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Private Collector Gives Huge Trove of Road Maps to Stanford Libraries

March 21, 2012 by

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From Stanford News: The phrase “important map collection” conjures images of medieval maps with dragons spurting fire at the edges of the world or yellowed charts tracing vanished civilizations. A 1964 Texaco road map of rural Oregon doesn’t usually fit the ticket. Yet Stanford University Libraries has acquired precisely that variety of maps in its […]

New Report From OCLC: “U.S. Public Libraries: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives”

March 21, 2012 by

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Very interesting to read the importance that listservs and e-discussions continue to have in the public library community. Direct to Report (4 pages; PDF) Numerous charts. via OCLC: This new report details findings from a study OCLC conducted with libraries in mid-2011 to learn about their priorities, initiatives, thoughts on the future of their service […]

National Library of Jamaica Looks to Boost Clientele

March 21, 2012 by

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From the Jamaica Gleaner: As part of its rebranding, The National Library of Jamaica is looking to boost its customer base especially outside Kingston. Executive director of the library, Winsome Hudson, said many of the users are from the Corporate Area, and this was the wrong image for the institution. “Though we are based in […]

Mobile: GPO Adds New Features to Congressional Guide App

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From the U.S. Government Printing Office: The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has enhanced the features of the Mobile Member Guide, a mobile Web application (app) that GPO released in November 2011, which provides the public with quick, easy access to information on Members of the 112th Congress. The app’s new features include: Official biographical […]

Australia: New South Wales Government to Open Source Digital Archives Software

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From iTnews.com.au: NSW State Records has promised to open source any digital preservation software it writes for an archive of “born-digital” records that will sit in a new Western Sydney data centre. The digital archives project is the State Government’s first attempt to permanently and centrally store a portion of digital files that are beyond […]

Internet Archive Launches All-HD Collection of 35mm Stock Footage (Free)

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via Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing: Rick Prelinger sez: I’m delighted to let everyone know about our newest Internet Archive collection which, for want of a cooler title, we’re calling 35mm Stock Footage. Digitized from 35mm original negatives and release prints dating back to the first decade of the 20th century, these unedited sequences were shot […]

Kent Oliver Named New Director of the Nashville Public Library

March 21, 2012 by

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From The Tennessean: The library’s board voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Kent Oliver, who has served as executive director of the Stark County District Library in Canton, Ohio, since 2001. Keith Simmons, chairman of the board and leader of its search committee, said Oliver’s references consistently said he would be “solid, quietly efficient and a […]

Massachusetts: “A New Window on Bay State’s Vital Records”

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From The Boston Globe: Locked away in town vaults and basements for years, the historical records date to 1620 and include the scribblings of town clerks from days of yore and the names of Clara Barton, Paul Revere, John Hancock, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin. The old public records are slated to go online Tuesday, […]

Brown University: “In Digital Age, Libraries Seek to Adapt”

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From The Brown Daily Herald: As the University continues to embrace the digital age, libraries have undergone a dramatic transformation in order to keep up with students’ needs and preference “The landscape has changed,” said Edwin Quist, associate University librarian for research and outreach services. [Clip] Though he and many of his colleagues appreciate Wikipedia, […]

Ireland: Library Recovers Tome Missing For 100 Years

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From CNN: The book, missing for a century, has turned up in “remarkably good condition” and has been returned to grateful staff at Archbishop Marsh’s Library in Dublin. The hero of the story is an Irish barrister who plucked the tome from a junk shop. The attorney paid the princely sum of €90 (about $119), […]