SF library begins campaign to support unauthorized immigrants

“The posters went up quietly. One taped in the window of the library’s main entrance. A cluster near the circulation desk. And even more tacked in the hallways of other branches.“All are welcome,” the yellow posters said, the words translated to five languages including Spanish and Arabic. A cluster of animated figures on the sign — their skin tones black, brown, olive and white — read books, played the piano and held a camera. Within the Main Library’s walls, all are welcome to get a card, to read, to surf the Internet and participate in programs, the sign said.” (via SFGate)

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In Gaza, first English-language library opens window to world

“Asserting that ‘freedom begins when one frees one’s mind,’ two Palestinian friends use Facebook to collect books from across the globe “Send us books in English, new or used,” says the 24-year-old reading enthusiast on his Facebook page. Abu Toha, like so many Gazans effectively trapped in the Palestinian enclave as a result of Israeli and Egyptian security restrictions, dreams of traveling.” (via Times of Israel)

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Senate bill would require library in every Nevada school

“Every school in Nevada would be required to establish and maintain a library — with a dedicated librarian — under a proposal presented to the Senate education committee.Sen. Becky Harris, R-Las Vegas, introduced Senate Bill 143 Thursday, which also mandates a librarian on staff because “a collection of books is not enough,” she said.In Clark County alone, six high schools, eight middle schools and 27 elementary schools do not have a licensed librarian on staff as of December 2016, said Susan Slykerman, the librarian at Silverado High School and president of the Clark County School Librarians Association.” (via Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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Jeffco library scrubs tweets after getting complaints that posts are politically biased

“The head of the Jefferson County Public Library this month deleted a series of tweets from the library’s Twitter account after a county commissioner complained they were politically biased. That has people in the county talking about the role of libraries as repositories of free expression and the unfettered exchange of ideas — and whether that mission could be jeopardized by the specter of online censorship.” (via Denver Post)

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UB librarians discuss how fake news creates a cycle of misinformation

“When Cynthia Tysick sees a news story on social media, she diligently fact-checks it on Snopes and PolitiFact.“I’ve suddenly become the fact-checking guru on my Facebook feed,” Tysick, head of UB Educational Services said. “People are not happy with me, but it’s a service I bring.”Tysick and her colleagues in UB Libraries feel students should have the ability to filter out real news from fake news. Fake news websites shell out dishonest and misleading information disguised as actual news, leaving many unable to tell the real from the fake. President Donald Trump has also blasted mainstream news organizations like CNN and The New York Times, calling them untrustworthy fake news organizations.” (via The Spectrum)

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