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University Libraries adapt to changing research

“Florescent lights cast a shadow upon rows of unused bookshelves in the Bio-Medical Library as students instead study their computer screens.Technology is transforming the University of Minnesota Libraries. Students use more online reference materials than ever before, according to a University Libraries survey. For students, online sources for studying or researching are becoming the norm, while print materials collect dust. University Libraries are revamping how they offer materials as students rely more on the Internet. One way of responding to the demand is by expanding online databases from existing materials. In January, students will have access to more print and online materials through MNCAT Discovery — a categorized search system on the University Libraries’ website.” (via The Minnesota Daily)

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Twin Cities libraries innovate to remain relevant in digital age

“Grace Mwamasika came to Burnsville’s Burnhaven Library on Saturday morning for a free Excel class. A single mother of two, Mwamasika, 45, has an accounting degree and is refreshing her computer skills while she looks for a job. She’s a regular library visitor with her children, and a day earlier she was at a different public library, learning to fill out online job applications.” (via Minn Post)

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Using ‘R rated’ book without asking parents was wrong, school chair says

“The chairman of the Anoka-Hennepin school board said Wednesday that the district had erred by not giving parents a chance to object to a book that he described as “R rated” being used in a high school summer reading program. “Eleanor & Park,” a novel by Rainbow Rowell, tells the story of two outsider teens in the 1980s who find a common bond in music. Librarians had included the book on school library shelves, and it was selected for use in the summer “Rock the Book” program.” (via Minnesota Public Radio News)

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Minnesota joins project to centralize nation’s digital libraries

“Minnesota is joining a pilot project to combine and centralize the country’s digital library collections. The Minnesota Digital Library, a collaboration of the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society and other institutions, will be an early contributor to the Digital Public Library of America, or DPLA. The Minnesota Digital Library will receive $350,000 in grant money to take part in the project.”

via Minnesota Public Radio

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