Android app now offers new ways to browse Wikipedia and find trending, recommended articles

“Wikipedia has been there for the past fifteen years when you needed to search a quick fact, research a topic, or settle a bet. But what about when you’re looking for something interesting to read on the metro, or have a few minutes to browse while you’re on break? The Wikipedia app for Android has been redesigned to not only help you find the information you need now, but also to provide interesting, recommended Wikipedia content to dive into when you have a bit of spare time.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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Temple University Libraries wins a 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries award

“Chad Nelson, a senior digital library applications developer for Temple University Libraries, is a big fan of OpenDataPhilly, a community-run information portal of open data about Philadelphia. But sometimes he runs into a problem.“I often use it when teaching classes on software and mapping tools,” said Nelson. “More than once, I have been halfway through a project and the dataset I was using disappeared.” (via Temple Now)

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‘Extremist’ books remained in jail libraries despite warning

“Five books regarded as “extremist” by the Prison Service remained in jail libraries in England and Wales for seven months after a review called for their removal, the BBC has learnt.Two of the authors are seen as having inspired jihadists in the Arab world.Extremism academic Dr Chetan Bhatt said the presence of these books within prison libraries was “worrying”.The government said the texts had been identified as part of the Acheson review into extremism in prisons.” (via BBC News)

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Sag Harbor’s Library Opens a New Chapter

“The library in Sag Harbor has always functioned as more than a place to store books.From its start in 1910, the John Jermain Memorial Library has been a cultural and community center in the former whaling village on the East End of Long Island. The first library director, Olive Pratt Young, offered English classes for immigrant workers. She bought a Victrola and held music nights in the building’s grand rotunda.Last weekend, the building, designed in the Classical Revival style, reopened after a four-year restoration and expansion with its missions intact. The finished product illuminates Sag Harbor’s past while embracing the modern role libraries play in their communities.” (via WSJ)

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Obama chooses historic Jackson Park as library site

“President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have selected historic Jackson Park, just east of the University of Chicago , as the site for the Obama Presidential Center, a source confirmed Wednesday. A formal announcement is expected next week.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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