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Chicago library housing historic collection of black literature in jeopardy

“A storm is brewing in Chicago’s Washington Heights neighborhood and it’s all over a library that houses a priceless collection of literature. The building, which is in dire need of attention, is literally falling apart.The community is crying foul, and demanding that action be taken.“You wouldn’t know that is was a library, that it was this incredible resource. This cultural center — museum if you will,” said Melvin Thompson, executive director of the Endeleo Institute.” (via CLTV)

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Library hires employee to work with homeless, at-risk people

“A decade of serving Oak Park Township as its youth interventionist has given Robert Simmons plenty of experience working with the community’s homeless and at-risk youth.It’s that valuable experience that led the Oak Park Library to name Simmons its new manager for community resources, a position he’ll start on March 7.Citing a desire to address the needs of homeless and at-risk people using the library, Library Executive Director David Seleb said the move is to create a safe and welcoming environment for all library patrons.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Chicago Collections a vast Chicago archive by Newberry Library

“The big news in area archiving that’s being shown off Thursday is about, in the driest, most basic terms, “consolidated access to bibliographic information,” as Newberry Library President David Spadafora put it. But Chicago Collections, a new entity bringing old entities together, is about much more than that. Call it one-stop shopping for researchers, from high school students to wizened academics. Call it a case study in inter-institutional cooperation. Call it a free website where those curious about the story of Chicago can poke around and happily fritter away time.” (via Chigcao Tribune)

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Lawsuit: 250 Chicago-area schools, libraries to lose affordable Internet access

“More than 250 Chicago-area schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations will lose affordable Internet access in early November, according to a lawsuit filed this month against Sprint. Mobile Citizen and Mobile Beacon, national nonprofit organizations that sell $10-a-month broadband service to schools and nonprofit organizations, filed the suit in a Massachusetts state court on Oct. 14, less than a month before Sprint planned to shut down its WiMax network in favor of LTE.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Man named to library board despite 1999 attempt to ban school book

“A resident who tried and failed in 1999 to have a book removed from a high school curriculum has been appointed to the Downers Grove Public Library board of trustees. The village council voted 5-2 Aug. 18 to approve the nomination of Arthur Jaros Jr. to the six-member board. Jaros was one of 20 people whose appointments to various village boards and commissions were approved. Jaros’ nomination for the unpaid post was the only one that drew scrutiny and more than 150 emails from residents about it. Citing the number of emails he had received about Jaros’ nomination, commissioner Bob Barnett tried to delay the vote on the appointments. He said he wanted more time to read all the emails.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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