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CheckItOut – Taylor Swift Parody Video for National Library Week

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LexisNexis Launches LexisNexis Newsdesk

“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, a leading provider of content and technology solutions, today announced the launch of LexisNexis® Newsdesk, a comprehensive media aggregation, monitoring and analytics solution enabling business, legal and information professionals to confidently find, analyze and share key insights about the company, industry and competitive environment of their business or client. LexisNexis Newsdesk comes to market as a result of the LexisNexis acquisition of Moreover Technologies last year. Since that transaction, LexisNexis has integrated its leading collection of licensed news and business information with the deep selection of news, open Web content, and analytical and distribution features from the Moreover Newsdesk solution. These resources are now delivered seamlessly through a single, easy-to-use interface that helps users quickly discover, review and disseminate vital information.” (via LexisNexis)

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New State of America’s Libraries Report finds shift in role of U.S. libraries

“According to The State of America’s Libraries Report released today by the American Library Association (ALA), academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life and research and cherished spaces. This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the ALA’s 2015 State of America’s Libraries Report, which became available during National Library Week, April 12 – 18.” (via ALA)

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US library group: Here are the 10 books receiving most complaints, most likely to be censored

“It turns out at least one part of publishing has a diverse slate of authors: The books most likely to be pulled from school and library shelves. The American Library Association on Monday released its annual list of the 10 books receiving the most complaints from parents, educators and others in the local community. Sherman Alexie’s prize-winning, autobiographical novel of school life, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” ranked No. 1, followed by Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel “Persepolis” and the picture book about two male penguins raising a baby penguin, Peter Parnell’s and Justin Richardson’s “And Tango Makes Three.” (via AP)

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Hoping to raise interest in books, public library opens school branch

“The kindergarten students sat in rows on a rainbow-colored carpet and listened to a story during a visit to their new school library. Then they did a reading cheer — “Read, Baby, Read!” — before they got to go “shopping” for books. Within a few minutes, the children at D.C. Prep Benning Public Charter School were lined up clutching books about Hot Wheels, princesses, pandas, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Curious George, Superman, and Pete the Cat, to name a few. The students usually select books in their classrooms, going through shelves or bins that are organized by reading level. But the Ward 7 school added 5,000 new books in March by opening a D.C. Public Library branch inside the school.” (via The Washington Post)

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Little Free Libraries popping up worldwide

“Since Liz Siegel and Greg Jacobs live two blocks from the Sulzer Regional Library in Lincoln Square, logic would dictate that there really is no need for their sidewalk kiosk stocked with free books for anyone. But there is. The couple is part of the Little Free Library movement, a grass-roots wave of people around the world who are dedicating time and money to maintaining a free-standing book exchange on their front lawns, all in the name of literacy and community building. “I love the conversations with strangers it sparked,” says Siegel, 46, a curator at the Art Institute of Chicago. She, her husband and two daughters will often sit on their porch and talk to strangers about the books they might leaf through. They’ve met neighbors they had never met in their many years living in Lincoln Square.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Pop-Up Library Constructed from 50,000 Books is Reader Haven

“Later this year, The Bay Area Book Festival will be home to Lacuna, the world’s first ever library made-up entirely of books. With over 50,000 books composing its walls and a thatch roof constructed from actual pages, the art project is meant to encourage dialogue and serve as a “catalyst for education.” (via PSFK)

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Library Funding is Behind the Times

“In Branches of Opportunity (2013), the Center for an Urban Future documented how New York’s seniors, immigrants, K-12 students and unemployed were using their public libraries, and how visits, book circulation and program attendance were skyrocketing in the age of the Internet. Every year, New York’s 207 public libraries greet more visitors than all of the city’s professional sports teams and Cultural Institutions Group members combined, but their increasing value to communities across the five boroughs has not been widely acknowledged by policymakers. Funding is still down considerably from just a few years ago, and library hours are still sharply curtailed, especially when compared to other libraries across the state and country.” (via Center for an Urban Future)

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BDSM and beheading videos: The evolving role of the librarian

“No job is without its perils, and for a college librarian today, one of those just might be having an associate dean overhear you explaining to a student how to create a more accurate BDSM scene for a photo shoot inspired by “Fifty Shades of Gray.” “So BDSM is all about control and in part humiliation, you might want to put a collar and a ball gag in her mouth,” I was explaining as the dean walked by. She stopped and looked at me.” (via The Washington Post)

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St. Louis Public Library has its own beer – and nine other facts you didn’t know about it

“As of its sesquicentennial year, the St. Louis Public Library boasts 17 neighborhood branches and more than two million annual visitors. To celebrate, it’s launched a website of historic images, “SLPL – Then and Now” and visitors can get commemorative library cards.

But to really mark its 150th anniversary, marketing director Cathy Heimberger said the literary institution wanted to get creative and show it’s “not your grandparents’ library.” So it’s partnering with three local eateries to create special, library-themed treats.” (via St. Louis Public Radio)

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