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SF library workers may get training to save heroin addicts’ lives

“In addition to checking out and re-shelving books, San Francisco library staffers may soon be trained to give lifesaving medication to reverse overdoses among the growing number of heroin users mixing in with the homeless in and around the Main Library. “It does save lives,” City Librarian Luis Herrera said of the plan being floated to allow his staff to administer naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan. The idea surfaced after an addict was found dead in one of the Civic Center library’s restrooms in early February.” (via San Francisco Chronicle)

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SF library begins campaign to support unauthorized immigrants

“The posters went up quietly. One taped in the window of the library’s main entrance. A cluster near the circulation desk. And even more tacked in the hallways of other branches.“All are welcome,” the yellow posters said, the words translated to five languages including Spanish and Arabic. A cluster of animated figures on the sign — their skin tones black, brown, olive and white — read books, played the piano and held a camera. Within the Main Library’s walls, all are welcome to get a card, to read, to surf the Internet and participate in programs, the sign said.” (via SFGate)

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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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