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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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