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    Arts

    Sweat with Miguel Rodríguez Sepúlveda

    Sept. 11, 2014, 1:16 p.m., Posted by laflor

    We all sweat. It's the body's way of cooling us down, especially on those lovely August days in Miami when there are no clouds in the sky and the sun can have its way with us. However, for Mexico City-based artist Miguel Rodríguez Sepúlveda, sweat serves a higher cultural purpose....

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    Highlights from September’s First Friday Gallery Crawl in the Southend

    Sept. 11, 2014, 1:07 p.m., Posted by kbalcerek

    Lark & Key. I am always delighted by the monthly exhibitions on view in the galleries of Charlotte’s Southend, and this past Frist Friday Gallery Crawl was the perfect chance to check them out. Ciel Gallery and Lark & Key on East Park Avenue were particularly...

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    Journalism

    Finding the sweet spot for libraries in the digital age

    Sept. 11, 2014, 11:53 a.m., Posted by Jill Bourne

    Photo: Kids at the San Jose Public Library. Source: San Jose Public Library on Flickr.com.

    Knight News Challenge: Libraries offers applicants a chance to share in $2.5 million by focusing on the question “How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?” Below, Jill Bourne, director of libraries for the city of San Jose, writes about the role of libraries in the digital age.

    There’s nothing so rewarding in this world as making stuff, especially stuff that makes you more free.

    –  “Little Brother,” Cory Doctorow

    The ability to engage freely and equitably with knowledge and with each other is critical for a democracy. It’s a belief long embodied in the work of our public libraries, which have provided everyone with access to information sources and a safe space to engage with and around those sources. Access begins with free speech and the right to make that speech available to others, but it doesn’t end there. When access is paired with the tools and skills for understanding and using that information, you build agency - the capacity of individuals to act independently and to make their own choices. This pairing of access + agency = a sweet spot for libraries.   

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