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Chicago Public Library to house archival theater productions

“The Chicago theater community received some great news from the Chicago Public Library on Tuesday as it was announced that, through agreements with the Library and Actors’ Equity, the Chicago Film Archive of Performance (C-FAP) will now have a permanent home as part of the Library’s Special Collections and Preservation Division.” (via Chicago Sun-Times)

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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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