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James J. Hill library seeks 21st century role

“James J. Hill was perhaps the richest Minnesotan ever. The railroad baron and financier known as the Empire Builder may have been worth more than $6 billion in today’s dollars when he died about a century ago. He founded a grand namesake library in St. Paul to help other entrepreneurs succeed. Now, the library’s leaders are adjusting its mission and purpose for the internet age.” (via Minnesota Public Radio News)

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U Libraries receives $224,450 to digitize African American collections

“After receiving a nearly $225,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources, the University of Minnesota Libraries will soon embark on an ambitious two-year endeavor that aims to digitally archive its materials representing African American history and culture. Digitized materials, dating from the 16th century to present, will include nearly half a million pages of print documents, images, and audio and video recordings from across more than 70 collections within the Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections Department.” (via University of Minnesota)

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Library story times for children with autism growing in popularity in Minnesota

“A growing number of libraries are opening earlier and holding special story times to cater to some little Minnesotans who like to read in their own way. Carver County and several other Minnesota libraries are piloting Sensitive Storytimes to accommodate children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders. The Center for Engaging Autism has trained librarians across Minnesota to better serve children on the spectrum in their communities.” (via Star Tribune)

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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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