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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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Alderman wants sex offenders banned from libraries in summer

“Chicago’s 78 public libraries would be off-limits to registered sex offenders during summer months, when the buildings tend to be overrun with children, under a pre-emptive public safety crackdown proposed by a Southwest Side alderman. Ald. Marty Quinn (13th) said he’s the father three young daughters acting out of concern for his own children and the 600 kids who participated in the summer library program at West Lawn Library, 4020 W. 63rd St.” (via Sun Times)

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Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can’t Afford

“Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called for 313 librarians, and now that number is down to 254.With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago’s more than 600 public schools.It’s not that there’s a shortage of librarians in Chicago, and it’s not mass layoffs — it’s that the librarians are being reassigned.” (via NPR)

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Chicago Library Offers Robots for Checkout

“The Chicago Public Library has more than just books for borrowing. It now has a fleet of 500 robots that can be checked out. The idea is to give Chicago residents of all ages a chance to dabble in the basics of computer coding. The gadgets, known as Finch Robots, were donated by Google Chicago and made the library the first in the nation to have them available for people to take home. They can be coded to move, make noises, light up and even draw. Some of the programming can be done by children as young as 8 years old. “We hope to inspire the next generation of technologists and computer scientists,” Jim Lecinski, head of the Google Chicago office, said at a Saturday event announcing the program.” (via NBC Chicago)

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UIC Online portal offers access to area libraries, museums

“A $194,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund software development led by UIC for a free, easily accessible online portal to materials on Chicago history in at least 12 libraries and museums. The portal will allow one-click searching of materials at UIC, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Library, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, Newberry Library, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University and University of Chicago.” (via UIC News Center)

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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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