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Tom Brokaw donates papers, artifacts to UI Libraries

“One of the world’s most renowned and decorated journalists announced Nov. 10 that he has donated his papers to University of Iowa Libraries. Tom Brokaw, who attended the UI during his freshman year in 1958–59, made the announcement live on NBC’s Today show. “It was their idea,” Brokaw said, referring to the UI Libraries. “They came to me, and I was kind of reluctant. Do I have enough important stuff? And then they were persistent. They’ve got a wonderful, world-class library. They’re all digitalized.” (via Iowa Now)

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Science fiction fanzines to be digitized as part of major UI initiative

“The University of Iowa Libraries has announced a major digitization initiative, in partnership with the UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. 10,000 science fiction fanzines will be digitized from the James L. “Rusty” Hevelin Collection, representing the entire history of science fiction as a popular genre and providing the content for a database that documents the development of science fiction fandom.” (via The University of Iowa)

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Ames library closed because most of staff sick; food-poisoning eyed as possible cause

“The Ames Public Library is closed today because most of its staff members called in sick. Spokeswoman Susan Gwiasda said 22 staff members, including the director, are ill. She said officials are looking into the possibility that they ate tainted food during a staff meeting on Monday, when the library was closed for Presidents’ Day. Gwiasda said there have been numerous other illnesses locally in recent weeks. Most of it, she said, “is typical midwinter, people being inside and passing things back and forth.” (via The Des Moines Register)

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Library offers musical downloads

“A little more than a year ago, the Iowa City Public Library launched an ambitious project: collecting music from a wide variety of local bands and make the songs available online, free to download for library users. “We at the library are constantly watching formats … and people want a downloadable product,” said Jason Paulios, a senior librarian in adult services at the library. Paulios took over the position of senior librarian from John Hiett last year. Hiett started the program, called the Local Music Project, in June 2012 with the goal of offering local music to library patrons in a digital, downloadable setting.” (via The Daily Iowan)

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UI Libraries launches new crowdsourcing site with manuscript cookbooks and more

“Calves head hash, dandelion wine, election cake, and West Indies-dressed turtle are just a few of the recipes from the University of Iowa Libraries’ new Szathmary Culinary Manuscripts and Cookbooks digital collection: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cookbooks. Containing thousands of pages and spanning the 1600s through the 1960s, the handwritten cookbooks document culinary history in America and Europe, and how tastes have changed over the years. The do-it-yourself spirit of the housewives, cooks, winemakers, and Girl Scouts who wrote out and compiled the recipes makes the Szathmary collection an appropriate choice to help launch DIY History – http://diyhistory.lib.uiowa.edu – the Libraries’ new initiative that lets users contribute to the historical record by transcribing and tagging primary source documents online.”

via The University of Iowa Libraries

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