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DePaul stocks video games for research

Chicago Sun Times – “For some students at DePaul University and a few other colleges, video games are now part of the curriculum.

DePaul is one of a growing number of university libraries housing video game collections for student research into game design, the school said. Other universities with collections include Illinois, Stanford and Michigan.

The collection was first proposed by Jose Zagal, assistant professor of computing and digital media, who authored the book, “Ludoliteracy: Designing, Understanding and Supporting Games Education.”

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‘Sky’s the limit’ at U of C’s new $81 million library

Chicago Sun Times – “An $81 million library opened Monday at the University of Chicago.

And there’s not a book in sight.

Designed by architect Helmut Jahn, the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library provides 180 seats for students and faculty to study under a glass dome constructed from 691 panels, none of them exactly the same shape. The library also expands digitization and conservation operations for the university’s collections, which include a piece of a Gutenberg Bible and books printed on papyrus, ancient Egypt’s version of paper.”

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Daley’s Legacy of Libraries, Culture and Literacy

NYT – “The lasts are piling up for departing Mayor Richard M. Daley: his last big speech to the Economic Club, last Election Day as chief, last conviction of a former key aide and, last week, the most underappreciated last event so far. He announced the 20th selection from the One Book, One Chicago program, a multifaceted way to bring citizens together to discuss a book. The final pick of his final term is Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere,” a much-acclaimed fictional tale of workers finding wonders and horrors in a fantasy world underneath London.

In doing so, Mr. Daley reminded us, unintentionally, of his impressive legacy when it comes to culture and literacy.

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Daley’s last one for the books

Chicago Tribune – “Going on 10 years now, ever since the Chicago Public Library began its One Book, One Chicago program with “To Kill a Mockingbird” in 2001, here’s what happens in the days before the announcement of a new title: CPL staff, and a guest educator or two, read, argue and debate a few suggestions. Then, unless a book “has us crying ‘bingo,’ we keep debating,” said Mary Dempsey, library commissioner for the last 18 years. Then, once a title is decided, author visits are arranged and book discussions scheduled, the mayor steps in.”

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