New Orleans libraries face closure from shrinking budgets, website reports

“New Orleans libraries face the risk of closing several branches without more funding from City Hall or an increase in taxes, the website The Lens reports. Library Executive Director Charles Brown told the City Council Monday that the $3 million in reserve revenue that the system uses to patch up its $12 million budget every year will run out in 2016.” (via NOLA.com)

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War ink: Librarians champion online exhibit of veterans’ tattoos

“Glancing at the tattoos that cover the right arm of National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Larry Milam, you’d probably notice the words “American Soldier” featured prominently, along with the large black skull, machine gun and American Flag.Then there’s the red star that’s also part of the Madera man’s military mosaic.That’s the North Star, Milam says, and it has a story. All the images do.” (via FresnoBee.com)

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New York Public Library Searches for Renovation Inspiration

“On a reconnaissance mission, Shana Kimball walked through the Museum of Mathematics with her smartphone out, snapping pictures of square-wheeled tricycles and math-inspired art. She stopped at a display case of visitor-designed sculptures. “It’s so beautiful,” she said to the museum’s co-executive director, Cindy Lawrence. “Do you rotate that out with frequency?” Ms. Kimball, who works for the New York Public Library, is part of the institution’s attempt to reboot the contentious renovation of its flagship Fifth Avenue building. After abandoning its original plan, which had sparked fierce public opposition, the library says it is doing things differently.” (via WSJ)

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How can libraries help in opening up data?

“If data, contextualised, is information, then how might information professionals put their skills to work in opening up access to data and supporting their patrons use of it? On the one hand, we have questions of access, on the other, sensemaking around the data. Let’s look at each of them in turn.” (via CILIP)

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$13.5m Renovations Spent to Modernize 2 St. Paul Libraries

“Thirteen million dollars were poured into St. Paul Public Library system this year to renovate two of the city’s more worn-out branches. This weekend Sun Ray Library on the East side of St. Paul reopened. Next weekend it’s Highland Park’s turn to show how these libraries are finally ready for the 21st century. A quiet place for reading printed books was last century’s library model. “The tools of learning are changing,” said Kit Hadley, Director of St. Paul Public Library.” (via KSTP TV)

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For sale: 1 million photos of NYC’s history

“Photographers from Brown Brothers hauled their cameras from Ellis Island to Broadway to Yankee Stadium to snap pictures of street urchins and socialites, hardhats and mobsters, athletes and entertainers, capturing nearly every aspect of New York City life in the first six decades of the 20th century. Now, the more than 1 million photographs and negatives the company compiled are up for sale.” (via The Washington Post)

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What a Library Levy Means to a West Virginia Town

“I was standing at the front desk of Charleston, West Virginia’s main library on Election Day 2014 when a burly man in worker’s clothes stopped by just to announce to the librarian, “I voted yes on the levy!” It was an important day for the libraries of Kanawha County (pronounced kuh-NAW in Charleston). Passing the levy would mean almost $3 million a year for the next five years, which amounts to about 40 percent of the libraries’ budget for operations and staff. Losing the levy would mean—well, no one even wanted to contemplate that.” (via The Atlantic)

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Alderman wants sex offenders banned from libraries in summer

“Chicago’s 78 public libraries would be off-limits to registered sex offenders during summer months, when the buildings tend to be overrun with children, under a pre-emptive public safety crackdown proposed by a Southwest Side alderman. Ald. Marty Quinn (13th) said he’s the father three young daughters acting out of concern for his own children and the 600 kids who participated in the summer library program at West Lawn Library, 4020 W. 63rd St.” (via Sun Times)

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State Library and Archives digital collection showcases Tennessee folklife

“The Tennessee State Library and Archives is releasing a new digital collection showcasing Tennessee folklife. The collection documents folk culture unique to Tennessee and highlights the state’s significant contributions to national studies of folklife. The project was designed to record interviews with local musicians, craftsmen and storytellers in communities around six state parks, and present annual community folk art festivals within those parks.” (via AP)

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Palo Alto: Long-awaited library opens

“Shannon Lin couldn’t contain her excitement. “Yes! It’s finally open! See ya, mom!” the 11-year-old exclaimed as she bolted from the family minivan and into the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center in Palo Alto. The long-awaited $28 million facility held a “soft opening” Thursday. Library employees are using the time between now and a grand opening scheduled for Dec. 6 to iron out some kinks.” (via San Jose Mercury News)

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