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Universities redesign libraries for the 21st century: fewer books, more space

“UC Berkeley’s newly remodeled undergraduate library is modern and sleek, with its top two floors featuring low-slung couches, a futuristic nap pod, and meeting spaces with glass walls made to be written on and colorful furniture meant to be moved. The library has even dropped its rules against bringing in food and drinks on those floors. That’s because they no longer contain any books, which could be damaged or stained. California’s oldest university has removed 135,000 books from Moffitt Library, shipping most to other locations, to create more space for students to study, recharge and collaborate on group projects — a staple of college work today.” (via LA Times)

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Whistleblowers protest Board of Library Trustees, alleging ‘deep weeding,’ harassment

“The Berkeley Librarian Whistleblowers, a city advocacy group, rallied in protest of the Board of Library Trustees’ bookkeeping practices and staff relations Wednesday afternoon. About 30 people attended the rally outside Berkeley Public Library, and stayed despite intermittent rain. The whistleblowers protested to remove and replace President Julie Holcomb and Vice President Jim Novosel of the Board of Library Trustees, or BOLT, alleging that the two are responsible for “deep weeding” of book collections, ignoring staff and harassing employees.” (via The Daily Californian)

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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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For university librarian, 11 million volumes just the beginning

“A scholar with expertise in online information, public policy and economics, Jeffrey MacKie-Mason started attending meetings on campus last summer and assumed the reins as UC Berkeley’s new university librarian on Oct. 1. MacKie-Mason comes to Berkeley from the University of Michigan, where he served for 29 years first as a faculty member, then dean of the School of Information. Wearing the librarian hat for the first time, he now oversees a library system with more than 11 million volumes, several dozen facilities and a combined staff of some 350 employees.” (via Berkeley News)

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Berkeley Public Library card requirements raise concerns

“Berkeley Public Library’s requirement of a photo ID and evidence of a home address in order to obtain a library card has raised concerns regarding the accessibility of the institution. According to James LaRue, director of the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom, it is standard practice for libraries across the nation to request a photo ID and an address. LaRue noted that the requirement is in place in order to insure the safety of the library’s collection, by enabling checked-out materials to be recovered if necessary.” (via The Daily Californian)

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