Baucus donates Senate papers to UM archives

“Sen. Max Baucus is donating his Senate papers to the University of Montana’s Mansfield Library, along with $850,000 in leftover campaign money to cover the cost of archiving the documents. Donna McCrea is head of the library’s archives and special collections. She said Thursday with the addition of Baucus’ papers the library will have more than 100 years of congressional history available to study.” (via AP)

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Chicago Public Library launches redesigned website

“The Chicago Public library launched a new website this morning, its first redesign since 2007 touting features that can be likened to “Pinterest meets Amazon.” The new site not only allows users to search the digital shelves more quickly. They can now read and post book reviews shared by users at 200 libraries around the world, and they can check their place in line for a reserved item, said Ruth Lednicer, spokeswoman for the Chicago Public Library. The library’s home page offers Pinterest-like “cards” showcasing book lists, upcoming events and blog posts by librarians that can be easily shared on social media, Lednicer said.” (via chicagotribune.com)

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Tussle Erupts Over Libraries In Northern Colorado

“Libraries are sedate and quiet — nothing like a tussle over control of a library system that has erupted in northern Colorado. This week, elected leaders from five Weld County towns and from the county commission agreed to move ahead with an effort to oust the entire High Plains Library District Board, which some librarians in rural parts of the county accuse of trying to take over their libraries. A sixth member of the tax district, the city of Greeley, has not joined the campaign.” (via AP)

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Welsh libraries and museums get £2.2m cash injection

“The National Library of Wales has been awarded more than £320,000 to develop its online services as part of a £2.2m package for libraries and museums around Wales. The money will benefit two schemes at the National Library in Aberystwyth. A further £1m will help modernise nine libraries elsewhere. A mobile library service in Ceredigion and a project which involves making archives more accessible has also won funding.” (via BBC News)

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Mayor de Blasio’s allies call for shelving $150 million allotted for Fifth Ave. library renovations

“Some of Mayor de Blasio’s closest allies — including Susan Sarandon and the Rev. Al Sharpton — are asking City Hall to kill $150 million in capital funding for renovations on the New York Public Library’s Fifth Ave. main branch. The advocates want de Blasio to reallocate that money toward struggling branch libraries.

“Taking money away from branch libraries to subsidize NYPL’s real estate plans will hurt students, seniors, immigrants (and) job seekers,” the coalition wrote in a letter to de Blasio.” (via NY Daily News)

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Young Iraqi hopes books will stop his peers from migrating

“Bathed in the rainbow-colored light of an old Baghdadi window, Ali al-Makhzomy explained his plan to get technology-obsessed young Iraqis to read books — old-fashioned books, with pages. Outside the cafe where he sat, concrete blocks protect businesses from car bombs. Eleven years after the toppling of Saddam Hussein, young people who despair of a future in Iraq are still trying to emigrate. Many of those who remain hope that their country will someday emerge as a new version of ultra-modern, oil-rich Dubai.” (via The Washington Post)

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SC Senate approves bill to give libraries legal muscle to ban patrons

“The S.C. Senate voted 32-6 on Tuesday to approve a bill that would give public libraries legal muscle to ask patrons to leave and stay away. The bill would make it a misdemeanor to for someone to refuse to leave a library if asked by a library’s manager or director, or to return to the library after being warned in writing to stay away.” (via The State)

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Citizens Defending Libraries urges de Blasio administration to help the Brooklyn Public Library pay for $300 million in repairs for leaky roofs and crumbling interiors

“Save the air conditioner, save the branch. A civic group wants the city to bail out the cash-strapped Brooklyn Public Library system, which is mired in $300 million in repair needs — from leaky roofing to crumbling walls. Citizens Defending Libraries will gather outside a Grand Army Plaza board meeting Tuesday to urge the de Blasio administration to pay for costly repairs, including a $3.5 million air conditioning unit at a Brooklyn Heights branch.” (via NY Daily News)

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Random House, LLC. eBook Titles Now Available Through EBSCO eBooks

“EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is now offering popular fiction and nonfiction e-books published by Random House, LLC. (Random House), the world’s largest general trade book publisher. EBSCO and Random House have partnered to give customers of EBSCO eBooks™ access to more than 30,000 e-books from some of the most notable Random House authors, including Dan Brown, Sheryl Sandberg, Dean Koontz, Gillian Flynn and more. Random House titles have been added to the nearly 600,000 e-books and audiobooks that EBSCO eBooks already offers. The titles represent both frontlist and popular backlist titles from all Random House imprints and publishing groups, which publish fiction and nonfiction, both original and reprints, by some of the foremost and most popular writers of our times.” (via EBSCO)

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Arts, library advocates push for higher taxes in Miami-Dade

“With Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez floating the idea of a property-tax hike, groups that could benefit from the new dollars are urging him to take the hint and run with it.Gimenez revealed last month he would consider raising taxes to fund libraries, parks and cultural institutions if voters first endorsed the idea in a straw poll this summer. Now advocates for those causes are putting pressure on the mayor to follow through on his trial balloon and pursue the tax increase.” (via MiamiHerald.com)

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