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Global Commission Recommends Governments to Invest in Public Access in Libraries

“The Global Commission on Internet Governance has just released One Internet, a wide-ranging and pragmatic vision of how all actors can contribute to a sustainable and democratic internet.Based on two years of work and extensive expert contributions, the Commission identifies four foundational aspects of a “robust, healthy Internet: open, secure, trustworthy and inclusive of all”, and what can be done to achieve this.” (via IFLA)

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China funds construction of Africa’s largest university library

“The Chinese government is wholly funding the construction of what is thought to be Africa’s largest university library, which is being built in Tanzania.The new library at the University of Dar es Salaam will cost an estimated $40 million (£27.5 million) and will hold 800,000 books when complete, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.John Magufuli, the Tanzanian president, laid the foundation stone of the new library at a ceremony that was also attended by Lyu Youqing, the Chinese ambassador to the country.” (via Times Higher Education (THE))

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There’s A Good Reason Canadians Won’t Give Up Their Libraries

“If you really want to rile up a Canadian, threaten to take away their library.xCraig got his first taste of activism speaking out to save our local library. We’ve noticed ever since then that when provinces and cities experience a budget crunch, libraries are often first on the chopping block. Yet invariably, citizen rise up to protect them from extinction.” (via Huffington Post)

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In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

“On the corner of the busiest intersection in Omaha, Neb., there’s a square cement building, wrapped on two sides with a flashing LED billboard promoting the high-tech equipment and classes inside.”I thought it was a 3-D printer sales place,” says Frank Fu, a high school student.Earlier this year, Fu stumbled upon Do Space, a technology library providing free access to powerful PCs loaded with software used by businesses and artists. There are 3-D printers and laser cutters.” (via NPR)

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Why Libraries Have So Many Toys

“For months now, I’ve taken my toddler to the local public library. I don’t know if it is the musky smell of the books or the melodic ripple of pages being turned or the sound of hushed voices amid the stacks, but the experience of going to the library is one I’ve loved since I was a child – and it’s been an amazing thing to share with my daughter.A few times a week, we walk through the entry doors and make our way to the children’s section. My daughter, as soon as her feet touch the ground, is off and toddling, pulling random books from the shelves one by one. When she settles on a title she likes, she plops down right where she’d stood and diligently turns the pages, occasionally pointing at an illustration or a word, as if it has profound meaning. I love watching her. I can see her turning into a little bookworm, just like her mother.” (via POPSUGAR Moms)

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Pound Ridge Library director accused of inflating stats

“In this tranquil corner of Westchester County, a noisy controversy is coming from, of all places, the public library.Director Marilyn Tinter, who has worked for 40 years at the library in the town of 5,000-plus residents, has been suspended with pay for what is a $97,237-per-year position.The Library Board of Trustees made several allegations — the subject of an ongoing hearing — including that Tinter allegedly inflated circulation statistics by having an employee or employees check books out of and back into the library.” (via LoHud)

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The Delicate Task Of Restoring One Of The World’s Oldest Libraries

“The copper craft makers in Seffarin Square in the historic district of Fez, Morocco, bang out designs on platters and shape copper pots to a rhythm. Called the medina, neighborhood streets lined with domes and archways take you back through the history of the dynasties and occupiers that ruled Morocco from the 9th century on. At the center of the square is the Qarawiyyin Library, founded more than a millennium ago.” (via KUOW)

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The baffling mystery and curious case of the abandoned or lost library

“What happened to the Fairview Branch Library? When will it open? Libraries have been susceptible to destruction by invading armies and barbarian hordes throughout history. Sometimes these venerable centers of learning and accumulated knowledge just disappear – pouf! (via SMDP)

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In Hartford Seminary Library, Immigrant Finds Haven To Overcome Challenges

“Shortly before 9 a.m., Claudia Mazzucco slips out of her Putnam Street apartment and begins her daily 40-minute walk.She routinely carries a bag filled with a few books and DVDs to the Hartford Seminary library, where she goes every Monday through Friday, and sometimes Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to as late as 8 p.m., before she walks home to watch “All in the Family.”Mazzucco, a 49-year-old Argentine native, is an aspiring writer and editor but doesn’t have internet access at home, doesn’t own a cellphone, and doesn’t drive. Her lifeline to her life’s work is at the seminary, which has become her second home and a place where she’s both edited a book — just published this year — and met some of her first local friends.” (via Hartford Courant)

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Get thee to a library: It’s more important than ever

“In the wake of the provincial government’s decision to close almost half the public libraries in Newfoundland, politicians have offered up a number of justifications. The most prevalent – and specious – argument is that technology has rendered libraries obsolete, and that libraries are now relics of the predigital age. This couldn’t be further from the truth.” (via Globe & Mail)

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