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NYPL to Close the Rose Main Reading Room For 6 Months

Rose ReadingThe New York Public Library will close off the famous Rose Main Reading Room for the next six months. This decision was made following an incident in May where a plaster rosette fell from the ceiling.

Here’s more from the Wall Street Journal: “The other spaces in the Stephen A. Schwarzman building will remain open. Services previously rendered in the reading room, such as book requests, will take place on the second floor’s central corridor. Rooms previously closed to the public will be opened and outfitted with seats and Wi-Fi, and tables and chairs will be added to rooms already open to the public.”

The Rose Reading Room has become a treasured space for New York City library patrons; it attracts approximately 2.3 million visits annually. A few years ago, Improv Everywhere staged a Ghostbusters themed prank there. Do you have a favorite public spot for reading?

Judge Rules Fair Use in Authors Guild Appeal in HathiTrust Case

hathitrustThe Authors Guild has lost its appeal in a case against digital book scanning service HathiTrust. The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the 2012 verdict that HathiTrust is allowed to provide digital access to books and a full text search database, determining the action fair use.

Publishers Weekly has more: “In its decision Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit upheld Baer’s fair use analysis, holding that the scanning of entire works for the purpose of creating a full‐text searchable database is “a quintessentially transformative use.” The court also held that scanning entire works—and, indeed creating multiple copies of those works—was also permissible.” Read more

NYPL Opens Pop-Up Exhibit in Honor of Maya Angelou

Maya AngelouThe New York Public Library (NYPL) is hosting a pop-up exhibit in honor of the late Maya Angelou.

According to the NYPL website, this exhibit has been installed in the lobby of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. It will run from May 30th to June 30th.

Back in 2010, Angelou donated hundreds of boxes filled with her personal papers to the NYPL. Many of the items sourced for this display comes from that donation. Visitors will see letters, handwritten notes, typed drafts of Angelou’s works, a portrait, and more. Will you be making a trip up to Harlem? (via Time Out New York)

OverDrive Expands With Japanese Partner

overdrive304Digital book distributor OverDrive has partnered with Japanese publisher aggregator MediaDo to bring more Japanese content to public libraries and school libraries worldwide. MediaDo has already gotten the right to distribute about 9,000 Japanese eBooks through OverDrive’s global network.

The partnership will bring manga and Japanese adult fiction titles to the OverDrive network. In addition, OverDrive’s 1 million+ eBook ad audiobook catalog and digital distribution platform will now be available in Japanese libraries and schools.

“We are honored to join MediaDo in forming OverDrive Japan,” explained Steve Potash, OverDrive’s CEO, in a statement. “Japanese content has proven popular throughout the world, and we are delighted to lead the world in making it available to libraries and schools around the world, initially in the Japanese language and ultimately in English and other languages via translation.”

Coldplay Fans Hunt for Lyrics Inside Libraries

coldplayColdplay (pictured, via) launched a library-themed scavenger hunt to reveal the lyrics of the nine songs featured on their forthcoming CD, “Ghost Stories.” The seven-time Grammy Award-winning band left sheets containing the lyrics, handwritten by lead vocalist Chris Martin, in libraries all over the world.

Clues have been shared on the official Coldplay twitter account with the hashtag #lyricshunt. Some of the hiding spots include the NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in New York City, the Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City, and the Rikhardinkatu Library in Helsinki. Each one was nestled inside the pages of a book. Thus far, fans have uncovered eight out of nine sheets.

Visit the Coldplay website to view scans of the lyrics sheets. The band unleashed the final clue at 8:08 a.m. EST. They also shared a blurry photo to go with it. We’ve embedded the two tweets below. Where do you think they hid the final sheet? (via The Gothamist)

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Stamford’s First Little Free Library On Kickstarter

Little Free LibrarySteven Wood hopes to raise $400 to install the first Little Free Library in Stamford, CT.

As is the case with other similar street libraries, this structure encourages people to “take a book, leave a book.” By constructing a Little Free Library, Wood hopes to deepen the sense of community with his neighborhood. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The finished project will look similar to the library that is pictured above. We will need to design and build this library from scratch. The library will hold enough space for approximately 20 or 30 books of various types for children and adults.”

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NYPL Reveals 2014-2015 Cullman Center Fellows

nypl logoThe New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has revealed its fellows for this coming fall.

The list includes fifteen writers including novelists, historians and non fiction writers. The novelists include: Keith Gessen, Ayana Mathis, Jordi Puntí, and Justin Torres. The historians include: Deborah Coen, Kim Phillips-Fein, and Steven Pincus.The non-fiction writers include: Jon Lee Anderson and Megan Marshall. The fellows were chosen from a group of 288 applications from 24 countries around the world.

“I am tremendously proud to welcome the Cullman Center’s new class of Fellows to The New York Public Library,” stated Tony Marx, NYPL’s President. “The Cullman Center offers these talented individuals access to our world-renowned collections within an environment that inspires and supports their exciting work. I congratulate the new Fellows and look forward to seeing the unique and creative ways they engage with our collections.”

NYPL Launches Book Recommendation Engine Online

nypl logoThe New York Public Library (NYPL) has introduced a book recommendation engine to help patrons discover books in its online catalog BiblioCommons based on their reading preferences.

The tool is powered by Zola Books’ Bookish Recommends an online social reading site. The tool uses an algorithm to suggest books based on characteristics. Book recommendations are based on tags, and each book can have dozens of attributes tagged. Readers can browse the online catalog and check out recommended books by clicking on a selected title to see which other titles are recommended.

“Discovering a new book is essential to further a love of reading. Working with Bookish, the Library is able to offer our users with a unique resource that supports their interests and fosters the joy of discovery,” stated Mary Lee Kennedy, NYPL’s Chief Library Officer.

 

Anne Frank Book Defaced in Tokyo

annefrankTokyo police have arrested a man for allegedly ripping the pages from a book related to Anne Frank at a Tokyo library.

The arrest comes at a time when hundreds of Frank books have been vandalized in libraries across the city.

TIME has the story: “Tokyo police said the man, 36, sneaked into a library on Feb. 5 and ripped pages from 23 Frank-related books, including at least one copy of the diary. Some of the ripped pages were found in a plastic bag at an unidentified house in Tokyo. Police said that the suspect admitted to ripping the pages out of the books, but that his motive was unclear. They did not release the suspect’s name.”

 

79% of the US Adult Population Are Engaged With Libraries: Pew

pewTen percent of the U.S. adult population can be categorized as library lovers, while 30 percent are highly engaged with public libraries, and an additional 39 percent have a medium level of engagement with libraries, according to new metrics from Pew Research Center.

Pew surveyed 6,224 Americans ages 16 and older (which is about three times larger than their usual surveys) to determine the public’s interest in libraries in the era of technology. Pew identified interest in libraries and information and grouped the population into the high engagement group, the medium engagement group, the low engagement group, the non-engagement group, and those totally off the grid,

Here is more about these groups from the report:

Broadly speaking, adults with higher levels of education and household income are more likely to use public libraries than those with lower household incomes and lower levels of education. However, among those who have used a library in the past year, adults living in lower-income households are morelikely to say various library services are very important to them and their familiesthan those living in higher-income households.

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