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University library to lend drones to students

“Students at the University of South Florida will be soaring to new academic heights, with drones. College students will be getting their hands on more than just books at the USF come the fall semester. The Tampa campus plans to offer remote-controlled drones for students to check out for school-related projects.< It's a bold move considering that more places are starting to limit the access of drones, including the National Park Service, which announced a temporary ban on the use of drones on Friday. The NPS announcement basically bars the access of unmanned devices to 84 million acres of land in the U.S." (via CNN.com)

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Gay FAU Student Says School Library Refused to Help Because He Looks Like a Woman

“A Florida Atlantic University student claims that he was turned away by the school’s library because he looks and acts like a woman. The student, Abdul Asquith, says that he needed to check out a laptop for school work on Wednesday. But, he says, the librarian turned him down because his student ID says he’s a male, but that he “sounds, looks, and acts” like a girl. Asquithm who is gay, says he does at times wear clothing that could be identified for woman. But at the time he was trying to check out the laptop, he was wearing a FAU hoodie. He was also wearing shorts, and had his hair pulled back.” (via Broward Palm Beach New Times)

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UF libraries to receive more than $300,000 for newspaper digitization

“The jobs of Florida historians and genealogists will soon be much easier, thanks to a recent grant for the University of Florida libraries. In August, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced it would be awarding $325,000 to the Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project, a joint project between the Smathers Libraries and the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras.” (via Gainesville Sun)

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University of Florida and the University of Miami libraries collaborate to establish a shared collection

“The University of Florida and the University of Miami have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the Collaborative Academic Library Collection, a shared collection that will be housed in Gainesville for long-term preservation and retention of low use or duplicate library materials. This new partnership between Florida’s largest public and private academic research libraries will benefit students, faculty and researchers at both universities. The catalogs and finding aids for both universities will include the records for the shared collection.”

via University of Florida

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Council panel wants to help Jacksonville libraries, worries how to pay for it

“Jacksonville’s library system got a tiny glimmer of hope Friday that Jacksonville’s City Council might prevent the worst of a series of proposed budget cuts. But the same day, council auditors warned the city’s finances looked tighter than Mayor Alvin Brown’s staff had described earlier and said some savings that were forecast this month seemed too optimistic. That could erase any hopes for shoring up library services, now slated to lose both hours open and money for materials when the 2013 budget year starts Oct. 1.”

via jacksonville.com

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Florida Library Makes 34,000 Ebooks Available at International Airport

Digital Shift – “Travelers at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport can now download free ebooks from the Broward County Library while they wait to claim their luggage. The partnership between the library and the airport began during the summer but only recently has begun to attract notice. The airport all together has 36 LCD screens that are reserved for advertisements or public service announcements. Twelve screens near the baggage claim now also display a QR code that the traveler can scan with a QR code reader app on their smartphone or electronic reading device, and then they can access over 34,000 public domain titles via the library’s OverDrive platform. No library card is required and the titles never expire.” (Thanks Kathleen)

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Jacksonville Public Libraries Face $3.5 Million in Cuts

First Coast News – “Once a week, Jayne Runnels heads to the Murray Hill library. She comes here mostly for books and DVDs. “Every now and then if the computer is out at home, it’s handy to have a computer at the library,” said Runnels. The Murray Hill branch, along with the 20 others in the city of Jacksonville, may have their hours slashed, be closed on Mondays and have their staff cut too.”

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In Midnight Deal, Florida Legislature Reprieves Public Library Funding

American Libraries Magazine – “Last-minute wrangling in the Florida legislature produced a deal to preserve state funding for libraries at the current-year level. At just before midnight on April 26 the House, which originally wanted to zero out all funding for the State Aid to Public Libraries program, accepted a Senate offer to restore it to the FY2009 appropriation of $21.2 million. The restored funding level makes the state eligible for $8.4 million in matching federal funds.”

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UCF Taps U.S. Library of Congress to Energize History Education in Florida

UCF – “Thanks to a $300,000 grant, two University of Central Florida researchers will teach Florida teachers how to bring more than 16 million digitized historical treasures from the U.S Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to life for today’s tech-savvy students. The project, TPS @ SUNLINK, focuses on teaching with primary sources — allowing students to answer historical questions by exploring documents and artifacts relevant to the period of interest.”

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