An Amphitheater. A Laptop Bar. It’s a New York Library Like No Other.

“More a theater for learning than a citadel of research, the new 53rd Street Library offers one surprise after the next as it unfolds below the sidewalks of New York. Monday is opening day. The 53rd Street Library is the long-awaited, long-delayed replacement for the Donnell Library Center, a beloved and heavily used branch of the New York Public Library system. Donnell was also that increasingly precious thing: a free civic amenity in one of the poshest areas of Manhattan.” (via NY Times)

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E-books fair game for public libraries, says advisor to top Europe court

“Electronic books should be treated just like physical books for the purposes of lending, an advisor to Europe’s top court has said.Maciej Szpunar, advocate general to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), said in an opinion published (PDF) Thursday morning that public libraries should be allowed to lend e-books so long as the author is fairly compensated.A 2006 EU directive says that the exclusive right to authorise or prohibit rentals and loans belongs to the author of the work. However, countries may opt out of this rule for the purposes of “public lending,” provided that authors obtain fair remuneration.” (via Ars Technica)

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Gwinnett libraries to offer self-service access

“A Norcross-based company is giving the Gwinnett County Public Library a chance to be the first library system in North America to have self-service access outside of normal hours.Library officials announced this week that a pilot program will be available at the Lawrenceville branch beginning June 20. It’s called “Open+” and registered customers will have access to the branch from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.Open+ is a system developed by technology supplier Bibliotheca that automatically controls and monitors building access, self-service kiosks, public access computers, lighting, alarms, public announcements and patron safety. Security cameras will monitor the use of the facility.” (via gwinnettdailypost.com)

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Berkeley library investigation of employees raises hackles

“Charging at least two librarians with insubordination, the Berkeley Public Library hired a law firm at $350 an hour to investigate, a price tag union activists called “a complete waste of money.”Library officials cited confidentiality in declining to comment on specific charges, but defended the expense of hiring an outside firm, saying it ensures an evenhanded investigation.” (via San Jose Mercury News)

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Seattle’s school libraries: a stark example of rich and poor

“When Pat Bliquez interviewed for the librarian job at McDonald International Elementary in Seattle’s North End a few years ago, she asked what her library budget would be.For more than two decades, she had dealt with a shrinking library budget at another school in a poorer neighborhood. She scrambled to get books wherever she could, sometimes using her own money at used-book sales.But at McDonald? The interviewers looked at each other, then one replied, “Well, we have a very generous PTA.””I found out if I wanted any money, it was all going to come from the PTA,” she said.” (via AP)

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‘Amazing, spectacular, awesome’ new Havre de Grace Library opens to raves

“Denise Sconion has worked for many years at the Havre de Grace Library and what she sees in her new workplace had her beaming with pride Wednesday morning. “This is amazing,” Sconion said as library patrons gathered in front of the circulation desk after the new Havre de Grace Library formally opened. “I’m very proud of this building,” Sconion, who celebrated her 40th year with the library in 2015, said. “I’ve seen a lot of changes.” (via Baltimore Sun)

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LGBTQ library houses more than just books

“Gerber/Hart Library and Archives is billed as “the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ circulating library,” a repository for all things related to LGBTQ culture and history, from books to meeting minutes, posters to newspapers, even a Rosie O’Donnell doll.The library has 14,000 books, 150 archival collections, thousands of newspapers, hundreds of videos and countless posters, according to Carrie Barnett, president of Gerber/Hart’s board of directors. But that’s just part of the story.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Future classroom will be online, virtual – and taught by robots

“Our new survey has revealed some surprising predictions for the classroom of the future for schools, universities and colleges alike. The survey found that in five years’ time 20% of respondents believe that learning will be done through virtual reality, while a quarter think teaching will be delivered remotely by tutors who might be thousands of miles away. Perhaps more surprisingly is the potential emergence of robots in the role of teacher or lecturer. When asked about whether they expect to see robots delivering lessons, 7% are confident that this will happen in the next five years, rising to 11% for ten years’ time. Almost a fifth (18%) think it will be reality in 20 years.” (via Jisc)

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The Getty Research Portal Grows with a New Design and More Than 100,000 Digitized Volumes

“Marking the occasion of its four-year anniversary, the Getty Research Portal™ has been rebuilt and redesigned, making it easier to explore the digitized literature of art history. The Portal is a catalog providing free access to books and journals made available online by contributing institutions. A project of the Getty Research Institute (GRI) and founding members—which include some of the world’s major art libraries—the Portal began in the early summer of 2012.” (via The Getty Iris)

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33 New Webinars Added to the WebJunction Catalog

“The WebJunction Course Catalog provides free access to library-focused self-paced courses and webinar archives. Through the generous support of OCLC, the Gates Foundation and many state library agencies across the United States, WebJunction continues to provide timely and relevant learning content for you to access anytime, from anywhere.” (via OCLC)

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