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v18 #6 Libraries on the Move

LYRASIS has been awarded a grant of $265,000 from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to provide preservation programming for humanities collections and resources held within its membership region.  Funds will support a two-year project that begins July 2014 and will include education, training, consulting and information resources aimed at raising awareness of issues in preservation as well as improving planning and practices for member libraries and other cultural heritage organizations.  Of note, the grant award marks the 30 year anniversary of the original preservation field services program which began in January 1985 as a part of SOLINET and has run continuously since then.  More information available at https://www.lyrasis.org/.

The New York Public Library has announced a partnership with Coursera, a leading provider of MOOCs (massive open online courses) offering free online education.  As part of their agreement, NYPL will support popular programs within Coursera’s curriculum utilizing their Learning Hubs program.  Several NYPL branches, including those in Manhattan and the Bronx, will provide users with weekly in-person class discussions with trained facilitators, in addition to Internet and WIFI access.  The programs will begin this summer.  Read more at http://www.nypl.org/press/press-release/april-30-2014/new-york-public-library-opens-doors-coursera-students.

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