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Spy Museum considers move to historic DC library

“The International Spy Museum, one of the most popular attractions in the nation’s capital over the past decade, is considering a move to a historic library that would give it more space for exhibits and a link to the city’s convention center. Museum officials told The Associated Press on Monday they will propose a redevelopment of Washington’s historic Carnegie Library with the city’s convention center authority, Events DC. The project would include new 40,000-square-foot underground space for exhibits and a new glass pavilion to house a visitors center, cafe and store. Peter Earnest, the museum’s executive director and a former CIA agent, said the Spy Museum has outgrown its space since opening in 2002 in downtown Washington.” (via AP)

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The digital age is forcing libraries to change. Here’s what that looks like.

“You make a beeline from the door to the iPad mini. The touch interface is nice, but you want something a little larger so you move on to the next device. Are you weighing a purchase at an Apple Store? No, you’re trying one of the lineup of devices at the new Digital Commons space at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. The similarity to an Apple Store is no accident, according to Nicholas Kerelchuk, the manager of the Digital Commons. But at the Digital Commons you can try out e-book readers from all of the major manufacturers, including Kindles, Nooks, and Windows 8 tablets.” (via Washington Psost)

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D.C. chief librarian Ginnie Cooper announces retirement

“Whoever said “without libraries, you have no civilization” had obviously never confronted a D.C. public library circa the early 2000s. Odd-smelling places, many of them, and not in a musty literary way but in a stinky dog pee way, with curling carpet and yellowy leaking ceilings, and the sense that whatever book you sought might be on the shelves, or might be propping up a window air-conditioning unit. Walking into a branch felt less like entering a monument to knowledge than like entering a semi­finished basement in need of a good wet vac. “I think the biggest day” in recent library history, says John Hill, president of the D.C. Public Library Board of Trustees, “was the day that Ginnie came.” (via The Washington Post)

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How Washington D.C.’s Laws Were Set Free for Web Viewing

“On Greater Greater Washington, Tom MacWright recently wrote a blog entry highlighting the problems of access to the Washington, D.C. Code. There is, first, a legal obstacle: Washington D.C. claims copyright over their laws, which is to say that it is illegal to reproduce them without permission of the city. Then, second, what is perhaps a more significant obstacle: They outsource the maintenance of their legal code. The city of Washington, D.C. long ago started paying WestLaw — and now LexisNexis — to turn the D.C. Council’s bills into laws. As a result, they now have neither the knowledge nor the infrastructure to maintain their own laws. The only way that D.C. can find out what their laws say is to pay LexisNexis to tell them. This is consequently true for the public, as well. If a resident of D.C. — like MacWright — wants to know what the law says, there’s no sense in asking (or FOIA-ing) the city, because the city has outsourced the process so completely that they know nothing.” (via PBS)

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D.C. chief librarian Ginnie Cooper discusses changes to system

“D.C. Public Library’s chief librarian, Ginnie Cooper, wouldn’t do what she does if she didn’t have an appreciation for books and the effect they have on others. Books have influenced her life so much that she and her husband, Rick Bauman, were married in a library in 1995. Instead of throwing rice, their guests threw pages from romance novels. Before becoming chief librarian in 2006, Cooper was library director for the Brooklyn Public Library System in New York. Since her move to the District, she has led her staff in transforming the city’s library system to encourage residents to utilize what their neighborhood libraries have to offer. Her work in libraries stretches back more than 40 years.” (via The Washington Post)

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D.C. Council members push for longer library hours

“D.C. library advocates told D.C. Council members Thursday that they want libraries to be open longer, but are worried that extra hours would mean more staffing. “We want extended hours, but there needs to be funding to staff these hours,” said Susan B. Haight, president of the Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library. “My concern is that legislation will be passed and the funding will not follow. An unfunded mandate does not work for us.”

via Washington Examiner

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After recession, Washington area libraries adapt to high demand on a tight budget

“Walk into Arlington County’s Central Library at 4 p.m. on a Wednesday. The parking lot is full. Grade-schoolers and their younger siblings are scattered around the children’s section. Adults are plugged into the wireless signals from their devices or browsing novels and DVDs. At the moment, the Digital Projects Lab where residents can record videos is free, but it won’t be for long. Try Montgomery County’s Germantown Library on a Sunday afternoon. Someone is using the computers to search for a job. Someone else is leafing through the collection of Vietnamese-language books. The librarian at the counter fields a question about e-books.”

via The Washington Post

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Plan calls for D.C. libraries to open on Sundays

“The District’s public libraries would open on Sunday — and stay open for much longer on other days — under a $10 million plan that the D.C. Council is poised to take up this fall. Most library branches in the city are open for 48 hours each week, but legislation that Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans is pressing would move that figure to at least 69 hours a week, a 44 percent jump. “The libraries are very important,” Evans said. “We have one of the finest library systems in the country, and people at community meetings bring [operating hours] up to me all the time.”

via Washington Examiner

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More on HIV/AIDS

Reuters – “Washington, D.C., has the highest rate of AIDS in the United States, and more babies are born with the AIDS virus in Washington than in other U.S. cities, according to a report released on Monday.”

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Building Libraries

Elissa Silverman – “It was not your typical library story hour.”

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