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SF Public Library revives plan to install microchips in books

“More than a decade ago, the San Francisco Public Library unsuccessfully attempted to deploy radio frequency identification tags in books.Now, head librarian Luis Herrera is trying once again.Herrera disclosed the renewed effort for RFID during last week’s Library Commission hearing and promised to return with more details in the coming weeks.That means funding for RFID — tiny microchips that exchange data with readers by emitting radio signals — could be included in the library’s budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year.” (via The San Francisco Examiner)

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How MediaWiki is streamlining San Francisco’s new Museum of Modern Art

“Artist Julia Scher’s installation Predictive Engineering has had a permanent home at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) since 1998. In a poignant commentary on mass surveillance, the artist laced real security footage with jarring clips of back-alley shenanigans and men and women frolicking nude through the museum itself. As the art evolved across decades, so too did its equipment, documentation, and space requirements.After closing its doors in 2013 for a major redesign, SFMOMA reopened in May with new attractions and a comprehensive catalog of every artwork to ever grace its floors. Though virtually every staff member is directly involved with these featured artworks, not everyone on staff can rally the bandwidth to wade through such a wealth of information before making prompt decisions.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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Nintendo partners with SF public library to teach kids about game design

“Last night, for a group of kids at the San Francisco Public Library, Super Mario wasn’t just an iconic game character: he was a teacher.In a rare move for the company, Nintendo partnered with the library to offer a series of lessons about game design, using the Wii U game Super Mario Maker — which lets players craft their own Mario stages and then share them with others online — as a teaching tool. “I think what we saw from launch until now is that there’s so much more to Super Mario Maker than just it being a game,” says Nintendo’s Krysta Yang. “Kids these days really have some incredible choices when it comes to what they can do from an educational perspective, and it seemed to us like the creativity of Super Mario Maker and the ease of creating a level and sharing it could be used in a different way.” (via The Verge)

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Library Offers Homeless People Mental Health Services, And It’s Working

“Of the 5,000 people who visit the San Francisco Public Library every day, about 15 percent of them are homeless, PBS reported. After years of watching this underserved demographic float through to get Internet access, a restroom and often, just refuge from the cold, the library realized it was in an auspicious position to stage effective interventions.So, in 2009, the library hired Leah Esguerra, who is believed to be the nation’s first psychiatric social worker to be employed full time at a library, SFGate reported. Since the program started, about 150 homeless people have received permanent housing, and another 800 have enrolled in social and mental health services, according to PBS.” (via Huffington Post)

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San Francisco Public Library hosts drag queen story hour for children

“What do drag queens and children have in common?They both find joy in wrapping themselves in feather boas and all things shiny and glittery.A San Francisco nonprofit recognizes this shared interest in dressing up and is joining forces with the San Francisco Public Library to bring drag queens and children together.” (via SFGate)

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