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Study Finds Publicly-Funded Libraries and Museums Too Expensive, Too Slow To Build

“It’s just a one-story building, but the Mariners Harbor Library on Staten Island took nearly eight years to move from the drawing board to opening day in 2013. Across town in the Bronx, the Kingsbridge Library that opened in 2011 took more than nine years to build. The cost per square foot was more than double what developers pay, on average, to build new office buildings in New York.” (via WNYC)

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Pittsburgh libraries join initiative to protect data

“On the second floor of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Sunday, Priya Donti could be found hunched over a laptop, combing through government databases on monthly normal temperatures across different states.The Carnegie Mellon University student’s participation in the first Data Rescue Pittsburgh event was driven by just as much a passion for open and transparent data as fear. Disturbed by reports that Donald Trump’s presidential administration might review Environmental Protection Agency climate data before it’s published, she joined more than 40 programmers, activists, librarians and researchers in the library in an effort to pinpoint and secure publicly accessible data sets.” (via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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Austin’s new Central Library opening delayed — again

“The opening date for Austin’s new Central Library has been pushed back again, to this fall at the earliest, dismaying City Council members who said they don’t know how to defend the project to constituents.“It’s Groundhog Day,” said Council Member Ora Houston in a workshop last week, referring to the repeatedly vague guesses for completion. “That’s the response I get every time: That it’s ‘soon.’” (via statesman.com)

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5 Cincinnati libraries now offering after-school snacks for food-insecure kids, teens

“More than 630,000 children across Ohio live in food insecure households, meaning more than one in four don’t know where their next meal will come from, according to the Children’s Hunger Alliance.That’s why the organization is expanding its network of after-school snack services to include five local libraries: Avondale, College Hill, Pleasant Ridge, Price Hill and Walnut Hills. “(For) many of the students who participate in after-school programs, this is the only snack or hot meal they’ll receive at the end of the evening,” said Maria Santiago of the Children’s Hunger Alliance. “So we want to ensure that they do receive that healthy meal and are setup for success with their basic needs.” (via WCPO)

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Disappearing books: How Russia is shuttering its Ukrainian library

“First, armed police seized some of its books. Next, its director was put on trial accused of stirring up ethnic hatred. And now, quietly, its shelves have been emptied and its volumes packed up, ready to be merged into another library’s collection. A year and a half after Russia’s only state-run Ukrainian language library, Moscow’s Library of Ukrainian Literature, was dragged into a political dispute between the two countries, Reuters has learnt that authorities are quietly winding it down.Officially, what is happening to the library — its 52,000 books are being transferred to Russia’s main foreign language library — is “a change of address” not a closure.” (via Reuters)

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