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  • March 17, 2012
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From a D.R. Map Collection Blog Post: 1,596 new maps and images have been added to the David Rumsey Map Collection, bringing the online collection to 30,599 maps and images. Included in this addition is Bowles’ 1733 Geography Epitomiz’d, an early example of information visualization; Abraham Bradley’s 1805 Post Road Map of the United States;…

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  • March 16, 2012
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From Heritage Portal: An open-access visual archive of architecture and sculpture Gothic Past is an open-access visual archive of Irish medieval architecture and sculpture that showcases thousands of photographs and drawings of medieval Irish architecture and sculpture. The site was launched by the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast, on February 15, 2012….

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  • March 16, 2012
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Dquarium’s Bibliotech is an audio interview platform devoted to library topics. They just put up an interview with David Rothman, author-journalist-blogger and founder of TeleRead.com and Librarycity.org, who talks about ebooks, why Overdrive should sell itself to a library consortia, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) initiative, surviving Amazon’s surge and more. Aditionally, Dquarium…

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  • March 14, 2012
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via HeritagePortal.eu It is now possible to zoom into the intricate, breathtaking details of one of the most important works of art in the world, thanks to a newly completed website focused on the Ghent Altarpiece. A stunning and highly complex painting composed of separate oak panels, The Mystic Lamb of 1432 by Hubert and…

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  • March 13, 2012
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From an ALA Announcement: Author Scott Turow and US Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner discussed the future of authors, books, and libraries at the Newberry Library in Chicago February 22 at the first of the “Conversations at the Newberry” series created by National Public Radio’s Chicago affiliate WBEZ. Turow, currently in his second term as…

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  • March 13, 2012
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Penguin is doing everything it can to make ebooks unpalatable to libraries and their users.  By restricting transfers to usb this means that a reader can’t use the Kindle app on his iPhone, for example, to download and read a library book. From an article in the Washington County Cooperative Library Services website (blockquotes omitted):…

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  • March 13, 2012
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From Michael Kelley at Library Journal: The largest library network in California is going to adopt the pioneering ebook business model of Colorado’s Douglas County Libraries, which allows libraries to truly own, not rent, their ebooks. The San Mateo-based Califa Group, which brokers services and products for 220 multi-type library systems (1000 buildings), has seeded…

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  • March 12, 2012
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From The Boston Globe: Boston’s French Cultural Center has expanded access to its electronic library to Francophiles nationwide making it the first French language e-Library in the country. The Marlborough Street center had previously allowed only New England residents to access their e-Library of 550 eBooks and eAudiobooks, but the center has removed the geographic…

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  • March 10, 2012
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That’s the title of an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Here’s an excerpt: Google has been quietly slowing down its book-scanning work with partner libraries, according to librarians involved with the vast Google Books digitization project. But what that means for the company’s long-term investment in the work remains unclear. Google was not…

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  • March 9, 2012
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From the University of Chicago Library News: Digitized copies of a small selection of the Library’s 19th-century ethnographic maps and 19th-century European transportation maps are now available online. These newly digitized maps form a portion of the roughly 400 maps that are available via the Library’s Map Collection web page. [Clip] Most of these maps…