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Building library collections – change and review

“Libraries have been primarily identified by their collections – by those accessing the resources collected by individual libraries and for those not directly engaging imagining access. When Borges wrote “Paradise is a library, not a garden” he captured the concept of the library as a palace for the mind, connecting readers to the generations of works – from maps, manuscripts and incunabula to the new online resources of today. If the physical form is the key to our identity, the question arises as to what our collections should be in such times of change. Many of these trends reflect fundamental changes in scholarly communication in the networked age that contribute to scholarship, often in anticipation of shifts in the academy and changes in scholarly communication.” (via OUPblog)

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Gale Blazes New Trails for Global Researchers with Digitized Collections of Rare Historical Material

“Continuing to connect researchers to treasured historical content, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced several Gale Digital Collections for academic and special libraries around the world, including the next three installments of Associated Press Collections Online as well as Brazilian and Portuguese History and Culture: The Oliveira Lima Library. These new collections are available on the Gale Artemis: Primary Sources platform, giving researchers the ability to cross-search with other digital archives and access to graphing and search visualization tools that will help them explore the content in new ways. Gale has also completed the migration of several historical newspaper and periodical collections onto the Gale Artemis: Primary Sources platform, which now boasts more than 125 million pages of content.” (via PRNewswire)

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The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Acquires Collections of George Avakian and Anahid Ajemian

“The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has acquired the archives of George Avakian and Anahid Ajemian, the husband and wife whose remarkable careers each helped shape the music industry, as well as produce and record some of its greatest stars. The Avakian Collection will provide the most complete documentation of the work of a 20th century recording executive, whose career with Columbia Records and other labels encompasses a golden age of recorded jazz, popular and classical music. The Ajemian Collection offers access to one of the foremost violin and piano duos of its time, which commissioned, premiered and recorded works by some of the most prominent classical composers of the 20th century. Together, their collections form an extraordinary resource for the study of jazz, popular and modern classical music, the recording industry, and more.” (via The New York Public Library)

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Jisc Collections boosts online learning resources for engineering and technology students

“Jisc Collections is now offering universities and colleges access to one of the largest sources of online films in the field of engineering and technology – IET.tv  from The Institution of Engineering and Technology. The IET.tv archive includes over 3,000 presentations filmed at lectures, seminars and conferences from 2002-2012. The content is from events that are highly regarded by the global engineering and technology community, and features key academics and practising engineers and technologists who are specialists in their fields from around the world.” (via Jisc)

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Using ‘R rated’ book without asking parents was wrong, school chair says

“The chairman of the Anoka-Hennepin school board said Wednesday that the district had erred by not giving parents a chance to object to a book that he described as “R rated” being used in a high school summer reading program. “Eleanor & Park,” a novel by Rainbow Rowell, tells the story of two outsider teens in the 1980s who find a common bond in music. Librarians had included the book on school library shelves, and it was selected for use in the summer “Rock the Book” program.” (via Minnesota Public Radio News)

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