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Boston Public Library renovation brings Johnson building into the light

“Even Philip Johnson had to admit it: The lobby of his Boston Public Library building didn’t turn out quite right.The renowned architect, who designed the 1972 addition to the library’s Central Branch in Copley Square, confessed his regrets in a 1994 book, writing that last-minute changes by others had undermined his original vision of the library as a grand civic space.“We never did get the entrance straight.” (via The Boston Globe)

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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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