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Kansas City Public Library has team dedicated to helping immigrants become citizens

“The Kansas City Public Library has a unique approach to helping those who are new to the city. Its Refugee and Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE) program is one of the only library teams in the country solely focused on the goal of connecting immigrants to resources, like prepping for the citizenship test. The library’s free citizenship preparation classes are fairly new. It is one of at least a dozen organizations in the metro that provides those services, but they say they saw a need within their patron base.” (via

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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

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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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