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‘Burbank in Focus’ database showcases archival photos of the city and its people

“Hundreds of historic photos depicting Burbank decades ago are now within one’s reach by just the click of a mouse. The Burbank Public Library launched its newest online database called “Burbank in Focus,” a digital archive of more than 800 photos, during a launch event at the Burbank Central Library last week.” (via LA Times)

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Harvard Is Digitizing Nearly 40 Million Pages Of Case Law So You Can Access It Online And For Free

“Not too long ago, a statement like this spoken in the hushed, hallowed hallways of the Harvard Law School library would have been considered heresy: “I think for court decisions, law books are becoming obsolete and even to some some degree a hindrance.”That’s Adam Ziegler, and he’s no heretic. He’s the managing director of the Library Innovation Lab at Harvard. Ziegler is leading a team of legal scholars and digital data workers in the lab’s Caselaw Access Project.” (via Bostonomix)

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$1-million donation will help needy students with their homework at L.A. libraries

“Thirty-eight branches of the Los Angeles Public Library that offer homework help to poor and homeless students will receive a boost from a $1-million donation.The gift from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, announced Tuesday, will create an endowment for the free after school homework centers, which offer students access to computers, printers and other devices they might not have at home, if they even have permanent homes.” (via LA Times)

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Gale Raises $25,000 to Support Flint Public Library and the Flint Community

“Gale, a Cengage Learning company, today announced it has raised $25,000 to support the education of children affected by the Flint water crisis. In partnership with United Way of Genesee County, the money raised will be donated to the Flint Public Library, the Genesee Intermediate School District and SKIP to a Great Start preschool programs. The United Way of Genesee County will handle allocation of the funds.” (via PR Newswire)

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Queens Library CEO May Proceed With Challenge to Firing

“The Queens Library’s former CEO and president, fired amid an investigation revealing that he and other officials spent $300,000 in library funds on rock concerts, alcohol and other prohibited expenses, may proceed with his lawsuit against the library, a federal judge has ruled.The library’s board of trustees fired Thomas Galante in December 2014 after months of media reports scrutinizing his pay and expenditures. Galante was fired for cause, depriving him of a $2 million severance package.” (via New York Law Journal)

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