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Morgan Librarys McKim Building to Reopen Next Month

NYTimes – “The Morgan Library and Museum’s landmark McKim, Mead and White building will reopen to the public on Oct. 30 after a $4.5 million restoration of its interior spaces.The Italianate marble villa, designed in High Renaissance style, was formerly the private study and library of the financier Pierpont Morgan. The project completes a physical transformation of the Morgan that began in 2006 with an expansion and renovation by the architect Renzo Piano.”

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Libraries launch apps to sync with iPod generation

AP – “Libraries are tweeting, texting and launching smart-phone apps as they try to keep up with the biblio-techs – a computer-savvy class of people who consider card catalogs as vintage as typewriters. And they seem to be pulling it off.”

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Anger as a Private Company Takes Over Libraries

NYT – “A private company in Maryland has taken over public libraries in ailing cities in California, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas, growing into the country’s fifth-largest library system. Now the company, Library Systems & Services, has been hired for the first time to run a system in a relatively healthy city, setting off an intense and often acrimonious debate about the role of outsourcing in a ravaged economy.”

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Students face new textbook picks: Rent vs. buy, print vs. e-book

USA Today – “With another summer ending, the time has come to ask the perennial question: Could this be the year higher education finally embraces the e-book?”

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Overdue state funds put libraries in bind

Chicago Tribune – “A service through which libraries in Illinois can share books and other resources is at risk of disappearing due to lack of state funding. But nine library systems throughout the state are making a last-ditch effort to save the delivery service, which many patrons have come to rely on when they can’t find something at their hometown library. Five of the systems, primarily in the northern part of the state, may merge into one. Four downstate systems are discussing doing likewise.”

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A novel idea: Take a look inside the library pub

BBC – “Can pubs replace libraries? A pub in the Yorkshire Dales which also doubles as a library may be a vision of the future for many communities.” (Thanks Kathleen)

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iPads and Kindles are better for the environment than books

Washington Post – “Environmental analysis can be an endless balancing of this vs. that. Do you care more about conserving water or avoiding toxic chemical usage? Minimizing carbon dioxide emissions or radioactive nuclear waste? But today the Lantern has good news: There will be no Sophie’s Choice when it comes to e-books. As long as you consume a healthy number of titles, you read at a normal pace and you don’t trade in your gadget every year, perusing electronically will lighten your environmental impact.”

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Law Library partition plan draws criticism

Bakersfield Californian – “A plan to limit access to a section of the Kern County Law Library has prompted complaints that members of the public will soon have a harder time conducting legal research there. A glass wall recently went up in the library, located on the third floor of the county Superior Court building on Truxtun Avenue. Soon only lawyers and library workers will be permitted behind the wall, the library’s board of trustees decided earlier this year.”

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Library of Congress pays $250K in sex suit

AP – “Officials with the Library of Congress have agreed to pay $250,000 to an employee who sued over alleged sexual harassment by the former top law librarian. The U.S. District Court in Washington formally accepted the settlement Thursday, but the agreement stipulates it is not an admission of guilt.”

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Get Ready for Ads in Books

WSJ – “For those who think this too radical a notion, consider the overwhelming product placement in movies, music videos and video games.”

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