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"A great place to be alone together.", the 53rd St. Library Opens|NYTimes.com


It's back and beautiful and open on Saturdays. The funding for this branch fell victim to the '08 crash.

And it rises again, alive and in time with the rhythm of the City with a Teen Space to die for, a Computer Bar and a ‎Meeting Room that holds 120.

Oh, and food is allowed... in certain spaces!
I can't wait to check this out.

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ScrnGrbCrds: ‎NYTimes

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We have a new blue!


The colour Blue makes history, again.
Yttrium, Indium, Manganese‎ (Oxide), heated to 2,000F and mixed w/ chemicals resulted in an unintended vivid blue pigment called 'YInMn'. 

Scientists at Oregon State University discovered YInMn in experiments "related to electronics" in 2009. It has now been licensed for commercial use.

Blue pigment has been a precious commodity for millennia. This one, 'YInMn' doesn't fade in oil or water and "reflects a large amount of infrared light" making it a possible product to develop for energy efficiency uses.

Here is the site where you can read more about this quiet but game changing discovery:

For more information about how The Colour Blue influenced economies and cultural exchanges throughout human history, ‎take a look at this paper from the University of Minnesota by Anne Mattson. It will help you understand the importance of this beautiful, unexpected, present day scientific discovery.

ScrnGrbCrd: techinsider

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Ancient Roman Waxed Writing Tablets Unearthed in Central London|MOLA.org


‎Archeology ... Architecture in Reverse. 

Because we love London.
Because my great grandfather was a cooper.
Because Bloomberg is doing this because he can afford to. 
So what if we can't ever afford to visit Londinio again!

http://www.mola.org.uk/blog/archaeological-research-britain ’s-oldest-hand-written-documents-released

‎ScrnGrbCrd: MOLA & hyperallerigic.com

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Robert Dawson's Photographic Record of America's Libraries | Library of Congress Blog


‎In the summers between 1994 and 2015 Robert Dawson traveled 48 states and DC, preserving in a photographic record 526 of the 16,536 public libraries that serve this country in any and all ways imaginable at every scale with all means available.

I particularly like the comments left on the LofC site: people in this country love their libraries!

Mr. Dawson called his photographic collection "The Public Library: An American Commons". 

His book titled, "The American Library, A Photographic Essay" with a foreword by Bill Moyers, is published by Princeton Architectural Press. In the future, this historic work will be available for all to see on the Library of Congress' website.

‎http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2016/06/lcm-diversity-of-the-american-library/?utm_content=bufferf76e3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Here is the link to Robert Dawson's site showing more of his extraordinary photographs and large scale projects.

PhotoCred: Robert Dawson, Public Library Service Collection ; Library of Congress

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Poem commemorates New Library in Sandy Hook|School Library Journal


The people of Sandy Hook, CT are ‎opening their new school.

Ms. Clement-Carlson has written a poem to commemorate this act of faith and hope that lives on in all of the people there, who are dedicating their lives to making sense of their shared grief and resolve.

Our hearts are with you.

ScrnGrbCred: SLJ

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Alberta & Saskatchewan Catch-up on Green Energy Spending | CBC


This news will help spur R&D in new energy delivery sources with a great result: now even more librarians will have the opportunity to design excellent libraries and incorporate into their budgets cost effective and efficient sources of energy. 

Responsible design coupled with environmental stewardship is our touchstone in all things design related.

Just this morning, in our webinar presentation for librarians in the APPL Program with SOLS http://www.sols.org/ we discussed the importance of including alternative energy use into ‎library design.

Government policy strongly supporting alternative energy investment and development is a boon to companies ready to invest and develop renewable resources and related business. ‎

Ontario has taken the lead. Now the Prairie provinces , with all that wide open sky, are committed to taking up the mantel of responsible energy development leadership.‎ Good news and none too soon!

ScrnGrbCrd: cbc.ca

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ARTNAUKA ~ Art Through Chemistry | BLOUIN ARTINFO


Science disguised as art. Brillant imaginative minds show us what elements "look" like.

Russian scientists take it to the streets and public spaces with their special brand of performance art.

The link within this one is in Russian‎ but the photos demonstrate their work and purpose beautifully. 

The stories behind the creation of their photos are as interesting as the work itself of course.

ScrnGrbCred: blouimartinfo.com‎ and AETNAUKA 

( Nauka means science in Russian)

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Now where do we go?

Since the Towers fell in NYC; since I worked at a maximum prison; since my mother thought me how to carry my keys - points out - in my hand when walking to my car; I have thought a lot about my personal safety and what I would do, could do, "should anything happen".

Well "anything" happens all the time now. We are none of us as safe as we imagined we were yesterday or last year. After Orland_ Spaces

Tomorrow we present a Webinar for the Southern Ontario Library Service for librarians who are developing their management skills.  In it we talk about "The 3rd Place" and "The Commons" with respect to how librarians are providing space in their libraries for individuals in their communities so that they feel like they are a part of their physical community - not just the on-line one we are becoming so used to. 

Librarians are on the forefront of societal change especially concerning how we interact and how we find our place in our community.

In light of this article from the Atlantic - CITYLAB, our message rings both sickeningly hollow and loudly. 

How can we go into a public space and feel safe? Meeting stairs searsHow are these violent actions that are happening globally and involving our physical safety, affecting our behaviour in our cities, towns and in our libraries?

Indeed.

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