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Semi filled with books helped Biloxi library get back in business

“Ten years ago, a semi truck full of books was bound for a public library in hurricane-ravaged Biloxi, Mississippi. Dozens of cardboard boxes had been sorted, packed and labeled — children’s stories, young adult fiction, adult novels and reference books. Nearly all of them had been collected by one man in Columbia.” (via The Missourian)

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Sisters donate $1.2 million to UA libraries

Three sisters made an estate gift worth more than $1.2 million to University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s library system, according to a news release. The donation will be used to buy library materials, such as books, periodicals and digital resources, UA said. Agnes Lytton Reagan, Mary Sue Reagan and Betty Lynn Reagan all attended the university. Agnes Lytton Reagan graduated from the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences in 1935. Mary Sue Reagan graduated in 1942, and Betty Lynn Reagan graduated in 1945.” (via nwaonline.com)

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Andreessens pair with H-P to send computers to Ferguson, Baltimore libraries

“Public libraries that provided a quiet refuge from civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore are about to receive a small bounty from Silicon Valley. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and his wife, philanthropist and educator Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, have teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to donate nearly $170,000 worth of computers, printers and other equipment. The couple says they were moved by the “individual acts of heroism” of library staffers who kept the doors open to the public even as protests raged over police brutality and the deaths of young black men.” (via USA Today)

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Princeton University is bequeathed $300 million rare book library, largest donation in school’s history

“A Princeton University alum has bequeathed to the school his collection of 2,500 rare books worth an estimated worth of $300 million – the largest single donation in the school’s history, officials said. William H. Scheide, a 1936 graduate, died in November. He was 100 years old. The Scheide Library, housed in the university’s Firestone Library and available to students since 1959, contains the 1455 Gutenberg Bible, the original printing of the Declaration of Independence, Shakespeare’s first, second, third and fourth folios and an 1856 autographed speech by Abraham Lincoln, among others, according to a university release.” (via NJ.com)

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Wellcome Library donates 100,000 medical images to Wikimedia Commons

“The Wellcome Library has donated over 100,000 images on medical history, which have now been uploaded on Wikimedia Commons. The high resolution photographs and scans are used to illustrate a wide range of Wikipedia articles such as disease, art history, cartoons, sexuality and biographies. Wellcome Images provide free public access to their digital collection online, covering topics from medical and social history to current healthcare and biomedical science. Wellcome Images is part of the Wellcome Collection, with an extensive range of manuscripts, archives and films and more than 250,000 paintings, prints and drawings.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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Pushing History Into the Digital Age

“She’s a Budapest-born American. He’s a Brooklyn-born Brit. Together they are helping to digitize some of the most important documents of American history. The New York Public Library will announce a $500,000 donation from the Polonsky Foundation, the family foundation of Georgette F. Bennett and Leonard S. Polonsky. Funding projects that help make historical documents accessible to more people comes from a “fervent belief in the democratization of knowledge,” said Dr. Bennett.” (via WSJ)

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Book Collector Shares His Passion for Liberty With New York Public Library

“As Sid Lapidus sees it, he has only a few options for his extensive collection of books and pamphlets centered around the theme of liberty in American history.He can sell the collection, which he amassed over more than 50 years, donate it or keep it in the family. But his children aren’t particularly interested, said Mr. Lapidus, who is 76 years old, and he has no interest in selling it off piecemeal. So his plan now is to “creatively give it away,” he said in an interview Wednesday.On the receiving side of that plan will be the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. On Thursday, it will announce that Mr. Lapidus and his wife, Ruth, are giving the center $2.5 million—the largest donation in its history—along with a cache of rare historic books and other texts from his collection related to the topic of slavery.” (via WSJ)

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Where Do Wikipedia Donations Go? Outgoing Chief Warns of Corruption

“When Wikipedia decided to roll out an aggressive fundraising effort a few years ago, the free encyclopedia came with a remarkably effective battle plan. For the entirety of the campaign, co-founder Jimmy Wales stared visitors down from the top of every page, making you feel guilty every time you viewed an article without paying a dime. It worked. From 2011 to 2012, Wikipedia’s fundraising arm, the Wikimedia Foundation, pulled in $38.4 million. It was a major increase from the $5 million raised from 2007 to 2008, one that occurred even as editorial involvement with Wikipedia was on the decline.

But where does all this money go?” (via Mashable)

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Scholastic Donates One Million Books to “Reach Out and Read” to Help Low-Income Families Build Home Libraries

“A recent study found that having books in the home and parents as reading role models have a positive impact on children’s reading frequency.* To encourage all families to read to and with their children and to help more low-income families build home libraries, Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, announced today its donation of one million books to Reach Out and Read, the nonprofit organization that helps implement early-childhood literacy awareness during a child’s regular medical office visits. Scholastic is a long-time supporter of Reach Out and Read, and this donation will help the organization distribute more free books provided by pediatric professionals and hospitals to low-income families while educating them about the importance of reading aloud to foster children’s early literacy development.” (via Scholastic Media Room)

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Rubenstein Donates $5 Million to Book Festival

“David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, announced his donation of an additional $5 million ($1 million per year for the next five years) to support the Library of Congress National Book Festival, bringing his total support since 2010 for the free public event held yearly since 2001 to $10.3 million. The announcement came as the 2013 festival opened for the second of its two days on the National Mall. Event organizers estimated attendance at this year’s event at more than 200,000. This year’s festival featured talks and book-signings by 112 authors, poets and illustrators.” (via Library of Congress)

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