Saratoga Springs PL Wins Green Business Partnership Award, NYPL for the Performing Arts Acquires Trisha Brown Archives, UC San Diego Library Recreates Syria's Temple of Bel, and More News Briefs

Saratoga Springs Public Library picked up a Green Business Partnership Transportation Award for modeling green alternatives to driving, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Jerome Robbins Dance Division has acquired dancer Trisha Brown's Archives, and the University of California–San Diego Library has digitally reconstructed the ancient Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria , destroyed in 2015 during the Syrian civil war, and more News Briefs.

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Image from Opal Loop (1980)
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The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Jerome Robbins Dance Division has acquired the Trisha Brown Archives—materials related to the groundbreaking dancer and choreographer's life and career, as well as the working papers of her still-active company, the Trisha Brown Dance Company; the archives include correspondence, collaborator contracts, cue sheets, lighting plans, costume specifications, music scores, and recorded materials that document both rehearsals and performances spanning Brown's career.

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced plans to award nearly $2 million to small and rural libraries in 2020 and 2021. Through Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, up to 650 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment.

Bucks County Free Library, PA, is the first consortium to sign on to implement OCLC Wise, a holistic system that combines customer relationship management, marketing, and analytics with integrated library system (ILS) functionality, such as circulation and acquisitions.

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Saratoga Springs PL director Ike Pulver

The Green Business Partnership (GBP), a sustainability certification program founded by the Business Council of Westchester in partnership with Westchester County and Green Team Spirit LLC, recently honored Saratoga Springs Public Library, NY, at its 10th Annual Green Business Partnership Awards. The library received GBP’s Transportation Award for helping the local community deal with parking and traffic challenges, and for modeling green alternatives to driving by encouraging staff to bike or walk when possible and participating in the Bike to Work Day Challenge each year.

Independent Publishers Group (IPG) is thrilled to announce the print and digital book distribution of six new publishers in IPG Midpoint and IPG Small Press, effective this year: Fidelis Publishing, Context Productions, taotime verlag Kirkton, Night Heron Media, and BiblioKid.

On September 24, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced $13,800,000 in IMLS CARES Act Grants to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The funded projects were selected from 1,701 applications requesting $409,251,399, and institutions receiving awards are matching them with $1,753,470 in non-federal funds.

The Little Free Library (LFL) nonprofit organization and Austin, TX–based literary startup Literati have announced a new partnership that will increase access to books for children in Austin. Literati is sponsoring five special-edition LFL boxes full of books and donating gently-used books to existing LFL stewards in the Austin area.

LYRASIS, a global nonprofit membership organization providing technology and content solutions for libraries, museums, archives, and research communities, and Columbia University Libraries’ Copyright Advisory Services are joining forces to pilot a new Virtual Copyright Education Center. This pilot will introduce a robust progressive curriculum designed to enable cultural heritage professionals to move beyond a basic understanding of copyright.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Virginia Tech a planning grant to work with the National Archives and Records Administration and a number of universities nationwide to understand the opportunity for using artificial intelligence (AI) to search digital records. The grant will enable a two-day workshop in which Virginia Tech librarians, archivists, and humanities faculty researchers will join with deep subject experts in the fields of digital libraries, machine learning, archives, information retrieval, document analysis, natural language processing, computational linguistics, and deep learning to explore the application of AI and machine learning to help ensure public and scholarly access to the large-scale collection of government records at the National Archives.Three public libraries have been selected to receive OCLC Community Engagement Awards for outstanding programs that have transformed lives in the communities they serve: Orlando Children's Business Fair, Orange County Library System, FL; Project BRIDGE: Building Relationships In Diverse Generational Experiences, Jackson District Library, MI; and Welcome Baby, Edmonton Public Library, Canada. Each library will receive $5,000 to help continue their outstanding efforts.

On August 20 the University of California–San Diego Library announced its successful digital reconstruction of the ancient Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, which was destroyed in 2015 during the Syrian civil war. The Library’s Digital Media Lab has recreated the site using cutting-edge technology and artificial intelligence applications, resulting in the digital preservation of more than a dozen lost reliefs, sculptures, frescos and paintings.

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Lisa Peet is News Editor for Library Journal.

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