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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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Lewis Music Library launches Music at MIT Oral History Collection website

“A new library resource, the Music at MIT Oral History Collection, brings the history of music at MIT to life through in-depth video and audio interviews with MIT music faculty, staff, and former students. It shares the stories of performers, conductors, composers, music theorists, historians, acousticians, librarians, scientists and engineers, revealing their contributions to the musical life of the Institute and the world at large, as well as the effect music at MIT had in their own lives and careers.” (via MIT Libraries News)

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UIC Library to open Richard J. Daley Collection

“A larger-than-life montage of the Daley family is among artifacts from the Richard J. Daley administration that curators at the University of Illinois at Chicago are preparing to unveil as part of a new exhibit from the late former mayor’s six terms in office. The photos, memorabilia and documents that make up the collection will be housed in a 2,550-square-foot room in the Richard J. Daley Library’s Special Collections Department and will be available for viewing by the public starting Thursday. The items were bequeathed to the library many years ago by the mayor’s wife, Eleanor. Creation of the UIC campus was one of Daley’s proudest accomplishments.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Watertown library director explains new collection development policy

“Below is a response from Watertown Free Public Library’s director Leone Cole about the library trustees decision to remove certain historical titles from the library’s history room.Last week, a Watertown library trustee defended her boards decision to move some historical books out of the local library’s history room to clear shelf space, despite the uproar it has caused among local genealogy and historical experts.” (via Boston.com)

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Harvard Library Board Approves Library Collections and Content Development Strategic Plan

“The Harvard Library Board recently approved recommendations outlined in “Towards a Collections and Content Development Strategic Plan for the Harvard Library,” fulfilling key recommendations of both the Task Force on the Harvard Libraries and the Library Implementation Working Group. Collections and content development will remain in the domain of the local or school libraries, with librarians, curators, archivists and faculty throughout the University broadly coordinating efforts in a more structured and deliberate way. Producing the final report for the Board’s approval was the responsibility of the Affinity Group heads, working with the executive director for the Harvard Library, following extensive consultation with Library staff members, faculty, researchers and other key stakeholders. Feedback on interim reports was gathered from working groups, community-wide discussion sessions, Affinity Group meetings, online fora, one-on-one meetings and members of the Library Board and Faculty Advisory Council. Comments were gathered and assessed, then incorporated into the final report.” (via Harvard Library Portal)

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