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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IMLS Awards Grant to OCLC to Help Libraries Continue to Support Community Health Initiatives

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded OCLC a grant to continue work helping libraries support health information initiatives in their communities. In July 2013, OCLC received an IMLS grant to increase libraries’ ability to respond to customer health information needs, launching the “Health Happens in Libraries” program. IMLS is supporting an expansion of that effort with a $199,050 grant to OCLC. OCLC and its partner, ZeroDivide, will develop additional resources for individual libraries to highlight ways they can lead or support health initiatives.” (via IMLS)

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Literary treasures from Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries

“Where can you find locks of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s and Mary Shelley’s hair alongside the fragments of Sappho’s poetry? At the Bodleain Libraries in Oxford, England. And also in the book “Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Bodleian Libraries.” The book includes writings and drawings and ephemera dating from ancient times — Sappho’s fragments are from the 2nd century AD — to the 20th century. Over all that time what constitutes genius has changed.” (via LA Times)

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Shanghai Library adds 2 million records to WorldCat to share its collection with the world

“Shanghai Library, the largest public library in China and one of the largest libraries in the world, has contributed 2 million holdings to WorldCat, including some 770,000 unique bibliographic records, to share its collection worldwide. These records, which represent books and journals published between 1911 and 2013, were loaded in WorldCat earlier this year. The contribution from Shanghai Library, an OCLC member since 1996, enhances the richness and depth of Chinese materials in WorldCat as well as the discoverability of these collections around the world.” (via OCLC)

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The Data-driven Library of the Future

“Last November, Portland-based library design consultant Aaron Schmidt wrote on Twitter that he wanted to create logos and visual identity packages for libraries. His first rule: “no likenesses of books.” It goes without saying that libraries are changing from repositories for journals and books to engaged community centers which offer new services that not only respond to innovative research but help shape it.” (via Inside Higher Ed)

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