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Vinyl record library opens in Seoul

In the South Korean capital Seoul, credit card company Hyundai Card has opened a library with more than 10,000 vinyl records available for the public to play on-site, reports the Vinyl Factory. The Music Library + Understage also houses 3000 vinyl-related books, every copy of Rolling Stone magazine ever published and a live music performance space to promote underground and indie musicians. Lee Mee-young, vice president of Hyundai Card’s brand division, said the company ‘wanted to provide Koreans with a valuable opportunity to experience a diverse range of masterpieces of music’. Hyundai Card has previously established two other libraries in Seoul: the Design Library in 2013 and the Travel Library in 2014.

Finnish sign language elibrary wins international accessibility award

The Finnish Association of the Deaf (FAD) has received a Jodi Award at a ceremony at the British Library last week for its Sign Language elibrary of Finland. The free online library, which ‘strengthens the identity of sign language users and brings Deaf culture to the fore’,  launched in 2014 with a collection of 250 filmed sign language versions of books and an online interface in Finnish and Swedish. The Jodi Awards are presented for ‘best use of technology to widen access to information, learning, collections and creativity for disabled people in museums, libraries, archives and heritage’. Other winners this year were The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and The Tales of One City team from Edinburgh Libraries for projects including accessible iPads and exhibition texts in braille.


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