The Huntington Library and the Value of International Research Communities

From The Good Men Project

” In an increasingly insular world, is it more important than ever to create international research communities? Doctoral Candidate Emily Vine reflects on her experiences as an AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellow at The Huntington Library in southern California.Travel abroad is an inherent part of many historical research projects. Some actively choose subject matters which necessitate prolonged periods of time as far away as possible from Mile End: they find global connections within their subjects, spend semesters in archives overseas, enrol in immersive language courses over the summer months.My research is about rituals of birth and death in early modern London. I had resigned myself to the fact that a lot of my material was, in fact, in London. I had not expected to have the opportunity to travel much further west than Kew.This was short-sighted of me. I’ve since realised, happily, that historical research offers the opportunity to be part of an international network of scholars and research institutions which are open even to us souls who study only British history.”

Ventura County libraries get ready to hit the road

From Ventura County Star

“The Ventura County Library bookmobile, which is scheduled to hit the road next year, will offer computers, Wi-Fi access, STEM technology, a 3D printer, books and more for those with limited or no access to library services.“This is very exciting because this will put the only bookmobile on the road in Ventura County,” said Ventura County Library Director Nancy Schram. “What this is going to enable us to do is partner with other libraries, schools, corporations and organizations throughout the county, and by doing that we can bring library services to community members of all ages who might not otherwise have access to them.”The bookmobile will also include reading materials for all ages in both English and Spanish.”

Anaheim: Grants Given for Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites

From LA.Com

” The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles and the Anaheim Public Library were awarded grants from the National Park Service to fund educational projects related to the detainment of Japanese Americans by the U.S. government during World War II, it was announced Wednesday.The NPS announced that more than $1.5 million in Japanese American Confinement Sites grants would be distributed throughout the country for educational, preservation and restoration projects.The projects will help tell the story of the more than 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens, who were imprisoned by the U.S. government following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.”

New Interactive ‘Light Wall’ Dazzles At Milpitas Library

From Milpitas Patch

“An Everbright wall display, recently installed at the Milpitas library, is proving educational and entertaining, according to the Santa Clara County Library District.The high-tech light wall, approximately 4 feet by 8 feet, has 476 dials and allows users to create images by adjusting each dial to whatever color they choose — making the design possibilities nearly endless, staff said.”This new community interactive wall allows our patrons to create designs in every color of the rainbow – plus the hues in-between,” said Nancy Howe, county librarian. “As a library system based in Silicon Valley, we strive to bring the latest technology to our libraries. Everbright promotes fun, learning and imagination, allowing our patrons to discover their creative side.”Everbright also makes an engaging, educational tool for young children as they touch and see color changes and pattern formations, and it is easy to use.”

Lake County Library wins grants from California State Library

From Lake County News

” The Lake County Library’s collection and programs will be enhanced as a result of the Library winning two competitive grants from the California State Library.
The first grant is $5,000 to purchase new books and media that expand the Lake County Library collection in the following statewide initiative areas: workforce development; veterans and their families; immigration, refugees, and diversity; mental health; and life over 50.The public is encouraged to check out these new books which will be on the Library shelves by the end of September.
The library will also receive up to $10,000 to purchase materials and equipment to establish library makerspaces.This second grant is a pilot project from the California State Library in collaboration with the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.Library spaces encourage Lake County youth to learn by being avid, engaged readers and proficient researchers.”

LA County Library Gets $3.3M Digital Upgrade from Microsoft

From SCV News

“The Los Angeles County Library has been awarded a $3.3 million software grant from Microsoft as part of a Digital Alliance agreement.Public access computers are one of the most popular services at LA County Library locations. Nearly 1 million customers used a public computer in the past three years to access information online, work on professional or recreational projects, conduct research, and complete homework assignments.Many communities are highly dependent on these computers, along with the free internet access and wi-fi offered at libraries.The grant will allow LA County Library to complete a system-wide software refresh to upgrade its operating system from Windows 7 to Windows 10, within the next year. With the software upgrade, customers will have the ability to utilize Microsoft Office 365, as well as additional tools to search and access information, like the Microsoft Edge browser and Bing search engine.
The Library will also be replacing many outdated computers with newer models and adding more RAM to slower machines, for a better computer user experience across all locations.”

Butte County Library announces fee amnesty in September

From Paradise Post

” The Butte County Library announced that it is offering community members a fee amnesty this September in honor of National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Throughout the month, library cardholders with outstanding library fees/fines and unreturned items can visit any local Butte County Library branch to have their fines forgiven.Currently, there are more than 3,300 Butte County Library cardholders with blocked accounts because they have more than $10 in fines for unreturned items, and nearly 30 percent of these blocked accounts are young people under the age of 18.”