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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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