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Why university libraries must be transformed to survive in digital age

“Simeon Ananou, vice president for IT services and CIO at the State University of New York at Albany, has a vision for transforming university libraries in the digital age.Ananou’s imperative is that libraries must evolve from “book warehouses” — largely passive repositories of physical objects — to “information commons,” the locus for an array of digital services that can be accessed anytime, anywhere and on any device by students, faculty, researchers and other stakeholders.” (via edscoop.com)

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Internet Archive Offers to Host PACER Data

“On Tuesday, February 14, the U.S. Congress will hold the first hearings in over a decade examining the operation of the PACER system. The hearing will be before the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet of the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives. The Internet Archive was pleased to accept the committee’s invitation to submit a statement for the record and we have submitted the following, which includes an offer to host the PACER data now and forever to make the works of our federal courts more readily available to inform the citizenry and to further the effective and fair administration of justice.” (via Internet Archive)

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Publishers Still Fighting to Bury Universities, Libraries in Fees for Making Fair Use of Academic Excerpts

“On behalf of three national library associations, EFF today urged a federal appeals court for the second time to protect librarians’ and students’ rights to make fair use of excerpts from academic books and research.” (via Electronic Frontier Foundation)

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Move Over, Wikipedia. Dictionaries Are Hot Again

“In the hours after Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, was silenced by her Republican colleagues for “impugning” a fellow senator by reading aloud a letter Coretta Scott King had written that was critical of Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama (later confirmed as attorney general), thousands of Americans did what they always do: They tapped away at their phones. But they weren’t checking text messages or liking a photo on Facebook. They were thumbing through online dictionaries, looking for a definition of “impugn.” On Wednesday morning, the dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster posted on its website that searches on the word had surged.” (via The New York Times)

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS STORE REMOVES MISSPELLED TRUMP POSTER

“A poster of President Donald Trump that included a misspelling in a quote has been removed from the online store of the Library of Congress. The poster includes Trump’s quote, “No dream is too big, no challenge is to great. Nothing we want for the future is beyond our reach.” ”To” is misspelled in the first sentence. Twitter users quickly spotted the error over the weekend and the item was removed. An archived version of the listing is accessible through the Internet Archive website.” (via Associated Press)

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