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N.Y. Librarians Fight Budget Cuts, Pledge ‘We Will Not Be Shushed’

WSJ – “To protest the mayor’s budget cuts to New York City libraries, city librarians have circulated petitions, testified before city committees and helped stage a Ghost Busters re-enactment. And on Sunday morning, librarian Ingrid Abrams stood at a podium near the steps of Central Library in Brooklyn, opened “Go Away the Green Monster” by Ed Emberley and read.”

More here, from the NYT

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A Gruesome Reckoning

WSJ – “Molly Molloy keeps a grim diary. “Eight killed in night club,” reads her April 28 entry. “Pregnant woman killed during soccer match,” she noted on May 4. Ms. Molloy, a 54-year-old librarian at New Mexico State University here, spends most mornings sifting reports in the Mexican press to create a tally of drug-cartel-related killings in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. She is striving to fill a widening information gap about these homicides in Juárez, some 50 miles southeast of Las Cruces, across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas.”

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L.A. libraries are cut to 5 days a week

LA Times – “Service will be reduced eight hours at all 73 facilities starting July 6 with the layoff of 101 workers. The reductions are criticized by the citizens group L.A. Neighbors United.”

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UC to publishers: Price off

Contra Costa Times – “After journals jack up subscription fees, librarians urge faculty to submit their research elsewhere.”

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Descartes letter returned to French library

AP – “A letter by 17th century French philosopher Rene Descartes that languished unnoticed in a U.S. college library for more than a century has been restored to France. The president of Haverford College – which has had the letter since 1902 – handed over the plastic-covered missive at a ceremony Tuesday at Paris’ Institut de France.”

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Silent film treasures to be preserved

LA Times – “The National Film Preservation Foundation and the New Zealand Film Archive plan a partnership to save a film collection, including a ‘lost’ John Ford picture, ‘Upstream.’

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A thoughtful misspelling

Washington Post – “Libraries are repositories of knowledge for their communities, beacons for erudite seniors and burgeoning book-report researchers alike. So when one is informed that a sign with an egregious misspelling has been posted immediately outside the front doors of a library — the Arlington Central Library, say, where a no-smoking area near the front doors is advertised as a “Fresh Aire Zone” — one looks for alternative explanations.”

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San Jose mayor asks council to impose pay cuts on workers to save libraries, community centers

Mercury News – “Declaring that San Jose’s public employees have refused to do their share to balance the budget, Mayor Chuck Reed on Friday called on the City Council to impose pay and benefit cuts on six unions he had previously asked for voluntary concessions. Reed’s aggressive proposal is the equivalent of a nuclear strike in a city where unions long have enjoyed political power. And he likely faces a hard fight with the council, many of whom owe their jobs to labor support.”

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Save Our Libraries Video

Save New York City Libraries from vincentgentile on Vimeo.

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Whitney Museum Plans New Building Downtown

NYT – “After 25 years of false starts, the board of the Whitney Museum of American Art has taken a step that will redefine the 80-year-old institution. It voted on Tuesday afternoon to begin construction on a building in the meatpacking district in Manhattan, to be completed by 2015, that will vastly increase the size and scope of the museum.”

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