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Nearly 8 in 10 Americans Have Access to High-Speed Internet

“An estimated 78.1 percent of people in U.S. households had a high-speed Internet connection last year, according to a new report released today from the U.S. Census Bureau. However, digital divides exist among the nation’s metropolitan areas and demographic groups. These statistics come from the American Community Survey, which collected data on this topic for the first time in 2013 and is the largest survey used to examine computer and Internet use in the U.S.” (via Census.gov)

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Easier access to Omaha library patrons’ info unconstitutional, ACLU tells board

“A proposal to give law enforcement easier access to library patrons’ information is unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union contended Wednesday.The ACLU of Nebraska weighed in a week before the Omaha Public Library Board is scheduled to vote on such a proposal, requested by the Mayor’s Office.Currently, a law enforcement officer must obtain a warrant or a subpoena to access personal information from an Omaha library card.” (via Omaha.com)

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“Ballin’ On A Budget:” How A Miami Teacher Keeps His Library Stocked

“Miami Northwestern High School teacher Daniel Dickey says there’s no silver bullet or secret book which will spark a student’s interest in reading. Instead, he says he asks questions and listens. “I sit down with that student and really figure out what is it that drives you?” Dickey says. “Why do you come to school? Why are you here every day?” He asks them about their plans, their dreams.” (via StateImpact Florida)

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In Europe, Slower Growth for e-Books

“E-books have made impressive inroads into the English-reading world, but their success in Europe — even among wealthy, tech-savvy countries with robust publishing industries — remains spotty at best. In the United States and Britain, sales of e-books represent between a quarter and a third of the consumer book market and, by 2018, will edge out printed and audio books as the most lucrative segment, according to projections by the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. But the picture is radically different in continental Europe. Last year, digital books made up 8 percent of the consumer book market in France, less than 4 percent in Germany and Italy, and 1 percent in Sweden and Norway.” (NYTimes.com)

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Redesigning Archive.org

“The Wayback Machine was launched in 2001, and the current look of the site was debuted in 2002 when we added movies, texts, software, and music.  There have been minor design changes and we’ve added features over the years to make the library materials more usable, but the current interface has just accumulated over time.  We have not “rethought” the site in a holistic way in the past 12 years.” (via Internet Archive Blogs)

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ProQuest ends dissertation sales through Amazon

“ProQuest will no longer sell the dissertations in its database through third-party retailers such as Amazon, the company announced on Monday, responding to confused scholars who found their research for sale online. The change will hopefully put an end to the all-too frequent episodes when academics discover their work has been made available in ways they don’t recall authorizing. ProQuest acknowledged its third-party retailer program has been plagued by that issue in an email to Inside Higher Ed.” (via insidehighered)

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Researching Amazon and Libraries

“I am pleased to announce that I will be working with Deanna Marcum and Roger Schonfeld of Ithaka S+R on a project to survey Amazon’s sales to academic libraries. This research is being funded with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This project has been a long time a-coming, and I am absolutely delighted to be involved with it.” (via The Scholarly Kitchen)

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Report: SF library unruliness occurs most during midweek afternoons

“Months after the San Francisco Public Library tightened up rules for patrons, a new report has highlighted the areas where the library has been falling short in addressing security. But library officials say the report’s 11 recommendations either have been or are being implemented.The library had increased security and implemented new regulations following a rash of violent acts, a move that drew criticism from homeless advocates.Amid the pressure to stamp out the disruptions among the bookshelves, library officials asked the City Controller’s Office to analyze its security resources and strategies. Mayor Ed Lee had also paid a site visit in January, calling for improved patron conduct.” (via San Francisco Examiner)

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Library to launch new search engine

“Finding a library book at Yale may soon be easier than ever before. In the coming weeks, Yale Library Information Technology will beta test a new search system called Quicksearch, slated to replace the current Orbis catalog in September 2015. According to library administrators, the new platform, which will be unveiled this month, will streamline the different search engines available across schools into a unified Yale library site. Library administrators said they hope the new system will resolve inconveniences in searching for texts.” (via Yale Daily News)

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New Orleans libraries face closure from shrinking budgets, website reports

“New Orleans libraries face the risk of closing several branches without more funding from City Hall or an increase in taxes, the website The Lens reports. Library Executive Director Charles Brown told the City Council Monday that the $3 million in reserve revenue that the system uses to patch up its $12 million budget every year will run out in 2016.” (via NOLA.com)

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