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Comerica Bank donates $50,000 to struggling southern Dallas libraries

Dallas News – “This morning, City Hall and Comerica Bank announced that the company is donating $50,000 to adopt two libraries in Southern Dallas. The Polk-Wisdom and North Oak Cliff branch libraries will benefit from the donation at a time when City Hall has had to slash funding for library staff and materials.”

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Bye-Bye Bookstores

SVEN BIRKERTS – “The printed book—so we are assured by publishers and e-book mavens—is not going to disappear any time soon. It may already be giving up its long uncontested dominance, some of its cultural centrality, but these optimally designed artifacts will continue to park on shelves and unfold in laps for some time to come. What is disappearing, with the speed of ink drying on a folio leaf, is the public profile of books, our sense of their literal and symbolic presence. We have all seen what is happening to libraries, as increasing numbers of them put their funds to digital use, moving books up, up and away from what used to be the central ports of access—the reading rooms—to make more room for monitors.”

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Guardians of the nation’s attic

LA Times – “The National Archives keeps watch over 10 billion historical records. And its treasure hunting team keeps watch over collector shows and EBay for the scraps of valuable history that have been stolen.”

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Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age

NYT – “Professors used to deal with plagiarism by admonishing students to give credit to others and to follow the style guide for citations, and pretty much left it at that. But these cases — typical ones, according to writing tutors and officials responsible for discipline at the three schools who described the plagiarism — suggest that many students simply do not grasp that using words they did not write is a serious misdeed.”

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NY library to honor Steve Martin for gift of ideas NY library to honor Steve Martin for gift of ideas

AP – “Steve Martin has been recognized in New York as a literary lion. The actor-author-playwright was among five Library Lions announced Wednesday by the New York Public Library. Also cited were actor-author Ethan Hawke, authors Malcolm Gladwell and Zadie Smith and New York Public Library President Paul LeClerc.”

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No Easy Answers in the Copyright Debate

NYT – “You’d think it’d be pretty easy to live within the copyright laws, or at least to understand them: If you want something of value, you pay for it.”

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Moderately Confused

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Show scholars how to tap the potential of digital research tools

Times Higher Education – “Libraries can aid academics with resource discovery by helping them to use cutting-edge technologies, says Richard Boulderstone”

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Hacking Your Library’s Catalog: SMS and RSS

ProfHacker – “It’s probably been a long time since any of us have used an actual library card catalog, standing in front of the long wooden drawer, searching for a book by author, title, or subject heading. You don’t need to hear it from me that there’s been a revolution in the way we search our libraries for material. I’m not so convinced, however, that what we do after we find our results has changed much. Do you still jot down call numbers on sticky notes before heading over to your institution’s library? Do you still rely on library slips to keep track of due dates? Do you still print a hardcopy list of your dozens and dozens of check-outs?”

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New Rikers ‘Librarian’ Looks Familiar

NYT – “Robert Halderman, known as Joe, who was arrested last fall on charges of extorting David Letterman, is now helping inmates choose books at Rikers Island.”

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