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TRUMP’S ACTIONS RAISE FEARS ABOUT ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT DATA

“Wondering who is visiting the White House? The web-based search has gone dark. Curious about climate change? Some government sites have been softened or taken down. Worried about racial discrimination in housing? Laws have been introduced to bar federal mapping of such disparities. Federal rules protecting whistleblowers? At least one has been put on hold.Since taking office, the Trump administration has made a series of moves that have alarmed groups with a stake in public access to information – historians, librarians, journalists, climate scientists, internet activists, to name a few.” (via The Associated Press)

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As a Girl She Spent Time in the Library. Now She’s Giving It $20 Million

“Merryl H. Tisch, the former chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, and her husband, James S. Tisch, the president and chief executive of Loews Corporation, are giving $20 million to the New York Public Library to expand and strengthen its education programming, from early literacy classes to technology training.The Tischs’ gift will create a position for a director of education, reporting to the library’s president, Tony Marx. While whoever is hired for that job will ultimately shape the vision for how to use the gift, Dr. Tisch said in an interview that she hoped the library would be able to expand popular offerings like English language classes, as well as to add job training courses, after-school homework help and programs aimed at exposing students to the rich holdings of the system’s four research centers.” (via The New York Times)

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Pittsburgh universities and libraries team up with the Carnegie Museum of Art for second-annual feminist Wikipedia edit-a-thon

“On March 4, the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hall of Sculptures transformed into a center for feminist action. Natural light flooded the room; six large tables were assembled in the middle of the cavernous hall, anchored by a small cart in the center with books and colorful folders full of information packets. Participants, from across the gender and age spectrum, wore nametags stating their preferred pronouns; conversations floated in the echoing hall, as they gathered around their laptops. They were participating in an Art+Feminism edit-a-thon. Art+Feminism is a national organization that aims to close the gender gap in Wikipedia’s store of information related to art.” (via Pittsburgh City Paper)

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hoopla digital Announces Sesame Street Content, Adds Celebrated Titles for Library Patrons

“hoopla digital announced today a new licensing agreement with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, to bring a wealth of celebrated titles to participating public libraries across the U.S. and Canada. The deal adds Sesame Street eBooks, e-comic books and TV episodes to hoopla digital’s current offering of more than 600,000 eBooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, music, television shows and more.” (via PR Newswire)

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Sarah McLachlan adds guitar to Vancouver instrument library

“There are now even more instruments to check out at the Vancouver Public Library’s musical instrument lending library.Singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan contributed a guitar to the collection on Monday, and Sun Life Financial, which donated the original 100 instruments last year, expanded the Vancouver program by another 50 instruments” (via CBC News)

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