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LexisNexis Announces Acquisition of Ravel Law

“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, part of information and analytics provider RELX Group, today announced its acquisition of Ravel Law, a legal research, analytics and visualization platform that empowers users to contextualize and interpret vast amounts of information to uncover valuable insights. The acquisition will expand the LexisNexis Legal Analytics suite of products through full integration of Ravel Law’s judicial analytics, data visualization technology and unique case law PDF content from the Harvard Law Library into Lexis Litigation Profile Suite® and Lexis Advance®. The integration of these tools strengthens LexisNexis’ position as a leader in the legal analytics space.” (via LexisNexis)

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As Evanston moves to fire ‘Cranky Librarian,’ e-mails reveal longtime board plan to get rid of her

“Evanston library’s “Cranky Librarian” problem blew up in a major way during the last week. As the library’s board initiated abrupt termination proceedings for Lesley Williams (aka “Cranky”), e-mails surfaced revealing that board members and the library’s director had been conspiring to get rid of her for several years. (via Bleader)

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Northwestern and Indiana University Libraries Expand Audiovisual Repository Service with $1 Million Federal Grant

“A $967,000 federal grant will allow Northwestern University Libraries and Indiana University Libraries to enhance their jointly developed audiovisual repository system, further improving the ability of archival institutions to manage and make accessible large digital collections of video and audio.” (via Indiana University Libraries)

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Nashville Public Library Named 2017 Library of the Year by Library Journal and Gale

“Tennessee’s Nashville Public Library (NPL) has been named the 2017 Library of the Year by Library Journal magazine and Gale, a Cengage company. The Library of the Year is a prestigious honor awarded to a library that demonstrates profound service to community, creativity, leadership, and innovation in developing community programs. Nashville Public Library stands out for its ability to bring stories, reading, and learning to life to educate the community–from the youngest learners through adults.” (via PR newswire

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Oculus to install nearly 100 free VR systems throughout California library network

“Here’s a novel approach to getting high-end virtual reality to the public: Make it free. That’s what Oculus is doing in California with an initiative that will place 100 Oculus Rift headsets and VR-ready PC systems in 90 libraries throughout the state. Making high-end VR available through local libraries isn’t just a brilliant bit of marketing by Oculus, it’s also something of a library tradition.” (via Mashable)

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