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Public libraries offering streaming under new model that allows for unlimited patrons to view a title simultaneously

“Try to check out a hot new book or movie at your local library, and you’re likely to get put on a long waiting list. Libraries in the Chicago area are trying to change that by offering a new online checkout service. Instead of having a limited number of each book or movie, they can now offer unlimited access to titles — sometimes on the day they’re released in stores. The service is called hoopla digital and it’s available through a mobile app or web browser at the Chicago Public Library and 23 suburban libraries. It first came online last year and is now in 300 libraries nationwide, including opening June 23 in Oak Park and an expected Aug. 1 launch in Palatine.” (via chicagotribune.com)

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UIC Online portal offers access to area libraries, museums

“A $194,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund software development led by UIC for a free, easily accessible online portal to materials on Chicago history in at least 12 libraries and museums. The portal will allow one-click searching of materials at UIC, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Library, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, Newberry Library, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University and University of Chicago.” (via UIC News Center)

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Beyond the stacks – Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century

“Walk into Arlington Heights Memorial Library, whose renovations were completed this year, and you’ll see an expansive, open space. Several dividing walls have been removed. One section of the library, Marketplace, mimics a supermarket aisle, with 20,000 books, DVDs and music CDs. Books are divided by category — Cookbooks, Health, Jobs & Money and Trending — and shelved with covers, rather than spines, facing out.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Libraries get $1.3M for e-books, other materials

“Three library systems in Illinois have received government grants to develop their collections with a focus on e-books and other innovative ideas. Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced the grants Tuesday in Chicago at the Illinois Library Association Conference. (via AP)

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Morton Grove Library workers under 17 won’t show movies any more

“The Morton Grove Library now requires its employees to be at least 17-years-old in order to screen movies. Library Director Pam Leffler announced the policy change on Sept. 19, when library trustees met for their monthly meeting. She also told trustees that the 16-year-old projectionist who was the center of controversy this summer is no longer working at the library, but declined to elaborate further for privacy reasons. Afterward, Leffler said trustees want the library to abide by Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) guidelines, even though they’re not law.” (via Morton Grove Champion)

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