Carla Hayden Takes Charge of the World’s Largest Library

“Carla Hayden still remembers the day when, more than fifty years ago, she realized the importance of library due dates. After school, while her mother was at work, she would walk to her local storefront library in Queens. “Week after week after week,” Hayden told me recently, she would check out “Bright April,” her favorite book. Then she would go to a store across the street and get a hamburger. But, one day, Hayden failed to return a book on time, and she had to spend her pocket money on the late fee. “I had to miss a hamburger,” she said. “That’s when I learned about fines.” (via The New Yorker)

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Duke University Libraries Receives Virtual Reality Grant to “Flip Prisons”

“The Duke University Libraries have received a $52,647 grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board to help transform an abandoned prison into a sustainable farm and education center through the magic of virtual reality.“It’s not easy to visualize how an abandoned and unused prison can be repurposed to help a struggling community,” said David Stein, Duke PepsiCo Education Technology Partnership Coordinator and principal investigator for the project. “We are ‘shackled’ by our preconceived notions of what prisons can be.” (via Duke University Libraries Blogs)

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U-M Library launches Research Data Services and Deep Blue Data

“The University of Michigan Library is launching a suite of services as well as a repository that will support researchers throughout all phases of the research data lifecycle, which includes planning, creation, organization, sharing and preservation. This coordinated approach to research data is critical to maximizing the benefits of the $1.3 billion that U-M researchers expend annually, and to ensuring compliance with the growing number of data-management and sharing mandates applied by government and other funders” (via The University Record)

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The Internet Archive Turns 20!

“For 20 years, the Internet Archive has been capturing the Web– that amazing universe of images, audio, text and software that forms our shared digital culture.  Now it’s time to celebrate and we’re throwing a party!” (via Internet Archive Blogs)

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Books-a-Million Donates to Office for Intellectual Freedom

“When you make a purchase at Books-a-Million in Virginia Beach on Oct. 1, you’ll not only be buying a one-way ticket to new literary worlds and adventures, you’ll also be contributing to the fight against censorship.The Virginia Beach Books-a-Million and nine other stores in the district will donate 10 percent of their sales made on the Saturday of Banned Books Week to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF).” (via ALA OIF)

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