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Arrests at a Kansas City Public Library event show how the lines blur when off-duty police work private security

“A patron and a library director face charges stemming from an event at the Kansas City Public Library in May.Jeremy Rothe-Kushel, a documentarian and activist who lives in Lawrence, asked provocative questions of a diplomat, who had just concluded a talk about U.S. presidents’ attitudes toward Israel. Kansas City, Missouri, police say they arrested Rothe-Kushel because he was disruptive. And Steven Woolfolk, the library’s director of programming and marketing, is charged with interfering with that arrest.” (via Kansas City Pitch)

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US, Cuba assessing efforts to save Hemingway artifacts

“Ernest Hemingway was a pack rat who saved everything. Fortunately for fans of the literary icon, U.S. and Cuban officials and scholars have been working together to preserve artifacts at his former estate in Cuba — items they say will help illuminate his colorful legacy.At a forum Wednesday at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, Hemingway experts from both countries underscored their determination to save the books, letters, fishing rods, mounted animal trophies and more that the acclaimed author left behind in Havana.” (via

Source: Associated Press)

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UNLV University Libraries receives NEH grant to continue newspaper preservation project

“The University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries has been awarded a $210,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue work on a project to digitize historical Nevada newspapers. The two-year grant is a continuation of funding for the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project, an extension of the National Digital Newspaper Program sponsored by NEH and the Library of Congress.” (via KTNV)

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No internet? No problem! Kiwix celebrates ten years of offline Wikipedia reading

“When your goal is to make the sum of all human knowledge available to everyone, how do you ensure that people can actually access it? For many Wikipedia readers around the world, the problem may be that internet access is either slow, censored, or even non-existent—and those with a limited phone plan know that using too much data can really hurt their monthly bill.These are exactly the kind of situations that Kiwix was meant to address: an open-source software that allows people to access a full copy of Wikipedia for offline reading. Wherever you are, wherever you go, you can have Wikipedia with you.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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Axiell acquires BiBer and becomes the largest privately-owned vendor for libraries in Europe

“Axiell, the leading vendor to public libraries in Europe and the market leader in Scandinavia, today announces its acquisition of BiBer GmbH, a full service provider to public libraries in Germany and Switzerland, offering Bibliothekssystems BIBDIA, an advanced hosting and library logistics solution. The acquisition extends Axiell’s presence in Germany and adds 160 customers with 230 branches to the 3,000 Scandinavian and UK library institutions that already use an Axiell solution.” (via Axiell Group)

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