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Libraries feel the eBook pinch

“The book worm has turned. Local libraries are making noise about eBook prices, saying that they pay multinational publishers up to five times more than average consumers do for the same titles. And libraries — including ones in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Vancouver — say they’d like things to change, so that they can pay according to their size and needs, rather than using the current one-size-fits-all model.” (via Toronto Star)

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New Email Alerts and RSS Feeds on Congress.gov

“Last year’s most viewed new post on In Custodia Legis was Legislation Email Alerts on Congress.gov.  The email alerts are an excellent addition to the system that allow you to track a specific piece of legislation, what a Member of Congress is sponsoring and cosponsoring, and when the next issue of the Congressional Record is available.Building on those email alerts, there is now an additional set of email alerts and the first RSS feeds that you can subscribe to from Congress.gov.” (via In Custodia Legis)

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EBSCO Information Services Expands its Resources on Asia with Release of the Bibliography of Asian Studies

“The Bibliography of Asian Studies™ (BAS), an authoritative resource for research and scholarly literature on East, Southeast and South Asia, is now available from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). The Bibliography of Asian Studies is produced by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) which partnered with EBSCO in early 2016 as the provider of BAS. The resource is accessible via the EBSCOhost® platform and contains nearly 900,000 records for articles published worldwide from 1971 to the present.” (via EBSCO)

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Mayor restores additional cut to Hartford libraries

“The Hartford Public Library won’t face $393,000 in additional budget cuts in the coming fiscal year after Mayor Luke Bronin used a line-item veto restore funding.Bronin announced his veto Friday, following the city council reducing his originally proposed budget by approximately $5 million, including the cuts to the library, which already faces a $354,000 cut under Bronin’s budget.” (via HartfordBusiness.com)

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Axiell acquires Mobydoc and solidifies position as number one in collections management

“Axiell, the number one supplier of collections management solutions globally, today announces the acquisition of Mobydoc, the market leader for French museums, particularly national museums. The acquisition brings together Axiell’s global resources and experience within Archives, Libraries and Museums (ALM) with the solid position that Mobydoc has held in the French market for over 20 years. The move creates an organization that will be able to continue to serve French museums with market leading solutions and services, now and in the future.” (via Axiell)

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Hollywood films drive Australian library book tastes

“Hollywood is driving library borrowing habits like never before – and Australian authors without film-book tie-ins are struggling to find a mass readership.With the film version starring Emily Blunt soon to be released, British writer Paula Hawkins’ novel of a vanished wife, The Girl on the Train, has topped the list of most borrowed library books in Australia and New Zealand for the past 12 months.Overseas crime thrillers from James Patterson, Patricia Cornwall, John Grisham and four from Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series also dominated the top 20 list of best borrowed books.” (via SMH)

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Mexican-American textbook stirs cultural debate in Texas

“A textbook proposed to help teach the cultural history of Mexican-Americans in Texas public schools is under scrutiny by scholars, some of whom decry the effort as racist and not a reflection of serious academic study.The textbook, titled “Mexican American Heritage,” describes Mexican-Americans as people who “adopted a revolutionary narrative that opposed Western civilization and wanted to destroy this society.” It also links Mexican-Americans to undocumented immigrants, saying illegal immigration has “caused a number of economic and security problems” in the U.S. that include “poverty, drugs, crime, non-assimilation, and exploitation” (via AP)

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Pound Ridge Library director accused of inflating stats

“In this tranquil corner of Westchester County, a noisy controversy is coming from, of all places, the public library.Director Marilyn Tinter, who has worked for 40 years at the library in the town of 5,000-plus residents, has been suspended with pay for what is a $97,237-per-year position.The Library Board of Trustees made several allegations — the subject of an ongoing hearing — including that Tinter allegedly inflated circulation statistics by having an employee or employees check books out of and back into the library.” (via LoHud)

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Libraries stand firm in support of GLBT books

“In a year when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) communities are facing divisive “religious freedom” and “bathroom privacy” legislation, libraries are working against legislating discrimination by fostering acceptance through the power of books.  The American Library Association (ALA), and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2016 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and books that reflect the GLBT experience.” (via ALA)

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Lexis for Microsoft Office Wins SIIA Business Technology CODiE Award

“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, a leading global provider of content and technology solutions, today announced that it received the prestigious 2016 SIIA CODiE Award in the “Best Solution for Integrating Content into Workflow” category for Lexis for Microsoft Office, the market-leading legal drafting and review tool. This award recognizes Lexis® for Microsoft Office® as an innovative solution that integrates tools and resources for legal research, discovery, analysis and argument with the Microsoft® Word and Outlook applications legal professionals use every day—delivering a seamless user experience and significant productivity benefits.” (via LexisNexis)

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