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Anne Jarvis to become Princeton University librarian

“Anne Jarvis, who has been university librarian at the University of Cambridge since 2009, will become the University librarian at Princeton effective Oct. 1.”Anne Jarvis is one of the world’s premier librarians,” Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber said. “Her proven track record of exceptional service, technological innovation and responsive management at Cambridge makes her an ideal leader for Princeton’s library system.” (via Princeton University)

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A Law Librarian’s Journey from San Francisco to Kansas City, and What I Learned Along the Way

“In September of 2014, I received a rather unexpected call from our Chief Operating Officer.   He informed me that Littler was opening a new Global Services Center in Kansas City, Missouri that would house the firm’s administrative and operational departments, including our library.  Here is where my journey began.On-shoring administrative services centers to lower-cost locations within the United States has become an attractive option for law firms as many cities offer business-friendly tax structures, reasonable rent and a good workforce pool.” (via .thomsonreuters.com)

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Follett Acquires Baker & Taylor

“Follett Corporation today announced that it has acquired Baker & Taylor, LLC, the leading distributor of books, video and music products to public libraries and institutions, and a major wholesaler to retailers worldwide. With combined sales of $3.6 billion, the two businesses will offer librarians, patrons, educators and students unprecedented access to the best curated physical and digital content wherever learning and reading take place in the community.” (via Follett)

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High Court Won’t Hear Copyright Challenge to Google Books

“The copyright dispute between the Authors Guild and Alphabet Inc.’s Google reached a conclusion Monday when the Supreme Court declined to intervene, leaving a federal appeals court ruling in Google’s favor as the last word.The justices, in a brief written order, said they won’t take up an appeal by the Authors Guild and individual writers who argued Google engaged in copyright infringement “on an epic scale.” (via WSJ)

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Key Ring Chronicles: Library Card.

“I work at a small liberal arts college in the Midwest, in a town of less than 8,000 people. It’s the kind of place where it’s very easy to run into friends, colleagues, students, former lovers, and that guy who walks around town wearing fishing waders. All the local businesses know your face, which can be convenient when running a tab at the one town bar but is also kind of a nightmare for someone with overdue library books. That’s me.” (via McSweeney’s)

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Michigan Couple Arraigned on Larceny Charges for Late Library Books

“Two overdue library books have landed a married couple in Tecumseh, Michigan, afoul of the law. Not only have the husband and wife been fined more than $200, but they were arraigned in court Thursday, each charged with larceny of rental equipment. “We were appalled, totally appalled,” Catherine Duren, 44, told ABC News today. “We didn’t commit a crime.” (via ABC News)

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Sex ed books pulled from library shelves at Rainier elementary school

“A sex education book full of illustrations depicting sexual acts is creating quite the controversy at a Hudson Park Elementary School in Rainier.Parents said the book was shown to their kids without their permission, and now the school is pulling the book from library shelves. The book in question, titled “It’s Perfectly Normal,” touts itself as a children’s book for ages 10 and up, that talks all about changing bodies, sex and sexual health.” (via KPTV)

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Harvard’s Perma.cc receives grant to expand its tools for saving sources on the Web

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded a major grant to the Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab to further develop its Perma.cc tool to combat link rot.The IMLS grant awards over $700,000 to the Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab, in cooperation with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and more than 130 partner libraries, to sustainably scale Perma.cc to combat link rot in all scholarly fields.” (via Harvard Law Today)

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UVA Selects John M. Unsworth as University Librarian and Dean of Libraries

“The University of Virginia announced today that John M. Unsworth has been appointed university librarian and dean of libraries. Currently vice provost, university librarian, chief information officer and professor of English at Brandeis University, he will assume the new role June 25.Unsworth has a long association with the University. He received his Ph.D. in English from UVA in 1988, and later in his career became a tenured associate professor of English as well the first director of UVA’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. Recognized as a pioneer in the field of digital humanities, he is the co-founder of the first peer-reviewed electronic journal in the humanities, Postmodern Culture.” (via UVA Today)

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Search for Boston Public Library leader narrows

“The hunt for a permanent president of the Boston Public Library appears to be winding down, with officials planning to narrow the list of candidates within the next two months, John Palfrey, chairman of the library’s presidential search committee, said on Wednesday. “We are still looking at people,’’ Palfrey said in an interview. Palfrey said more than 100 candidates were recruited or submitted applications for the job, which oversees the central library in Copley Square, 24 branches, and 450 employees.” (via The Boston Globe)

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