Florida Polytechnic Library Goes Book-Free

“A university library without books? What is higher education coming to? NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Kathryn Miller at Florida Polytechnic University about the school’s new bookless library.” (via NPR)

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Libraries in Brooklyn Add Hours and Staff

“Even on a Friday morning, the Macon branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in Bedford-Stuyvesant was buzzing: Every computer was being used, laptops had been lent out, patrons were asking for résumé advice and more than a few people were reading actual books. To accommodate that busyness, which borough librarians say is common to all 60 branches, the borough’s library system will be adding more hours, librarians and other staff members starting Oct. 4, a result of an additional $2.8 million for 2015 from the City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Are libraries banning anti-gay books? Conservative activist Laurie Higgins thinks so.

“The Illinois Family Institute has long been listed as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, so news that their “cultural analyst” Laurie Higgins has said something incendiary about LGBTQ people is not a surprise. This time, however, the particular focus of her anti-gay rant is worth considering, if only because it partakes in the phenomenon of absurd conservative rhetoric sort of sounding good if you don’t think about it too hard.” (via Slate)

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Floating library breathes new life into historic steamship

“How much new life can be breathed into an 81-year-old steamship? According to Beatrice Glow, plenty. Over the next four weeks, the Lilac Museum Steamship, berthed at Pier 25 on the Hudson River in lower Manhattan, is home to the “Floating Library” — a space for people to gather, read, discuss and create. The only rule on deck is to power off and stow your cell phone.” (via Metro.us)

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Denver Public Library launches local music service Volume

“Like books, CDs have gone the way of vinyl and cassette. This generation’s musicians are emerging in a digital landscape. Albums are sold as MP3s, branding is done through social media, and many times the instruments themselves are nothing more than laptops and hard drives. Music, along with technology, moves quickly, and it’s up to traditionalists to catch up. In the year of its 125th birthday, the Denver Public Library is hitting play on a digital means to disseminate local music to the community.” (via The Denver Post)

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Library system funding feud a page-turner

“I hate a bad breakup. It’s worse when you can’t even pick a side. One such breakup could be brewing between the San Antonio Public Library system and Bexar County. Maybe using the word breakup is too strong but, if these two can’t make it work, we’ve all got a lot to lose. Here’s the story: The relationship began way back in 1936, long before anyone had issues with billboards stinking up the landscape; the county kicked in a fee so residents who lived outside San Antonio proper could use the library’s facilities.” (via San Antonio Express-News)

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Emory’s university librarian sees ‘endless’ possibilities for libraries, technology

“It was while working in the graduate library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that Yolanda Cooper felt her first stirrings around the idea of building a career within academic libraries. She was a college student at the time, and though she’d grown up in a family that valued books and reading, there was something about the stately brick building, with its millions of volumes, special collections and cavernous reading rooms, that Cooper found especially inspiring. She had arrived at a historic moment, as the library — one of the nation’s largest university research libraries at the time — was just beginning to enter the world of automation, among the first university libraries in the U.S. to offer an online catalog.” (via Emory University)

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Calgary’s new central library in East Village: Getting the peek-a-boo reveal

“Expect loud oohing and ahhing about a library Thursday night. In front of book nerds and architecture geeks, the designers of the new central library will pull back the curtain on their grand vision. It’s a much-hyped unveiling — not quite at the same level as The Bow though it’s a public building, nor at the level of the Peace Bridge though at $245 million it costs 10 times as much” (via Calgary Herald)

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Omaha City Council likely to restore some funds for libraries, but other budget vetoes expected to stand\

“Omaha City Council members say they’re worried about long waiting lists for new books at Omaha libraries, and they’re not inclined to cut funding and risk even longer wait times. Councilman Chris Jerram said he expects the council to override a mayoral budget veto and restore $175,000 for new materials at the library in 2015. Councilman Rich Pahls, who had provided the crucial fifth vote for the library funding, said he will vote for an override on Tuesday.” (via Omaha.com)

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Denver Public Library takes on Soundcloud with local digital music service, Volume

Like books, CDs have gone the way of vinyl and cassette. This generation’s musicians are emerging in a digital landscape. Albums are sold as MP3s, branding is done through social media, and many times the instruments themselves are nothing more than laptops and hard drives. Music, along with technology, moves quickly, and it’s up to traditionalists to catch up. On the year of its 125th birthday, the Denver Public Library is hitting play on a digital means to disseminate local music to the community.” (via Reverb)

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