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BOSTON LIBRARY RECOVERS STOLEN MAP CREATED IN 1612

“The Boston Public Library has recovered a centuries-old map compiled by French explorer Samuel de Champlain that was believed stolen from the library more than a decade ago. The library announced Friday that the curator of its map center, Ronald Grim, located the map at a New York City antiques dealer, where it was on sale for $285,000.” (via AP)

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Learn Guitar, Final Cut Pro, Project Management Online Courses Offered Free Through the Boston Public Library

“Today, the Boston Public Library announced that all BPL card holders now have access to more than 300 free online learning classes. The web-based, instructor-led courses from Gale Courses, are six-week classes for personal and professional development, some with accreditation, and covering topics ranging from project management to guitar from grant writing to programs like Excel and cutting-edge video editing software Final Cut Pro X. “The Boston Public Library was founded on the principle of ‘Free to All, and to serve the advancement of learning,’” said David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library. “These high-quality courses explore a breadth of topics for both professional and personal development. This is the next stage in the evolution of our educational and innovation mission, and also puts often out of reach skills in the hands of the many job seekers who use the library today.” (via BPL)

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BPL fires employee who oversaw misfiled prints

“The Boston Public Library has quietly fired a longtime employee who had been placed on paid leave as authorities investigated the disappearance of two prints worth more than $600,000 which were later discovered misfiled at the Copley Square branch. Susan Glover, who joined the library staff in 1999 and had served as keeper of special collections since 2007, was notified earlier this month that she had been discharged, according to her lawyers.” (via Boston Globe)

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BPL assessing rare book section after mold outbreak

“A significant mold outbreak has forced the Boston Public Library to close its Rare Books Department for five to 10 weeks after staff found fuzzy white spores on a medieval manuscript and other prized items in the renowned repository for ancient publications and artifacts. The library routinely battles mold, but has never faced an outbreak “to this scale,” according to Laura Irmscher, the chief of collections strategy. Mold was discovered on a reference book by a staff member Monday in the main library in Copley Square, Irmscher said.” (via Boston Globe)

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Boston Public Library’s art in state of neglect, report finds

Historical researcher Margo Burns was stunned three years ago when she discovered four handwritten records at the Boston Public Library from the case of a woman hanged in 1692 during the Salem witchcraft hysteria. The elation felt by Burns and two colleagues turned to panic only days later, when one returned and was told the documents could not be found. After a month of anxious, follow-up questions, the records were rediscovered.” (via Boston Globe)

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Boston Public Library finds missing Rembrandt, Durer prints

“Both rare works of art missing from the Boston Public Library have been found inside the main branch where they were “misfiled,” library President Amy Ryan said today. The art was discovered in the library’s print stacks just 80 feet from where they should have been, Ryan added. “We’re thrilled to have found these treasures right here at home,” Ryan, who announced her resignation yesterday amid the probe, said in a statement. “They were found safe and sound, simply misfiled. BPL is still committed to enhanced security and a full inventory, but today is a day of celebration for the entire team at BPL. (via Boston Herald)

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Boston Public Library boss Amy Ryan resigns

“Amy Ryan, the embattled president of the Boston Public Library, is resigning her post amid swirling questions about the library’s security and a probe into the suspected theft of two pieces of valuable art. “I am choosing to step aside at this time to allow the work of the Boston Public Library to continue without distraction,” Ryan said in a statement released to the Herald. She said she will officially step down on July 3. Ryan’s decision to quit her $195,000-a-year job comes just after hours after she repeatedly told reporters she had no intentions to resign following a heated emergency meeting of the library’s board of trustees.” (via Boston Herald)

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Mayor on library art: ‘You can’t just misplace a print worth $600G’

“Mayor Martin J. Walsh today said he believes that two rare works of art worth hundreds of thousands of dollars are most likely not lost within the vast collection of the Boston Public Library, a week after officials disclosed they had begun a frenzied search. “From all indications, it’s not at the library,” Walsh said. “If it was there, I think they would have found it by now.” Library employees discovered the two works — a 1504 engraving by Albrecht Durer worth $600,000 and a 1634 Rembrandt etching worth between $20,000 and $30,000 — had vanished in April. The FBI is assisting Boston police with the investigation, which became public last week.” (via Boston Herald)

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Art is reported missing at Boston Public Library

“Police are investigating the disappearance of two works of art worth more than $600,000, including a print of a Rembrandt self-portrait, that went missing last month from the Boston Public Library’s flagship branch in Copley Square, authorities said Tuesday. A report from the Boston Police Department’s Anti-Corruption Unit states that officers learned in April that two prints, the one by Rembrandt and an Adam and Eve etching by Albrecht Dürer, were missing. The Dürer piece was valued at over $600,000, and the Rembrandt was worth between $20,000 and $30,000, according to police and library officials.” (via Boston Globe)

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Newly renovated BPL central library unveiled

“A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Saturday to open the Boston Public Library’s newly renovated central library. The library’s first floor now features special new areas for children and teenagers. “It shows our commitment to the youth of the city, of the future, and how we’re going to help them grow, learn and expand their opportunities,” said Mayor Marty Walsh, who was on hand for the ribbon cutting.” (via WHDH-TV)

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