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Digital maps at the Osher Map Library show promise and perils of digitization.

“The Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine is a treasure trove for the cartographically inclined. Its collection, which contains close to 450,000 items, spans the centuries, covering everything from a Ptolemaic chart of the world to a record of postal routes in the Dakota Territory. For much of the past decade, the library has been working to digitize that collection, carefully photographing many items it owns and presenting them for free online. It’s an effort that speaks to the ambivalent complexities of digitization, especially for archivists and researchers. Above all else, though, it’s an opportunity for the public to look at some astonishing—and frequently beautiful—maps.” (via Slate)

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In digital era, libraries remain ‘a trusted institution’

“Two-year-old Fiona DeArmas and her mother, Amy, were strolling through the stacks of the Arbutus branch of the Baltimore County Public Library last week, searching for the right book to take home.In a tradition passed on to each of Amy’s six children, she’d be allowed to take out as many books as her age.On July 1, Fiona turned three.And if her older children were any indication, she’d be excited for the perk.”When my oldest was 10, she was really happy because she could get 10 books,” she said. “It’s the little things like that they’ve enjoyed.” (via Baltimore Sun)

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Adding Classes and Content, Resurgent Libraries Turn a Whisper Into a Roar

“Matthew Carter’s summer hideaway is not in the Hamptons, the Catskills or on the Jersey Shore. It does not require a car ride or a small fortune to keep up. Mr. Carter, 32, an adjunct professor of music at the City College of New York, simply holes up at the Inwood Library in northern Manhattan with his research books. It is quiet, air-conditioned and open every day. “I’m a total leech of public libraries,” he said. “It’s my summer hangout. It’s where I spend the majority of my time, and where I’m most productive.” (via NY Times)

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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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