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UMass students, librarians want more faculty to use open source textbooks to save students money

“About 65 percent of college students don’t buy textbooks because of cost, said Matt Magalhaes, the affordable textbook campaign coordinator for MassPirg at the University of Massachusetts. Textbooks can cost students $1,200 a year. He and other students and librarians at the university are hoping that students will pressure their professors to adopt open source textbooks.” (via masslive.com)

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[UMass] Libraries Launch Retrospective Digitization of Theses, Dissertations

“The Libraries have embarked on an ambitious program to digitize all university theses and dissertations and make them available online to the public, according to librarian Jessica Adamick, assistant to the associate director for library services. The research works have been available in electronic format since 1997 for dissertations and 2007 for theses, but public online access has not been available. Other dissertations and theses spanning more than 100 years have long been available only in print.” (via UMass Amherst)

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Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons’ electronic privacy

“Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications — and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity.” (via Boing Boing)

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UMass Amherst Libraries Join HathiTrust Partnership

“The UMass Amherst Libraries has become one of the newest partners of HathiTrust (www.hathitrust.org), a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. As HathiTrust members, UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff will have access to more than 3.5 million public domain books. The campus community will be able to search HathiTrust’s catalog and download titles in the public domain. Users can then create their own private libraries of these electronic titles.” (via Hathi Trust)

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Massachusetts, Baker & Taylor Partner on E-books

“The Massachusetts Library System and Baker & Taylor have partnered on a pilot project designed to expand access to e-books throughout the state’s libraries. In the six-month e-book project, Baker & Taylor will assist MLS in establishing a shared, statewide collection of e-books, in which an initial group of 51 participating libraries will access more than 3,000 general interest titles through Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 digital media platform.” (via PW)

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Holyoke Public Library about to unveil $14.5 million renovation featuring 15,000-square-foot addition

“Skylights and a different entrance are among the new features brought to the soon-to-reopen Holyoke Public Library thanks to $14.5 million in renovations. The star attraction is the 15,000-square-foot addition built onto what was the rear of the original, 111-year-old, 25,000-square-foot library. (via masslive.com)

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Library trustee defends culling of historical volumes, despite public outcry

“A Watertown library trustee last night defended her board’s June decision to move some historical books out of the local library’s history room to clear shelf space, despite the uproar it has caused among local genealogy and historical experts. “There just isn’t enough room,” said library trustee Raya Stern in a Town Hall hallway Tuesday night. “This is stuff no one looks at. Not everything in there is valuable to Watertown.” (via Boston.com)

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Swansea library cat causes controversy

“A cat in Swansea that lives at the town’s public library is causing controversy. It’s front page news in southeastern Massachusetts. A quiet, unassuming cat is causing big problems for at least one person in Swansea. “It’s a continuation of the handicapped accessibility platform I started in 2007,” said Patrick Higgins, a Swansea resident. Patrick Higgins says the library needs to make big changes to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act; changes like adding a ramp to the front entrance and taking down a fence in front of the gazebo in back — but removing a cat?” (via WHDH-TV)

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Official says Massachusetts libraries seeing little in new state support

“While libraries in Massachusetts are grappling with different demands from users and new technologies such as electronic books, state funding for the libraries is at the same level it was in 1994, Board of Library Commissioners Director Robert Maier told lawmakers Thursday. “The funding is way down,” Maier told the House and Senate Ways and Means committees gathered who held a budget hearing in the library of Everett High School.”

via Holbrook Sun

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Patrick-Murray Administration awards $41.8 Million in Construction Grants through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

“The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners today announced that they have awarded eight communities General Construction Provisional Grants awards. Governor Patrick increased funding for the Public Library Construction Program in the administration’s FY13-FY17 Capital Plan to allow for these eight additional grants, which will assist with the cost of construction over the course of the next few years. “Public libraries are a valuable resource for cities, towns and residents across the Commonwealth,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “These grants, and others before it, will assist municipalities with construction of top-notch, environmentally-conscious facilities that will serve residents for many years to come.”

via Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

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