Sarah Glassmeyer: Opening a window on closed data

“Sarah Glassmeyer has spent the past year as a research fellow at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, studying how government publishes law. And how little is available to the taxpayers who finance it.Her work includes a census of 50 state regulation websites and 105 court websites. And her study found at least 14 barriers to accessing legal information, including how the information is stored and cataloged and the availability of bulk downloads.” (via ABA Journal)

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Library officials say no to graphic version of Clinton book

“Stirring up a bit of a ruckus, Alachua County library officials have rejected a request to add a new book to its shelves. The collections department, which buys books for the library, decided to not buy “Clinton Cash: A Graphic Novel,” a book about alleged corruption by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. Resident Ann Lhota said she requested the book when it reached the top spot on the New York Times Bestseller List for graphic novels. Lhota believes the library’s decision is political.” (via Gainsville Sun)

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Apple targets historic Carnegie Library for downtown flagship store

“Representatives from Apple have proposed opening a flagship store and events center in one of the District’s most prominent and historic buildings, the Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square. Negotiations between the company and the District’s quasi-independent conventions agency, Events DC, began earlier this year after the group began seeking ideas for re-use of the 113-year-old building, according to officials involved in the discussions.” (via The Washington Post)

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Afghan Officials Receive Digitized Cultural Treasures

“The Library of Congress has completed a three-year project, financed by Carnegie Corporation of New York, to digitize holdings of the Library of Congress relating to the culture and history of Afghanistan, for use by that nation’s cultural and educational institutions.Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, joined by Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian, presented hard drives containing more than 163,000 pages of documents to the Afghan Minister of Information and Culture, Abdul Bari Jahani, and to Abdul Wahid Wafa, Executive Director of the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University.” (via Library of Congress)

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Rutgers University Libraries Launch Open and Affordable Textbook Project to Provide Relief for Soaring Textbook Costs

“The sticker shock of buying college textbooks is a rite of passage for new and returning students at the beginning of each semester at Rutgers University. According to NJPIRG, students at New Jersey’s flagship university pay an average of $1500.00 for textbooks each year, nearly 15% more than the national average $1300.00. These costs force students to make tough decisions: seven out of ten report that they skip required textbooks due to cost and nearly 60% wait for financial aid to pay for textbooks.” (via Rutgers University Libraries)

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