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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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Museums in the Age of Social

“When Americans stood in line for hours to see King Tut in the 1970s, a new kind of museum exhibition took hold: the blockbuster. Featuring spectacular artifacts from the tomb of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh, the “Treasures of Tutankhamun” traveled to six cities across the United States between November 1976 and April 1979, and drew millions of people into museums, many for the first time.” (via NEH)

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The Boston Public Library has a new president

“The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees selected a new president on Saturday, according to a statement from the library. Jill Bourne, city librarian at the San Jose Public Library, was chosen by the trustees in a unanimous vote, according to the Globe. “Jill Bourne brings new ideas, innovation, and deep experience in urban libraries to the role – from working as a children’s librarian to managing a library system,” Robert Gallery, chair of the board, said in a statement.” (via Boston.com)

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Unemployed Detroit Residents Are Trapped by a Digital Divide

“In downtown Detroit, start-ups and luxury retailers are opening up and new office buildings are being built as the city works to recover from its deep economic problems. Six miles to the north, in the neighborhood of Hope Village, residents like Eric Hill are trying to participate in that progress but are running into hurdles. His difficulties were apparent on a recent Tuesday when he crowded into the public library to use the computers to look for a new job. With no Internet service at home or on his mobile phone, Mr. Hill had few options to search work listings or file online job applications after losing his stocking job at a pharmacy five months ago.” (via The New York Times)

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Retro video games invade space at university libraries

“On the third floor of a University of Calgary building, a classic composition echoes through the halls, not Beethoven or Bach but Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. circa 1985.Old video games are disrupting the university’s ultramodern digital library.At universities across Canada, Super Mario Bros. and other games are infringing on Shakespeare’s turf, as games from the past begin to be studied as well as played.” (via CBC News)

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The Delicate Task Of Restoring One Of The World’s Oldest Libraries

“The copper craft makers in Seffarin Square in the historic district of Fez, Morocco, bang out designs on platters and shape copper pots to a rhythm. Called the medina, neighborhood streets lined with domes and archways take you back through the history of the dynasties and occupiers that ruled Morocco from the 9th century on. At the center of the square is the Qarawiyyin Library, founded more than a millennium ago.” (via KUOW)

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Ex Libris Expands Its Operations and Increases Its Investment in the Spanish Market 

“Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that it is increasing its investment in the Spanish market and has reached an agreement with its Barcelona-based partner, GreenData, that will see Ex Libris playing a direct role in the Spanish market.” (via Ex Libris)

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