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Emanuel backpedals on library cuts

Chicago Tribune – “Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday said he’ll compromise on vehicle sticker fee increases, water bills for nonprofits and library hour cuts as he tries to collect enough votes to pass his first budget. The changes amount to about $10 million in a proposed spending plan that totals $6.3 billion. That allowed the mayor to declare that his overall aim of scaling back city spending and changing the way city business is done would remain intact despite the concessions to aldermen who had raised concerns.”

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Aldermen decry proposed library cuts, offer few solutions

Chicago Tribune – “Citing the library’s importance to education and community gathering, Chicago aldermen on Friday spent three hours voicing their opposition to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to cut library staff and hours, though few had suggestions on how to fill the city’s budget gap. “They serve the young, the old, all ethnicities,” Ald. Ariel Reboyras, 30th, said of the libraries. “I believe the proposed cuts will affect our most vulnerable, our working-class poor.”

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Aldermen rip mayor’s proposed library cuts

Chicago Sun Times – “Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to reduce library hours and impose “draconian” job cuts that would impact library services at all hours is in danger of being shelved. Aldermen from across the city made that clear during City Council budget hearings Friday to the applause of library employees who stand to lose their jobs.”

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Digital library aims to expand kids’ media literacy

USA Today – CHICAGO – On the ground floor of the city’s main library, an odd experiment is taking place, one that could determine what your neighborhood library looks like in 10 years. It goes like this: Take a very large room and fill it with the latest digital media — laptop computers, music keyboards, recording equipment, video cameras and gaming consoles. Invite teenagers. Apply a little pressure, pushing them both to consume and produce media. Watch what happens. Once a storage room at the Harold Washington Library Center, the high-ceiling, 5,500-square-foot space, dubbed “YOUmedia — a Digital Library Space for Teens,” has become a magnet for young people citywide, so popular and influential that the library plans to replicate it citywide.”

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Sunny and Welcoming, Providing Books and a Safe Place

James Warren – “As Chicago’s political past and present were in mutual-admiration overdrive on Thursday, the city’s future was 100 feet away, paying no attention to all the conviviality and diligently using crayons on illustrations of jazz musicians. “I get to read, color and get on the computer,” said Nishon Luke, 7, merrily toiling in the children’s section of the new Richard M. Daley branch library on a desultory stretch of West Humboldt Park along Kedzie Avenue.”

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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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