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Library card denied in 1942 now is hers

“Pearl Thompson was a college student in Raleigh in 1942 when she was told she couldn’t check out a book from the public library because she was black. She was sent to the library’s basement, where she had to wait for a staff member to bring her the book she was assigned to read for a history class at Shaw University. Blacks weren’t issued library cards, so she had to stay in the basement to read it. Seventy-three years later, at age 92, Thompson finally has her library card. Thompson, who now lives in Cincinnati, entered the Cameron Village Regional Library in Raleigh on Thursday, aided by a walker, to attend a ceremony in her honor.” (Via Dispatch.com)

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UNC library gets $25M contract, largest ever from EPA

“Thanks to a $25 million contract, the UNC School of Information and Library Science will continue to operate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Research Triangle Park Library for another five years. This is the largest contract received by SILS from the EPA-RTP library and “significantly expands the scope of work to manage agency-wide subscriptions to journals and other information products,” according to UNC. The school has operated the EPA-RTP Library since 1975 and more than 300 graduate students have served as interns in the program.” (via Triangle Business Journal)

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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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