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In Newman Library, 90,000 memories of loss and condolence

“The weight of the world sits in Newman Library.In a large room piled high with paper sit 90,000 tokens of comfort and healing sent to Virginia Tech after the university’s darkest day a decade ago.Tech received an outpouring of affection from around the globe in the wake of the April 16, 2007, shootings that left 32 dead and 17 wounded — and countless lives shattered. There were the posters, letters and pieces of art. There were obscure gifts like chain saw carvings and a Mississippi River rock.” (via roanoke.com)

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Pittsburgh libraries join initiative to protect data

“On the second floor of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Sunday, Priya Donti could be found hunched over a laptop, combing through government databases on monthly normal temperatures across different states.The Carnegie Mellon University student’s participation in the first Data Rescue Pittsburgh event was driven by just as much a passion for open and transparent data as fear. Disturbed by reports that Donald Trump’s presidential administration might review Environmental Protection Agency climate data before it’s published, she joined more than 40 programmers, activists, librarians and researchers in the library in an effort to pinpoint and secure publicly accessible data sets.” (via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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New Archive Provides One-Stop Access to Vital Resources on California’s Punjabi American Community

“In the late 19th century, people from the Punjab region in north India, known as the Land of Five Rivers, began settling in the Sacramento Valley and other parts of rural California, farming the land that reminded them of home. Despite the many challenges these pioneers faced in a new land, they built a thriving community.The history and ongoing vibrancy of Yuba City’s Punjabi American community — one of the largest rural South Asian communities outside India — is celebrated with the launch of the Pioneering Punjabis Digital Archive Project by the University of California, Davis.” (via UC Davis)

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NYC launches archaeological repository and digital archive

“Nearly 1 million antiquities including ceramics, a bayonet, perfume and medicine bottles — even a 200-year-old douche device — have been unearthed at construction sites in New York City, artifacts that help shed light on local history and the people who once lived there.Excavated from 31 sites across the city’s five boroughs, the objects — frequently in fragments — had been stored for decades at 14 locations across the city — until now. On Wednesday, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission unveiled a climate-controlled repository where all the specimens are housed under one roof. It also launched an online database of the archaeological finds that have been cataloged and photographed in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York.” (via Associated Press)

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Acquires Its First Hip-Hop Archive

“The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses the archives of dance titans like Merce Cunningham, Jerome Robbins and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Now it will also be a home to the history of hip-hop dance. The library has acquired the archive of Michael Holman, a hip-hop polymath who since the late 1970s has been a downtown dance impresario, filmmaker and journalist, as well as a musician and choreographer. This acquisition will become the library’s first hip-hop collection.” (via New York Times)

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