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    Libraries may digitize books without permission, EU top court rules

    by  • September 11, 2014 • Libraries, Politics & Law • 0 Comments

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    European libraries may digitize books and make them available at electronic reading points without first gaining consent of the copyright holder, the highest European Union court ruled Thursday. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in a case in which the Technical University of Darmstadt digitized a book published by German...

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    Eaton Collection Receives $3.5-Million

    by  • September 9, 2014 • Libraries • 0 Comments

    The Eaton Collection

    A few weeks ago it looked like the Eaton Science Fiction and Fantasy collection at UC Riverside might get shut down. Well, they’ve received a life-saving gift: The gift comes from the estate of Jay Kay Klein, who worked in advertising for General Electric and Carrier and had a passion for photography and science...

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    Setting the Record Straight on the Legality of Seed Libraries

    by  • September 8, 2014 • Libraries, Politics & Law • 0 Comments

    The seed library at the Potrero Hill branch Library

    After the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture cracked down on a seed bank in the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, hundreds of seed libraries in the U.S. are suddenly wondering if they are breaking the law. According to Pennsylvania regulators, in order to give out member-donated seeds, the Simpson Seed Library would...

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    The Smithsonian Wants You! (To Help Transcribe Its Collections)

    by  • September 8, 2014 • Libraries • 0 Comments

    Transcriptions of artists' letters, like the one above from Georgia O'Keeffe, will form the basis of a new book from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art called The Art of Handwriting. (Smithsonian Archives of American Art)

    Many myths surround the Smithsonian Institution’s archives—from legends of underground facilities hidden beneath the National Mall to rumors of secret archaeological excavations. One underlying truth persists amid these fallacies: the Institution’s archives are indeed massive. Preserving these collections in a digital age is a gargantuan task, especially when it comes to handwritten documents. Ink...

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    Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: RFID, Checkout Kiosks, Security Gates, and … a New Way to Check Out

    by  • August 27, 2014 • Libraries • 0 Comments

    David Lee King

    In May 2014, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library went through an RFID conversion process. In one week. While closed. But we didn’t stop there. We also installed self-check kiosks, replaced our security gates, retrofitted our automated materials handler, and gutted the circulation lobby at the same time. David explains what his library did...

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    Friday Video: The Library of the Future, Melanie Florencio

    by  • August 15, 2014 • Libraries • 0 Comments

    This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The introduction of a “Maker Space” at the Beaufort, SC public library system marks a transition for libraries where content is no longer simply absorbed, but also created.

    Originally from the Charleston, SC area, Melanie J. Florencio is a digital media lab instructor, adjunct art professor, and comic illustrator. She studied Sequential Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design for her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Post graduation in 2011, she taught art and design at two Charleston colleges while freelancing comic book projects. Currently, Melanie enjoys sharing her artistic knowledge and talents with the Beaufort County, SC community through demonstrations, workshops, and lectures for the public library system as well as adjuncting art classes online for the local colleges. (Published on Jun 11, 2014)

    Unpleasant Vibrators Need Not Apply

    by  • August 13, 2014 • Fun, Libraries • 0 Comments

    By Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

    From The Library Assistant’s Manual, a guide by Theodore Koch “issued on the occasion of the 61st annual meeting of the Michigan State Teachers’ Association, Ann Arbor, October 30–November 1, 1913.” Qualities that unfit one for library work in general are physical weakness, deformity, poor memory, a discontented disposition, egotism, a lack of system...

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