Category Archives: In the News

R.I.P. Maya Angelou

The author and poet Maya Angelou has passed away.
Author Maya Angelou dies at 86 in North Carolina (Huffington Post)
Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 (NPR)

Find the author’s works in CLAMS

 

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Award winner: Nobel Prize in Literature

Canadian author, Alice Munro, has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Read more about it here.

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Tom Clancy : in memoriam

Bestselling author Tom Clancy, creator of the Jack Ryan character, passed away earlier this month.  He was the author of The Hunt for Red October Clear and Present Danger and many other novels.   His forthcoming book, Command Authority is due to be published in December 2013. Find his titles in CLAMS. Tom Clancy: Remembering a Technothriller Master: Library Journal.

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The Digital Public Library of America launches

On April 18 The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launched a beta of its discovery portal and open platform.  Read the press release.

A search today for “cape cod”  returns 433 results – images, text, moving images.  It will grow.   Explore, have fun!  http://dp.la/

From The Digital Public Library of America website:
“The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used.

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Public libraries & the community

From Library Services in the Digital Age, a report released on January 22, 2013  by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project:
“The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans’ reading habits. In this changing landscape, public libraries are trying to adjust their services to these new realities while still serving the needs of
patrons who rely on more traditional resources. In a new survey of Americans’ attitudes and expectations for public libraries, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project finds that many library patrons are eager to see libraries’ digital services expand, yet also feel that print books
remain important in the digital age.”
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Takeaways from the Pew Research study on libraries
ALA President welcomes new Pew report on ‘Library Services in the Digital Age’

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