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Walden Media makes book on ‘Rex Libris’

Variety – “Walden Media is moving ahead on development of “Rex Libris,” tapping Ben Zazove to adapt the humorous sci-fi graphic novel. Walden acquired feature rights to “Rex” last year, which follows the zombie-slaying adventures of librarian Rex Libris as he protects the books of the Middleton Public Library and guards the world’s literary treasures from a host of supernatural foes.”

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Sad Cuts: Multnomah County Libraries Plan to Close on Mondays Starting in July

Blogtown – “Proposed budget are due to the county chair’s office today and the library’s pitch lays out $6.5 million in cuts that, if approved, would go into effect this August. The library, along with the rest of the county, is facing a serious budget gap and is digging up money in various ways.”

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Mike Bloomberg: Libraries Aren’t Just About Books, They’re Places to Find Jobs!

Village Voice – “Yes, books and reading and anything that involves words on actual paper are totally screwed. But that doesn’t mean New York City libraries aren’t valuable! That was kind of the message behind Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s announcement this morning that he is expanding the city’s efforts to help unemployed New Yorkers find jobs through partnerships with public libraries.”

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How New York Pay Phones Became Guerrilla Libraries

The Atlantic – “John Locke thinks people should read more. So in the past few months, the Columbia architecture grad has slipped around Manhattan with a sack of books and custom-made shelves, converting old pay phones into pop-up libraries.”

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Social Media for Research: Not Quite There

Press Release – “ebrary®, a ProQuest business and leading provider of ebooks and research technology, today announced that the social media data of its 2011 Global Student E-book Survey is now publicly available…Among other key findings, the addendum revealed the following…35% students indicated they would “likely” to “very likely” pose a question to a librarian using social media, compared to 45% who would “likely” to “very likely” use social media to pose a question to faculty.”

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Official: Books burned in Afghanistan extremist

AP – ” A military official says Muslim holy books that were burned in a pile of garbage at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan had been removed from a library at a nearby detention center because they contained extremist messages or inscriptions. A military official with knowledge of the incident told The Associated Press on Tuesday that it appeared the Qurans and other Islamic readings were being used to fuel extremism, and that detainees apparently were leaving notes for one another inside them.”

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Judge Slaps School for Blocking Gay Websites

Courthouse News – “A federal judge ordered a central Missouri school district to stop using Internet filtering software that blocks access to gay, lesbian and transgender issue-related websites. U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey issued a preliminary injunction against the Camdenton R-III School District. The American Civil Liberties Union sued the district in August 2011 on behalf of several gay rights organizations, including the Matthew Shepard Foundation; Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and Dignity Inc.”

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Brooklyn artists building mini library

NY Daily News – “Brooklyn’s newest – and smallest – library is currently under construction by two borough artists. Partners Julia Marchesi and Leon Reid IV are working on a book branch that’s just 6-feet high and modeled after a Brooklyn brownstone. Called the “The Hundred Story House,” Marchesi and Reid’s work is a celebration of the borough’s literary-savvy culture. The pair want to site the structure in Cobble Hill Park this spring where its 100 books will be available on a take-a-book, leave-a-book honor system.”

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No sell-off for Reed Elsevier

Telegraph – “Reed has come under pressure from some investors to sell off its LexisNexis Legal & Professional business amid claims the division is suffering from under-investment and increasing competition. However, Erik Engstrom, Reed’s chief executive, said all of the company’s major units were there to stay and that the business would only consider smaller disposals within each unit: “We continually try to proactively adjust our business mix”.

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Bilbary Seeks to Heal the Digital Rift Between Publishers and Libraries

Goodereader.com – “When ebook platform Bilbary launches sometime in March or April, it will have something that can’t be found in one uniform web location: ebook access from all of the Big Six publishers. Currently, the negotiations surrounding Bilbary’s partnership with those and some 2,300 other publishers are for ebook purchasing, although some of those major publishers are already at work on lending the ebooks to users for a rental fee rather than a purchase price. Founder Tim Coates, the former CEO of Waterstone’s, Sherratt & Hughes, and WHSmith and a long-time advocate for public libraries, developed Bilbary with the intention of bridging the current divide between public libraries who wish to lend ebooks to their patrons and the publishers who have to guard the interests of their companies and their authors. “In all the years that I’ve been involved with books, I’ve never seen a year like last year. Four or five major battles, almost wars, were going on in the industry,” said Coates in an interview with GoodEReader.

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