David Leonard named Boston Public Library president

“The Boston Public Library has named David Leonard as president four days after a California librarian declined to take the job. David Leonard has been serving as interim president for nearly a year, after previous president Amy Ryan resigned last summer. Ryan came under fire after two pieces of art worth $630,000 temporarily went missing under her watch.” (via Boston.com)

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Expert: Libraries need to embrace change to remain vital

“Libraries have a public image problem, says Stephan Abram, executive director of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. Rebranding that image and embracing change is the best way to ensure libraries remain a vital part of every community, Abram said in Guelph recently. “We can’t control change only our attitude toward change,” said Abram.” (via GuelphToday.com)

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Google to offer free coding classes at Queens Library

“Google is hoping to inspire a new generation of computer coders this summer with free programs at the Queens Library, the Daily News has learned.This is the first time the tech giant is partnering with a library to engage youngsters — and the programs targets kids who may not even have computer access at home.“Diversity is a big goal of ours and if we want more digital creators out there that look like New Yorkers, we need to go out and find them and inspire them,” said William Floyd, Google’s head of external affairs for New York and New Jersey.” (via NY Daily News)

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Climate antagonist in UA library story

“For all the influence of digital technology on education, there remains a reason why printed materials won’t be disappearing from academic libraries anytime soon, said Carolyn Henderson Allen, dean of University of Arkansas Libraries.”We have not figured out how we can preserve what we’re creating electronically very effectively,” Allen said.At UA and other academic research libraries that means the preservation of printed materials remains a day-to-day concern.The challenge involves controlling temperature and humidity while also ensuring the availability of collections to students and researchers.” (via arkansasonline.com)

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Libraries Increasingly Embrace MakerSpaces

“NPQ has long acknowledged libraries as active civic spaces. They have served as refuges, spaces to share resources like seeds and tools, and places where those without online access can get it. So the idea of some libraries setting aside room for “maker spaces” makes perfect sense, combining as it does the transfer and acquisition of knowledge and an open civic venue.Regular readers will remember our previous coverage of Makerspaces in general. In Riverside, California, a MakerSpace room provides library patrons with computers, a recording booth, software, 3-D printers, and other cutting-edge technology to make everything from music to clothing.” (via Nonprofit Quarterly)

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Public to get access to Corcoran archives for first time in nearly a decade

“Almost 150 years worth of journals, photographs, letters and other materials detailing the history of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its School of Art and Design will be available to the public for the first time in nine years at the Gelman Library at George Washington University. The archives, which were closed in 2007 when the struggling Corcoran could no longer afford its archivist, offer a behind-the-scenes look at the history of the museum, founded in 1869 by William Wilson Corcoran and one of the District’s oldest cultural institutions until its demise in 2014.” (via The Washington Post)

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Dr. Hayden one vote away from confirmation

“The Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously this afternoon to recommend that the full Senate approve the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation’s next, first female, first African American and just fourteenth Librarian of Congress in history. As the Committee’s vote was announced, ALA launched a large-scale grassroots and social media campaign to encourage all Senators to support her confirmation, and to urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to schedule a Senate vote on her nomination immediately.” (via District Dispatch)

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Self-published zines are now in Cleveland Heights-University Heights main library

“Zines, those unrestricted, often handmade works by fans of niche topics, have found a home at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights main library on Lee Road.A batch of zines recently was donated to the library and is now among the books, graphic novels and magazines. Zine topics can include any number of themes, such as feminism, rebellion, super heroes and personal adventures.The library is one of the few in Ohio with a collection of zines, or fanzines as they are sometimes called. Cleveland Public Library has a collection.” (via cleveland.com)

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China funds construction of Africa’s largest university library

“The Chinese government is wholly funding the construction of what is thought to be Africa’s largest university library, which is being built in Tanzania.The new library at the University of Dar es Salaam will cost an estimated $40 million (£27.5 million) and will hold 800,000 books when complete, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.John Magufuli, the Tanzanian president, laid the foundation stone of the new library at a ceremony that was also attended by Lyu Youqing, the Chinese ambassador to the country.” (via Times Higher Education (THE))

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Digital forensics: from the crime lab to the library

“When archivists at California’s Stanford University received the collected papers of the late palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould in 2004, they knew right away they had a problem. Many of the ‘papers’ were actually on computer disks of various kinds, in the form of 52 megabytes of data spread across more than 1,100 files — all from long-outdated systems.“It was a large collection, as you can imagine,” says Michael Olson, service manager for the Born Digital/Forensics Lab at Stanford University Libraries. “He used a lot of early word processing for his writing, lots of disks and diskettes in different formats.” (via Nature)

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