Museums and libraries fight ‘alternative facts’ with a #DayofFacts

“First the National Parks went rogue, sharing climate change data on Twitter. Now museums and libraries have taken up arms — or at least typing fingers — to fight on behalf of facts. Using the hashtag #DayofFacts, more than 280 scientific and cultural institutions are devoting Friday to dropping 140-character truths on Twitter. Many of the facts seem pointedly political — like the National Museum of American Jewish History’s tweet about a George Washington letter affirming religious freedom in the country, or a placard held up in a video by Chicago’s Field Museum that stated “Climate change is accelerating the extinction of plants and animals.” (via The Washington Post)

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Authors And Illustrators Of Color Accounted For 22 Percent Of Children’s Books

“Two decades ago only about 9 percent of children’s books published in the U.S. were about people of color. Things have changed since then, but not by much.On Wednesday, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Education School revealed that in 2016, it counted 427 books written or illustrated by people of color, and 736 books about people of color out of about 3,400 books they analyzed. That adds up to 22 percent of children’s books.” (via NPR)

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Columbia library to revise gun signage after threat of lawsuit

“The Daniel Boone Regional Library board of trustees said Thursday night it would amend existing signs outside the library, which ban patrons from bringing firearms inside.Earlier in the day, an attorney representing Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch, R-Hallsville, said she would sue the library if it did not change the signs to acknowledge Missouri’s new concealed carry laws.” (via columbiamissourian.com)

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Kansas City Public Library has team dedicated to helping immigrants become citizens

“The Kansas City Public Library has a unique approach to helping those who are new to the city. Its Refugee and Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE) program is one of the only library teams in the country solely focused on the goal of connecting immigrants to resources, like prepping for the citizenship test. The library’s free citizenship preparation classes are fairly new. It is one of at least a dozen organizations in the metro that provides those services, but they say they saw a need within their patron base.” (via KSHB.com)

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Why university libraries must be transformed to survive in digital age

“Simeon Ananou, vice president for IT services and CIO at the State University of New York at Albany, has a vision for transforming university libraries in the digital age.Ananou’s imperative is that libraries must evolve from “book warehouses” — largely passive repositories of physical objects — to “information commons,” the locus for an array of digital services that can be accessed anytime, anywhere and on any device by students, faculty, researchers and other stakeholders.” (via edscoop.com)

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