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Canadian Government Cuts Funding for Public Internet Access

April 8, 2012 by

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From Global News: Ottawa is pulling the plug on its support for a program that helps connect Canadians to affordable Internet access at schools, community centres and libraries. Industry Canada sent out letters on Thursday notifying program coordinators it would not renew funding for the Community Access Program or CAP, a service accessed disproportionately by lower-income […]

Now Available: Video of 9th Columbia University Libraries Symposium

April 6, 2012 by

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Videos from the symposium were made available online a couple of days ago. “New Models of Academic Collaboration” was the title of the event that took place on March 23, 2012. From the Columbia U. Calendar Description Promo: Research Libraries are discovering the value of collaboration among and within institutions. As these collaborative models evolve, […]

The New York Public Library Digitizes Early American History

April 6, 2012 by

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From the NYPL Announcement: Thousands of historical documents at The New York Public Library – including material handwritten by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and papers from authors such as Mark Twain – will soon be accessible to the public online, thanks in large part due to a generous gift of $500,000 from The Polonsky […]

E-Books: Bilbary Partnering With Libraries in the U.S. and U.K.

April 6, 2012 by

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From The Telegraph: Tim Coates, whose ebook store Bilbary was announced earlier this week, said that the difference in costs between selling a physical book and an ebook meant that digital versions should be much cheaper. [Clip] Mainstream publishers “don’t want to do renting at the moment”, Coates said but he said he expected that […]

UK: “Community-run Libraries are Part of the Degradation of the Service”

April 5, 2012 by

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From a Commentary in The Guardian: Volunteers can bring much to libraries, but the fact they are replacing paid staff shows how much de-skilling has taken place. Surrey Libraries Action Movement (Slam) is celebrating after the high court ruled that Surrey county council’s plan to replace trained librarians with a volunteer-only service in 10 of […]

Reference: Handy Spreadsheet With Info About 290 News Databases, Result of Recent CRL Survey

April 5, 2012 by

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Last week we discovered (we’re always looking) a very informative new spreadsheet from the Center for Research Libraries that lists a sizable collection of news and news-related databases. What we found came without any supporting documentation about when and why it was created. We reached out to James Simon from CRL.  He got back to […]

iPad Borrowing Comes to Princeton University Library

April 5, 2012 by

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From the Princeton U. Library News Blog: Pads are now available for loan to Princeton University students, faculty and staff. [Clip] Borrowers can explore the features and applications of the tablet, along with selected popular fiction and non-fiction content (e-books, newspapers, magazines) purchased by the Library. Here’s a List of the Apps Loaded on the […]