Harvard’s Perma.cc receives grant to expand its tools for saving sources on the Web

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded a major grant to the Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab to further develop its Perma.cc tool to combat link rot.The IMLS grant awards over $700,000 to the Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab, in cooperation with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and more than 130 partner libraries, to sustainably scale Perma.cc to combat link rot in all scholarly fields.” (via Harvard Law Today)

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UVA Selects John M. Unsworth as University Librarian and Dean of Libraries

“The University of Virginia announced today that John M. Unsworth has been appointed university librarian and dean of libraries. Currently vice provost, university librarian, chief information officer and professor of English at Brandeis University, he will assume the new role June 25.Unsworth has a long association with the University. He received his Ph.D. in English from UVA in 1988, and later in his career became a tenured associate professor of English as well the first director of UVA’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. Recognized as a pioneer in the field of digital humanities, he is the co-founder of the first peer-reviewed electronic journal in the humanities, Postmodern Culture.” (via UVA Today)

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Search for Boston Public Library leader narrows

“The hunt for a permanent president of the Boston Public Library appears to be winding down, with officials planning to narrow the list of candidates within the next two months, John Palfrey, chairman of the library’s presidential search committee, said on Wednesday. “We are still looking at people,’’ Palfrey said in an interview. Palfrey said more than 100 candidates were recruited or submitted applications for the job, which oversees the central library in Copley Square, 24 branches, and 450 employees.” (via The Boston Globe)

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Charles W. Robinson, longtime Baltimore County library director, dies

“Charles W. Robinson, a former director of the Baltimore County Public Library who brought sweeping changes over a tenure of more than three decades, died Friday of complications from a stroke at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. He was 88.”I know that ‘awesome’ is an overused word, but Charlie really was awesome,” said Jean Barry Molz, a 33-year associate director of the library who retired the same year as Mr. Robinson. “He was very, very smart, and ideas were coming out of his mind all the time.” (via Baltimore Sun)

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Students’ project revolutionizes BYU library digitization

“Staff at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University could scan special collections documents for eight hours a day with perfect efficiency and still not have all the documents digitized within 20 years. It’s a long process, but it used to be a lot longer. MASS, the Mass Archival Scanning System, was created by a group of seven engineering students for their senior capstone project and sponsored by the library as a way to quicken the process of digitizing documents. The system will revolutionize the process, which previously consisted of scanning documents on a flatbed scanner and took one to two minutes to scan a single document. MASS, using a round, rotating table that places the documents under a camera, can do that work eight to 10 times faster.” (via heraldextra.com)

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Newmarket library’s letter advising patrons of body odour creates a stink

“The Newmarket Public Library’s attempt to “gently” notify some of its patrons of body odour in a letter has ended up creating a stink of its own.After fielding several complaints, the library crafted a letter to notify patrons who may have a “persistent, noticeable odour” to “take steps to control this odour.” The letter also points out free public shower and laundry facilities nearby.However, the library’s CEO, Todd Kyle, told CBC News the attempt at a “dignified” notice is instead being viewed by some as discriminating or embarrassing to homeless people.” (via CBC News)

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New Bill Will Require Library of Congress to Continue Use of ‘Illegal Alien’ in Subject Headings

“While the Library of Congress effectively scrubbed the terms “aliens” and “illegal aliens” from its subject headings last month, legislation set to be introduced Wednesday could change that.The short bill doesn’t require the Library of Congress to unequivocally use the phrases; rather it mandates that the research library “continue using the term ‘illegal alien’ just as they were previously,” Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) told TheBlaze Tuesday.” (via TheBlaze.com)

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Digital Public Library of America – 100 Primary Source Sets for Education Now Available

“Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is very pleased to announce its newest release of Primary Source Sets, bringing our collection to 100 sets total. You can now explore the collection by core subject areas, such as US history, literature, arts, and science and technology, as well as themes like migration and labor history and groups including African Americans and women. We’ve also developed new features that allow you to more easily discover related resources within the project.” (via DPLA)

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ALA’s “State of America’s Libraries 2016” shows service transformation to meet tech demands of library patrons

“Libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people. With communities still recovering from the Great Recession, academic, school and public libraries continue to transform and shift resources and services to meet the needs of tech-savvy patrons.This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the ALA’s 2016 State of America’s Libraries report, released today in recognition of National Library Week, April 10 – 16, 2016.” (via PR Newswire)

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HOLY BIBLE ON LIST OF ‘CHALLENGED’ BOOKS AT LIBRARIES

“On the latest list of books most objected to at public schools and libraries, one title has been targeted nationwide, at times for the sex and violence it contains, but mostly for the legal issues it raises. The Bible.” (via The Associated Press)

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