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Remembering Robert Goldstein, NPR’s Music Librarian And Our Friend

“If there was ever anyone who could be said to have the soul of a musician, it was Robert. He lived and breathed it and talked about it all of the time. He was always emailing links preceded by the phrase, “Check this out!”His enthusiasm for music could not be confined to the librarian’s chair. He knew that 2011 marked the 60th anniversary of the Fender Telecaster and wanted to share that knowledge with the world — so he decided to report on it for All Things Considered. (He would follow that act four years later, when the Stratocaster hit the same milestone.) And he knew so much about music that he was ready to celebrate when Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards’ 65th birthday rolled around.” (via Wisconsin Public Radio)

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Debate about use of librarian’s donation to UNH continues

“Students at the University of New Hampshire are still talking about the $4 million gift a frugal librarian left to the school when he died last year.Hannah Lacey and Keegan Fecher were studying at Dimond Library where cataloguer Robert Morin worked for nearly 50 years Friday afternoon. They said they heard the story about how he amassed his wealth by driving an older vehicle and eating frozen dinners. Fecher said students are opposed to the administration’s decision to use a quarter of the money on a new video scoreboard for Wildcat Stadium, not seeing the connection between a librarian and football, even though he understands the school’s perspective.” (via New Hampshire)

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Former librarian turned venture capitalist helps women win lead role in China venture industry

“The largest venture capital fund ever raised by a woman isn’t in Silicon Valley or even the U.S. It’s in Beijing and is run by a former librarian who keeps such a low profile that she’s a mystery in her native China.Chen Xiaohong rarely attends industry conferences or events. She hadn’t given a media interview in more than a decade until agreeing to break her silence this summer. “I don’t like being part of a club,” said Chen during a four-hour discussion at her firm’s headquarters. “I believe in staying independent, making your own decisions.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Sarah Glassmeyer: Opening a window on closed data

“Sarah Glassmeyer has spent the past year as a research fellow at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, studying how government publishes law. And how little is available to the taxpayers who finance it.Her work includes a census of 50 state regulation websites and 105 court websites. And her study found at least 14 barriers to accessing legal information, including how the information is stored and cataloged and the availability of bulk downloads.” (via ABA Journal)

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The Librarian’s Gift

“For nearly 50 years, Robert Morin ’63 worked as a cataloguer in Dimond Library. He was known to live simply, and few suspected he had quietly amassed a $4 million estate. When he died just over a year ago, he gifted his estate to UNH. “Bob’s demonstrated commitment to UNH through his philanthropy is tremendously inspiring,” says UNH President Mark Huddleston. “His generous gift allows us to address a number of university priorities.” (via UNH Today)

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