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Former copyright office head to run publishing trade group

“The former head of the U.S. Copyright Office, whose ouster last fall angered many in the arts world, has been chosen to lead the book publishers’ trade group.Maria A. Pallante will become president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, beginning next Wednesday. She will succeed Tom Allen, a former congressman from Maine, who is stepping down after nearly eight years. In announcing her appointment Thursday, AAP board chairman YS Chi called her “a creative, forward-thinking leader who has earned the deep respect of members of Congress as well as intellectual property experts around the world.” Pallante said in a statement she was “deeply inspired by the values of the American publishing industry.” (via AP)

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Philadelphia School District librarians: a species nearly extinct?

“How many full-time, certified librarians would you guess one of the nation’s largest school systems – a district with 220 schools and 134,000 students – employs?One hundred? Two hundred?Not even close. Eight certified, full-time school librarians staff Philadelphia School District buildings. A handful of others juggle library responsibilities with teaching classes. Many school libraries are closed entirely.” (Philly.com)

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PROJECT WILL DIGITIZE CATHOLIC RECORDS OF BOSTON ARCHDIOCESE

“Two of Boston’s most venerable institutions are teaming up to create an online database of hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholic Church documents to help people trace their family histories.The New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Archdiocese of Boston on Tuesday announced the project that was first talked about two years ago. It’s the first time a significant number of sacramental records from any U.S. diocese have been digitized on this scale, the organizations said.” (via The Associated Press)

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Wikimedia Foundation receives $3 million grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to make freely licensed images accessible and reusable across the web

“The Wikimedia Foundation, with a US$3,015,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is leading an effort to enable structured data on Wikimedia Commons, the world’s largest repository of freely licensed educational media. The project will support contributors’ efforts to integrate Commons’ media more readily into the rest of the web, making it easier for people and institutions to share, access, and reuse high-quality and free educational content.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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Wikipedia was born in 2001. And the world got a bit truthier

“Jan. 15, 2001?Sixteen years ago, while working on Nupedia, an online encyclopedia written by scholars, Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched a second free online encyclopedia that anyone could contribute to. Called Wikipedia, it didn’t initially attract much attention. It took about nine months before mainstream newspapers took note of it and only slightly longer for millions of students to start cribbing from it for school papers.” (via The Washington Post)

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