At the library, a cafe and TV studio, and an effort to modernize

“The library of tomorrow will be here Friday.Boston Public Library is getting ready to debut its unique cafe-within-a-television/radio-studio-within-a-library, as part of its campaign to be a more welcoming, less stuffy community space. You won’t see any “No Talking Please” or “No Food or Drink Allowed” signs here.Greeting visitors immediately to the right of the Boylston Street entrance of the Johnson Building in the Back Bay will be a new satellite studio for public broadcaster WGBH and a 60-seat Newsfeed Cafe operated by The Catered Affair. Both are among the final pieces to the library’s ambitious three-year, $78 million renovations.” (via The Boston Globe)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS BUYS BRITISH MOVIETONE FILM ARCHIVE

“The Associated Press has purchased the film archive of British Movietone, bolstering the news cooperative’s collection with historic video from World War II, the Beatles’ conquest of America and the romance between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.The newsreels, acquired from Newsreel Archive, were originally shown in movie theaters twice a week and were the first to have sound and color. The archive includes the first recorded speeches of personalities such as Mohandas K. Gandhi and George Bernard Shaw, as well as the only footage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding filmed in high definition on 35mm film.” (via The Associated Press)

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Transgender woman sues library, insurance provider over surgery cost

“A transgender woman who works for Hamilton County’s public library system is suing her employer and its insurer over a refusal to cover sex reassignment surgery.” Rachel Dovel said in April that she had been urging the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to cover her gender confirmation surgery since last year.She’s been transitioning from a man, known as Nathan, to a transgender woman since 2014.” (via WLWT)

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Miami Libraries Cut Approval Plan

“Inflated prices and a stagnant budget have led to a significant cut in funding that is diminishing the book-buying power of Miami University libraries.While the budget for Miami’s libraries has remained flat since 2010, at around $4.7 million, the cost of periodicals and academic journals has increased by about 6 percent per year over that same period.” (via Oxford, OH Patch)

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Debate about use of librarian’s donation to UNH continues

“Students at the University of New Hampshire are still talking about the $4 million gift a frugal librarian left to the school when he died last year.Hannah Lacey and Keegan Fecher were studying at Dimond Library where cataloguer Robert Morin worked for nearly 50 years Friday afternoon. They said they heard the story about how he amassed his wealth by driving an older vehicle and eating frozen dinners. Fecher said students are opposed to the administration’s decision to use a quarter of the money on a new video scoreboard for Wildcat Stadium, not seeing the connection between a librarian and football, even though he understands the school’s perspective.” (via New Hampshire)

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