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King County Library Board to better represent diversity of region

“State legislation expanding the King County Library System (KCLS) board of trustees from five to seven members is awaiting Governor Inslee’s signature. House Bill 1281, sponsored by Washington State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, updates the board to better represent the growing and diverse population of those served by the library system. Metropolitan King County Council Chair Joe McDermott and Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn worked together with Representative Fitzgibbon to get the bill through the State Legislature.” (via King County)

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U-M’s new Orson Welles acquisition from his daughter reveals never-before-seen work 

“A new set of materials from Beatrice Welles will make the University of Michigan Library’s Orson Welles collection the world’s most comprehensive resource for Welles scholars and fans.The daughter of renowned indie filmmaker Orson Welles and Italian actress Paola Mori, Beatrice Welles had a particularly extraordinary childhood. She was brought up jetsetting to different countries, playing on various film sets, interacting mostly with adults (her parents and their friends), and falling asleep to the rhythmic sounds of her father working on his typewriter late into every night.” (via University of Michigan News)

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Wikipedia co-founder launches project to fight fake news

“Jimmy Wales is hoping the formula that made Wikipedia popular will have the same effect for battling fake news stories online. The Wikipedia co-founder is launching “Wikitribune,” an open collaboration featuring professional and community journalists as well as other contributors creating fact-checked stories for the web. The new site seemingly is going to be different than WikiNews, the Wikimedia Foundation’s free longtime crowdsourced news site. A crowdfunding campaign on Wikitribune’s page Monday said enough money has already been raised to hire at least five journalists.” (via CNET)

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Sask. government reverses funding cut to libraries

“The Saskatchewan government is reversing funding cuts to libraries in last month’s provincial budget. On Monday, the government announced it will be restoring funding for provincial libraries to 2016-17 funding levels to keep regional and municipal libraries and interlibrary loans operational. “There were many necessary, difficult decisions taken in this budget, however the reductions in library funding without giving libraries the tools to meet the new challenge was (a) mistake,” Education Minister Don Morgan said in a news release.” (via ctvnews.com)

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NEH awards leading San Francisco institutions $315,000 to digitize AIDS archives

“The Archives and Special Collections department of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Library, in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society, has been awarded a $315,000 implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The collaborating institutions will digitize about 127,000 pages from 49 archival collections related to the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area and make them widely accessible to the public online.” (via SFPL)

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