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Salt Lake City Library Board selects new executive director

“Peter Bromberg has been named the executive director of the Salt Lake City Public Library.He comes to Salt Lake City from the Salt Lake County Library system, where he served as the associate director for public services.His resume also includes: associate director of Princeton (New Jersey) Public Library; and assistant director at the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative.” (via The Salt Lake Tribune)

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Google’s New App Brings Hundreds of Museums to Your Phone

“Not everyone can visit Sicily’s Valley of the Temples, home to some of the world’s oldest examples of classic Greek architecture. Nor can they view the soft colors of Claude Monet’s “Tiger Lilies” in person at Tokyo’s National Museum of Western Art. Despite being made for the masses, art and culture are often inaccessible. Google’s Cultural Institute wants to change that. In the past five years, the initiative has teamed up with more than 1,100 institutions to bring artwork, artifacts, and 360-degree museum tours online. This week, in an update to its Arts & Culture app, the company turns your phone into a powerful portal for accessing and experiencing that art.” (via WIRED)

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Toronto Public Library reveals its website searches in real time

“Bulletproof coffee, brain games for puppies, Donald Trump sucks.What do they all have in common?They’re all recent searches on the Toronto Public Library’s website.The library has developed a tool using Google analytics that pulls search topics into one spot and updates in real time, offering a fascinating glimpse into the city’s psyche — and a slightly addictive browser screen.” (via Metro News)

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British academics are moving from books to journals to share their scholarship

“British academics have shunned books and monographs in favor of journal articles over the past two decades, new analysis shows, in what appears to be further evidence that controversial journal impact factors are shaping research. The consulting group Digital Science looked at the forms of research academics have submitted to U.K. research assessments since 1992, and found a sharp reduction in books in favor of articles.” (via Inside Higher Education)

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EFF: Controversial copyright law unconstitutional

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the government to remove a controversial clause in a long-controversial copyright law.The digital liberties organization is suing to remove “anti-circumvention” restrictions from Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), long a thorn in civil libertarians’ craw.The DMCA was signed in 1998. Originally intended to protect the arts industries from online privacy, it included “anti-circumvention” provisions that prohibit breaking any digital safeguards that protected copyrights. For example, a user could no longer disable the copy protection on a video tape.” (via TheHill)

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