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Wikimedia Foundation releases its first transparency report

“We are happy to announce the release of the Wikimedia Foundation’s first transparency report. Transparency is a tenet of the Wikimedia movement.  Anyone can see how a Wikipedia article is created and how it evolves, and anyone can contribute to the software that runs the Wikimedia projects. The transparency report we share today is in furtherance of our commitment to such openness. Every year, the Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit organization, receives requests from governments, individuals, and organizations to disclose information about our users or to change content on the Wikimedia projects. This transparency report is the amalgamation of two years of data — it details the number of requests we received, where these requests came from, and how we responded to them.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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Agreement helps library publishers participate in CrossRef

“CrossRef and the California Digital Library (CDL) have signed an agreement that promises to open up a route for library publishers to participate in the scholarly communications hub created by CrossRef. Through the agreement, publishers using CDL’s EZID digital identifier service now may choose to deposit the metadata for their content in the CrossRef system. This move will enable them to use the full range of CrossRef services, including search and discovery, persistent linking, tracking of funding and licensing information, text and data mining, and more. As a CrossRef Sponsoring Publisher, EZID will handle the technical and administrative processes for its client publishers, which promises to reduce barriers to their CrossRef participation.” (via Research Information)

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz urges court to allow her to remove library trustees

“Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is urging a Brooklyn federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by six trustees of the scandal-plagued Queens Library. The trustees, seeking to block her ouster of them, claim a new state law that grants both Katz and the mayor the power to remove any trustee before the end of their normal five-year term is unconstitutional. But Katz, in legal papers filed Monday by City Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter, noted she acted after a series of Daily News articles revealed extraordinary spending including the $392,000 annual salary of the library’s chief executive Thomas Galante.” (via NY Daily News)

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NIXON TAPES RELEASED ON RESIGNATION’S ANNIVERSARY

“Almost a decade after Richard Nixon resigned, the disgraced former president sat down with his one-time aide and told the tale of his fall from grace in his own words. For three decades, that version of one of the nation’s largest and most-dissected political scandals largely gathered dust – until this week.

Starting Tuesday, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation, portions of the tapes will be published each day by the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum and the private Richard Nixon Foundation.” (via The Associated Press)

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U.S. Department of Energy Increases Access to Results of DOE-funded Scientific Research

“The U.S. Department of Energy is introducing new measures to increase access to scholarly publications and digital data resulting from Department-funded research. The Energy Department has launched the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science – PAGES – a web-based portal that will provide free public access to accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication. “Increasing access to the results of research funded by the Department of Energy will enable researchers and entrepreneurs to capitalize on our substantial research and development investments,” said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. “These new policies set the stage for increased innovation, commercial opportunities, and accelerated scientific breakthroughs.” (via Department of Energy)

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The New York Public Library To Offer Pop Up Reading Room Outside Iconic 42nd Street Building

“The New York Public Library is kicking some of its key services to the curb this summer – and is inviting the public to take advantage.For nearly two weeks in August, the Library will offer an outdoor reading room outside of its landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, located at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. “The Library Inside Out: Read Everywhere” will be open from Tuesday, August 5 until Friday, August 15, staffed by dedicated volunteers and offering wi-fi, books recommended by librarians, library card sign ups, and a seating. All readers are welcome in the space, which is being offered in partnership with Bryant Park Corporation and will be open from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting.” (via The New York Public Library)

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Longtime Baltimore County library chief retires

“Jim Fish had a knack for management from a young age, former colleagues say — and in his 43 years as a professional librarian, he never worked as anything but a library director. The longtime administrator of the Baltimore County Public Library stepped down last month, having witnessed many changes in library technology — and in American society itself. When he began his adult career more than four decades ago, people still used card catalogs. There were no Kindles or other e-readers. And people didn’t visit the library for all the reasons they do today.” (via Baltimore Sun)

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Building a new library from the ground up

“Universal City librarian Toni Davenport is almost giddy when discussing the task that lies before her — build a new library, from the ground up. Community meeting space, banks of computers and a “library that flows” are among the wants, needs and desires Davenport will express in the coming weeks, as the city begins meeting with architects about what to incorporate in the new structure. Universal City City Council July 15 voted to pursue certificates of obligation in order to build a new $3.2 million library on property near the current facility on Northview Drive. The city owns the land under the current library, as well as a neighboring park and walking trail.” (via San Antonio Express-News)

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Santa Cruz library trustees review $63M facilities plan

“Library trustees reviewed a plan Monday for how to spend $63.1 million in facilities improvements if voters approve a parcel tax. A survey of voters earlier this year determined there was 73 percent support for an annual $49 parcel tax for 30 years. The Joint Powers Authority Board are looking at a June 2015 special election. The plans call for replacing the Capitola and Felton branches, overhauling the Downtown branch and renovating and expanding the Aptos branch by 25 percent. Leaders also are discussing adding a literacy center to the Aptos branch by revamping under-used staff space on the second floor.” (via Santa Cruz Sentinel)

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Miami-Dade mayor lets higher library-tax ceiling stand

“Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez won’t veto a higher property tax rate ceiling for libraries set by county commissioners. Mike Hernández, Gimenez’s spokesman, said Friday that the mayor decided to let the commission’s 8-5 vote from last week stand, even though that means the county’s overall tax rate could go against Gimenez’s wishes. “He will continue to insist that Miami-Dade County government — and our library system — operate as efficiently as possible,” Hernández said. Gimenez had until Friday to veto the commission’s decision.” (via MiamiHerald.com)

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