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Library under review for alleged Open Meetings Act violations

“Orland Park Public Library trustees are re-voting on all actions taken at a February meeting where board members decided to uphold the library’s controversial computer policy after several patrons accused library officials of violating the Open Meetings Act. The Public Access Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office is investigating allegations that trustees held a special meeting on a holiday, failed to provide adequate notification about the meeting and did not allow public comment. The meeting was held Feb. 12, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, a legal holiday in Illinois, and did not include a public comment period. When one patron interrupted as the meeting was adjourning, the board ignored her comments” (via chicagotribune.com)

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UChicago law faculty scholarship united online

“A new online repository for scholarship by University of Chicago Law School faculty—Chicago Unbound—was officially launched in January.  Developed by D’Angelo Law Library and the Law School’s Communications Department, Chicago Unbound unites the rich record of scholarship produced at the Law School in one online platform, making it accessible to a world audience.” (via The University of Chicago Library News)

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$6 million tune-up planned for Harold Washington Library

“Chicago’s showcase Harold Washington Library is in line for a $6 million facelift — including a new roof, generators, heating and cooling systems — courtesy of tax increment financing. TIF funding for the library equivalent of a 100,000-mile checkup for the 26-year-old central library — and the same for the 30-year-old Sulzer Regional Library — is tucked away in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2014 budget.” (via Chicago Sun-Times)

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Highland Park, Deerfield libraries opt for free thought over censorship

“Deerfield and Highland Park librarians consider their buildings to be bastions of free thought, and have few regulations on children reading or viewing adult content. It’s up to the parents to decide what’s appropriate for their children, said Mary Pergander, library director of the newly-renovated Deerfield Public Library.

“Deerfield is a community that has a long tradition of protecting intellectual freedom,” Pergander said.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Libraries vary in availability of materials to minors

“When library trustees in north suburban Morton Grove learned that a 16-year-old employee would oversee the showing of an R-rated film at the institution, some of them requested that an adult take over the job. The incident represents another page in the ongoing debate over the accessibility of adult-themed materials to young library patrons. “It would be highly offensive to a great number of residents of Morton Grove that the library is using their tax money to employ a 16-year-old to show movies that, under the same circumstances, that person would not be allowed to attend … without parental accompaniment,” said Trustee Catherine Peters.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Impoverished suburb has a library district, but no library

“Ford Heights has a library district that collects about $20,000 a year from taxpayers who live in one of the poorest communities in the state.

But Ford Heights has no library. The district was forced to close its free-standing library about 20 years ago when it couldn’t come up with the money to maintain the building, and it was eventually razed. A state-of-the-art library in neighboring Glenwood then offered services for a while.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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UIC Library to open Richard J. Daley Collection

“A larger-than-life montage of the Daley family is among artifacts from the Richard J. Daley administration that curators at the University of Illinois at Chicago are preparing to unveil as part of a new exhibit from the late former mayor’s six terms in office. The photos, memorabilia and documents that make up the collection will be housed in a 2,550-square-foot room in the Richard J. Daley Library’s Special Collections Department and will be available for viewing by the public starting Thursday. The items were bequeathed to the library many years ago by the mayor’s wife, Eleanor. Creation of the UIC campus was one of Daley’s proudest accomplishments.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Why a Chicago branch library may have no books today

“If you pop into the hard-to-find Galewood-Mont Clare branch of the Chicago Public Library this afternoon, you may see a library with no books on the shelves. Members of the Galewood Residents Organization plan to check out all 2,700 or so books in an effort to get attention for their efforts to get a bigger branch library.” (via SunTimes)

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Chicago schools order book on Iran out of some classrooms

“The Chicago Public Schools ignited controversy this week by ordering that “Persepolis,” a critically acclaimed graphic novel about a girl growing up in Iran at the time of the Islamic revolution, be removed from some classrooms. CPS Chief Executive Barbara Byrd-Bennett said on Friday that the district was not banning the book, by Marjane Satrapi, but had decided that it was “not appropriate for general use” in the seventh grade curriculum.” (via Reuters)

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Chicago libraries will add hours

“In a city facing budget deficits and reduced staffing, at least the Chicago Public Library has managed to add services and jobs without outspending its budget. The city announced Sunday that the Chicago Public Library would add four hours to Mondays in a number of locations without having to increase funding, a feat accomplished by making library staffing more efficient, officials said. “We did a major staffing evaluation of all locations and came up with a new way of how we would staff our libraries,” Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon said.”

via Chicago Sun-Times

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