New app lets users check out Library materials with their phones

“The University of Chicago Library has launched a new mobile app, Checkout UChicago, that lets users check out Library materials using their phones or tablets.C heckout UChicago allows students, faculty members, staff, and others with borrowing privileges at the University of Chicago Library to scan an item’s barcode with their phone and instantly check it out to their Library account. Students with lockers and faculty members with studies in Regenstein will be able to check out materials and store them without having to bring them to Circulation.” (via The University of Chicago Library News)

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Columbia Public Library to allow concealed weapons indefinitely

“People carrying concealed weapons will be allowed in the Columbia Public Library indefinitely, though the library’s attorney is still reviewing the law in question.Marjorie Lewis, an attorney in Columbia, said by email Monday that “we are looking into the library weapons policy and will be giving our opinion to the (library’s) Board.” (via columbiamissourian.com)

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Reprints Desk deal with Copyright Licensing Agency

“Research Solutions has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Reprints Desk has partnered with The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), enhancing copyright compliance and providing quick look-up of permissions for Reprints Desk customers with a CLA copyright license. As part of the agreement, Reprints Desk has integrated CLA’s Check Permissions API into Article Galaxy Widget, the company’s bookmarklet for PubMed, Google Scholar and 70-plus other discovery websites.” (via Research Information)

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SF library begins campaign to support unauthorized immigrants

“The posters went up quietly. One taped in the window of the library’s main entrance. A cluster near the circulation desk. And even more tacked in the hallways of other branches.“All are welcome,” the yellow posters said, the words translated to five languages including Spanish and Arabic. A cluster of animated figures on the sign — their skin tones black, brown, olive and white — read books, played the piano and held a camera. Within the Main Library’s walls, all are welcome to get a card, to read, to surf the Internet and participate in programs, the sign said.” (via SFGate)

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In Gaza, first English-language library opens window to world

“Asserting that ‘freedom begins when one frees one’s mind,’ two Palestinian friends use Facebook to collect books from across the globe “Send us books in English, new or used,” says the 24-year-old reading enthusiast on his Facebook page. Abu Toha, like so many Gazans effectively trapped in the Palestinian enclave as a result of Israeli and Egyptian security restrictions, dreams of traveling.” (via Times of Israel)

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