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NCSU building one of world’s oddest libraries: a catalog of dyes

“For now, N.C. State University’s newest — and strangest — library exists mainly in 98,000 glass vials and slim envelopes of cloth samples. But chemistry students have begun the painstaking work of turning the huge collection of dyes, test swatches and documents, all donated by the Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical Co., into an online resource. When they’re done, crime-scene investigators and a host of other kinds of researchers around the world will be able to search through files of three-dimensional models of the thousands of unique molecules and information about their attributes. The university hopes to fund the Max A. Weaver Dye Library with a $785,000 grant it’s seeking from the National Institute of Justice, which already was paying for the development of a smaller dye database.” (via The State)

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UNC’s Digital Heritage Center knits state’s history together

“In the information age, libraries can seem like antiquated relics; quaint places where three-dimensional books gather dust. But librarians across the state are working hard to digitize their collections, and now treasures that have long sat in archive rooms are available for public viewing. “We have 125,000 items currently digitized,” said Nicholas Graham, the program director at the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, the statewide digital library that enables cultural heritage institutions across the state to share their collections online. “When we’re done there will be over half a million documents.” (via NewsObserver.com)

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UNC, state library link to National Digital Library

“Treasures from libraries and archives across North Carolina will soon be at the fingertips of researchers worldwide. The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (NCDHC) in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library will be the state hub and conduit to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) — an organization that provides a single point of access for millions of books, photographs, documents, sound recordings and moving images from some of the leading libraries and archives across the country.” (via The Herald-Sun)

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‘Invisible Man’ may reappear in North Carolina county’s schools

“If a county could blush, Randolph County just might. The school board in this largely rural county, to the embarrassment of many residents, voted last week to ban Ralph Ellison’s iconic novel of African American angst, “Invisible Man.” In a 5-2 vote, the board barred the book from all school libraries in the county after the mother of an 11th-grader complained that the novel was “too much for teenagers.” But confronted by an angry backlash and concerns that the ban had shamed the county, the board backed down and scheduled a special meeting Wednesday in order to reconsider the book’s status.” (via latimes.com)

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County board bans ‘Invisible Man’ from school libraries

“Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison is banned from the shelves of Randolph County Schools libraries.By a 5-2 margin, the Randolph County Board of Education voted Monday night, at its regular meeting held at Eastern Randolph High School, to remove all copies of the book from school libraries.The action stems from a Randleman High School parent’s complaint about the book. Committees at both the school and district levels recommended it not be removed.” (via Courier Tribune, Asheboro)

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UNC makes old yearbooks available online

“Fans of Andy Griffith now have a chance to see his college yearbook picture — as well as photos of other North Carolina natives dating back to 1890 — thanks to a University effort to digitize old archives from across the state. The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is gathering those archives into an online collection as part of a project UNC launched in late 2009.”

via The Daily Tar Heel

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