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Portraits Of Librarians Celebrate America’s Bookish Unsung Heroes

“Librarians hold a deceptively humble, yet powerful, role: Whether you’re a young child or an adult, a new student or an erudite academic, they offer guidance to rich worlds of literacy and scholarship. Librarians are on the front lines, putting a friendly face to the idea of book love and helping millions of Americans get the resources, encouragement and support they need to become avid readers. Who our librarians are, then, actually matters a great deal. In Kyle Cassidy’s new book This Is What a Librarian Looks Like, the photographer reveals portraits of hundreds of librarians, sharing both their sunny faces and their thoughts on the value of libraries. The result: a colorful tapestry of men and women of all ages, races and ethnicity, some dressed conservatively and some with tattoos and brightly dyed hair, but all bursting with smiles and enthusiasm for their life missions.” (via HuffPost)

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Library [Of Congress] Offers Largest Release of Digital Catalog Records in History

“The Library of Congress announced today that it is making 25 million records in its online catalog available for free bulk download at loc.gov/cds/products/marcDist.php. This is the largest release of digital records in the Library’s history. The records also will be easily accessible at data.gov, the open-government website hosted by the General Services Administration (GSA). Until now, these bibliographic records have only been available individually or through a paid subscription.” (via Library of Congress)

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Transgender lawsuit settled, Cincinnati Public Library now covers transgender surgery

“Rachel Dovel didn’t mean to become a crusader for transgender rights. But the library employee found herself cast in that role last year when the library’s health insurance refused to pay for her gender confirmation surgery – and the library’s board wouldn’t budge.She underwent surgery in December – and Monday she and her legal team announced she settled a lawsuit against the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County” (via Cincinnati.com)

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Upsetting The Applecart Of Legal Research

“If you had to pick the most staid area of legal technology, you might choose legal research. After all, Westlaw and LexisNexis pretty much set the standard for online legal research long ago, and many of the smaller research services that have come along since are essentially less-comprehensive variations on the same theme.” (via Above the Law)

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Axiell launches Digital Asset Management solution for museums and archives

“Axiell, the leading vendor globally of collections management software to archives, libraries and museums, today announces Axiell DAMS, a new system which is designed to efficiently manage the digital assets within an institution. The solution ensures that marketing, communication and public engagement departments can easily leverage their digital assets for marketing and promotional purposes, while maintaining quality and control over the assets. This new solution has been developed to ensure that the wealth of digital media that is being curated and managed by the collections department is easily accessible throughout the whole institution.” (via Axiell Group)

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