings association that was its client. The suit had threatened to bankrupt and ruin the firm. Kaye Scholer left something else behind: most of its law library. Shelves full of uniformly bound legal volumes — beloved of any photographer, videographer or cinematographer who needs a background that instantly proclaims “law office” — are headed to oblivion in the digital era. Kaye Scholer’s library just got there faster because of the exigencies of the move.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Lexis Advance Named Best Online Legal Research Provider by Readers in The Legal Intelligencer

“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, a leading provider of content and technology solutions, announced today that Lexis Advance®, the company’s dynamic, next-generation legal information service, has been voted the best online legal research provider in The Legal Intelligencer’s “Best of 2014” survey of Pennsylvania legal professionals. This recognition is one of six “Gold” category wins for LexisNexis solutions for the second year in a row.” (via Lexis Nexis)

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World Series: SF, KC libraries engage in Dewey Decimal Duel

“As it turns out, librarians can bring better trash talk than “Shush!” On the eve of World Series Game 1 between the Giants and Royals, the San Francisco Public Library and its Kansas City counterpart engaged in a war of words on Twitter. And it’s clear the thesaurus got a workout.” (via San Jose Mercury News)

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After Queens scandal, bills introduced to open up books at city libraries

“After Queens library boss Tom Galante was revealed to be blowing library cash on perks for himself and his cronies, legislation will be introduced in the City Council Wednesday to force city libraries to open their books. The bills, sponsored by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens), would require public annual reports detailing all library capital spending, including details of construction projects and which contractors got the cash. Library honchos would also have to financial disclosure statements with the Conflicts of Interest Board, disclosing their outside income and other details like pols and city officials have to do.” (via NY Daily News)

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[Calgary Public] Library to trim about 300,000 books from collection

“The Calgary Public Library wants to reduce its book stocks by about 300,000 in order to free up more space in the buildings to run programs. The surplus books will be cleared out before the end of the year. They will be sold through a re-seller. Calgary Public Library CEO Bill Ptacek told CBC Radio’s Calgary Eyeopener that part of the motivation for culling the collection is a big change slated for the New Year. “It’s not a well-kept secret that in January the library is going to be free, there’s going to be no charge for cards,” he said.” (via CBC News)

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