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Colombian Garbage Collector Rescues Books for Children

“A second-grade education has not stopped garbage collector Jose Gutierrez from bringing the gift of reading to thousands of Colombian children. Gutierrez started rescuing books from the trash almost 20 years ago, when he was driving a garbage truck at night through the capital’s wealthier neighborhoods. The discarded reading material slowly piled up, and now the ground floor of his small house is a makeshift community library stacked from floor to ceiling with some 20,000 books, ranging from chemistry textbooks to children’s classics.” (via NYT)

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Mellon Grant to fund collaboration between Columbia and Cornell libraries

“Columbia and Cornell libraries are collaborating to create a more efficient way for scholars to access academic resources. Cornell University Library announced last week that the two university libraries would integrate their technical services departments with the help of a $350,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The integration represents the latest step in the libraries’ 2CUL partnership.”

via Columbia Daily Spectator

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Columbia University Libraries Expands Support for Research in Comics and Graphic Novels

“Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is pleased to announce the acquisition of two significant additions to its Comics and Graphic Novels collections:  research materials for Larry Tye’s well-received 2012 book, Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Superhero, as well as six 1940’s Batman scripts from the estate of Jerry Robinson.”

via Columbia University Libraries

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With grant, libraries make tool to simplify citations

Columbia Spectator – “For most Columbia undergraduates, making bibliographic citations boils down to a few formatting styles, like MLA and Chicago, to learn in University Writing. But for professors, researchers, and graduate students, there are over 1900 different styles to contend with. Their lives might be about to get a little bit easier—the Columbia University Libraries received a $125,000 grant last month to build a new digital tool to help manage existing styles and make new ones. In collaboration with Mendeley, a private developer of reference management software, the Libraries hope to develop a simple, graphical interface with which authors can navigate the maze of styles available, and modify them to create their own.”

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Cornell and Columbia Prepare for Library Collaboration

Cornell Daily Sun – “Last Monday, Cornell and Columbia University announced “2CUL” — a collaborative program between the two libraries involving their collections, digital infrastructure and administrative functions. In the face of budget constraints and an ever-evolving system of accessing academic material, 2CUL — pronounced “too cool,” an acronym for both Cornell University Library and Columbia University Library — is a partnership intended to cut costs and aid their students research endeavours. The program is not a merger.”

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