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Libraries and archives fear Feds may press them for more user data

“Chalk up another group concerned about privacy and data security issues: libraries and archives.This week, the San Francisco-based Internet Archive announced a drive to raise $5 million to set up a mirror repository of the entire internet and place it in Canada for safety.It turns out the nonprofit Internet Archive isn’t alone in taking action.” (via The Kansas City Star)

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ALA announces winners of the 2016 I Love My Librarian Award

“Today 10 librarians from across the country were honored with this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. The winning librarians were recognized for their exceptional contributions to transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. The librarians were selected from nearly 1,100 nominations submitted by the public detailing how their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries connected them to information, opportunities and critical technology to help improve the quality of their lives.” (via PR Newswire)

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Library of Congress, Digital Public Library of America To Form New Collaboration

“The Library of Congress today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Digital Public Library of America to become a “content hub partner” and will ultimately share a significant portion of its rich digital resources with DPLA’s database of digital content records.” (via Library of Congress)

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Libraries and Rural Broadband

“With just a little over 2,000 people in western Kansas’ Stanton County, you might be surprised there’s a library in the area. But the Stanton County Public Library is heavily used. If you went there after hours and looked on its outdoor patio, you might see people at the Anna Mae Lewis Outdoor Library using the Internet connectivity from the library’s network.As my team visited rural libraries in Kansas and Maine, we routinely saw parking lots and streets filled with patrons using Wi-Fi connections after hours” (via Benton Foundation)

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How Libraries Are Boldly Innovating to Meet the Needs of Changing Communities

“More than a decade ago, the city of Lafayette in the greater San Francisco Bay Area did some soul-searching about the fate of its library. With a population of just a little more than 25,000, the city had outgrown the tiny 1960s building within a decade. The library’s structure was falling apart, which was especially problematic in earthquake country. As the conversation about building a new library ramped up, Steve King, a longtime resident and small business economy researcher, wasn’t so sure a brick-and-mortar library was even needed — not with the Internet seemingly taking its place. The way he saw it, you could find much of the same information online as you could at the library — anytime, without even leaving the house.” (via

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