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Chicago Public Library awarded for Wi-Fi program

“The Chicago Public Library has been awarded $400,000 by the Knight Foundation for its initiative to expand Internet access throughout the community. The award is part of the Knight News Challenge, a competition launched in February that promotes projects committed to open Internet. Knight collaborated with Ford Foundation and Mozilla to create the event. The library’s program, called Internet to Go, will test Wi-Fi hotspot lending in six neighborhood libraries. These libraries will loan devices for three weeks at a time and provide digital literacy services.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Chicago Public Library launches redesigned website

“The Chicago Public library launched a new website this morning, its first redesign since 2007 touting features that can be likened to “Pinterest meets Amazon.” The new site not only allows users to search the digital shelves more quickly. They can now read and post book reviews shared by users at 200 libraries around the world, and they can check their place in line for a reserved item, said Ruth Lednicer, spokeswoman for the Chicago Public Library. The library’s home page offers Pinterest-like “cards” showcasing book lists, upcoming events and blog posts by librarians that can be easily shared on social media, Lednicer said.” (via chicagotribune.com)

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He explains why it’s worth your time to check out what’s new at the library

“The Chicago Public Library is becoming less the hushed repository of static media and more like a coworking space for customers under commissioner Brian Bannon, who took the helm in March 2012 amid layoffs and budget cuts. Since then, he has installed popular office-productivity software for patron computers and expanded computer training classes, and he’s working on a three-year workforce-readiness plan. When he opened the Maker Lab as an experiment in the Harold Washington Library Center last summer with equipment such as 3D printers, laser and vinyl cutters and a milling machine, the lab earned a Chicago Innovation Award for social innovation. Bannon shares lessons from the Maker Lab and how he managed change at the library.” (via Blue Sky Innovation)

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Chicago Library Janitors Laid Off

“About 70 Chicago Public Library custodians learned this morning they’re out of work. The city told them in May it was privatizing their jobs, but the workers say they were hoping to keep working. Their Union, SEIU Local 73 had been in negotiations with the city but was unable to get them work in another department. They were making about 16 dollars an hour.”

via CBS Chicago

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Chicago Public Library amnesty program brings in more than 100,000 lost materials

“The Chicago Public Library recently held its own type of homecoming — welcoming the more than 100,000 missing books, CDs and DVDs that found their way back to library shelves.

And it didn’t matter how they got there, because for those three weeks, all was forgiven. Exactly 101,301 items were returned from Aug. 20 to Sept. 7 in the library’s “Once in a Blue Moon Amnesty” program, a rare window of time during which outstanding fines and fees were waived. The library estimates the value of the items returned during the program at about $2 million.”

via Chicago Tribune

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Amnesty bringing in fine haul for library

“On March 15, 1975, a man owed a book to Chicago Public Library.Tuesday, more than 37 years later, he ventured into the Oriole Park Library and returned it.For three weeks, all fines for overdue books are being forgiven under the citys first complete library amnesty in 27 years. The program started Monday.Jessica Bertola, head library clerk at Oriole Park, said the man told her he had been cleaning his Naperville home and found the book, “Fluidic Systems Design Guide.”

via Chicago Tribune

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Longtime library head resigns

Chicago Tribune – “With the city’s public library system in transition, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is replacing longtime Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey with a technology-focused administrator from the West Coast. Brian Bannon, chief information officer for San Francisco’s public libraries, will take over in Chicago in March. The change at the top comes amid labor unrest and budget cuts at the city’s libraries under Emanuel.”

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Emanuel announces plan to reopen libraries on Mondays

Chicago Sun Times – “Chicago’s branch libraries will reopen on Mondays, thanks to a political end-run engineered by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The mayor has accused the union representing library employees of blocking a scheduling change that would have averted the all-day Monday closing because they’re using libraries as a “bargaining chip” to “achieve something else.”

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Rahm’s Library Cuts

Time Out Chicago – “By cutting funding for the library, Rahm proved himself out of touch with his constituents.”

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Emanuel to cut Chicago libraries’ hours

Chicago Sun Times – “Chicago’s public libraries will reduce their hours in 2012, even as the city continues to build new libraries, Mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledged Tuesday. Emanuel defended the library cuts built into his 2012 budget, saying they’re a small price to pay at a time when other major cities are closing libraries. The reduced hours will be concentrated on Mondays and other days and times when library usage is the lowest, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.”

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