Public libraries help battle homelessness in little ways

“Public libraries are on the front lines of the battle against homelessness.It’s a growing trend across the country and right here in Boise.”We have folks who come in here to get warm, folks that come in and use the Wi-Fi and in the summer time, folks that come in to stay cool,” said Kevin Booe, Director of the Boise Public Library.” (via KBOI)

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Library Extension Finds Books At Your Local Library While You Shop On Amazon

“Amazon may be convenient, but nothing beats free. So, when you’re shopping for books on the site, Library Extension will find those same books at your local library. You can even drive to pick them up faster than Amazon can ship them.The extension allows you to pick your favorite local libraries and add them to a list. Then, when you shop for books on Amazon, the extension adds a box that will let you know if those books are available at your library.” (via Lifehacker)

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Dun & Bradstreet Acquires Avention, the Maker of OneSource

“Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) today announced that it has acquired Massachusetts-based Avention, the maker of OneSource® solutions. Avention provides organizations with a deeper understanding of company, contact, and market data, delivered through a robust technology platform.” (via The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation)

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Former copyright office head to run publishing trade group

“The former head of the U.S. Copyright Office, whose ouster last fall angered many in the arts world, has been chosen to lead the book publishers’ trade group.Maria A. Pallante will become president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, beginning next Wednesday. She will succeed Tom Allen, a former congressman from Maine, who is stepping down after nearly eight years. In announcing her appointment Thursday, AAP board chairman YS Chi called her “a creative, forward-thinking leader who has earned the deep respect of members of Congress as well as intellectual property experts around the world.” Pallante said in a statement she was “deeply inspired by the values of the American publishing industry.” (via AP)

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Philadelphia School District librarians: a species nearly extinct?

“How many full-time, certified librarians would you guess one of the nation’s largest school systems – a district with 220 schools and 134,000 students – employs?One hundred? Two hundred?Not even close. Eight certified, full-time school librarians staff Philadelphia School District buildings. A handful of others juggle library responsibilities with teaching classes. Many school libraries are closed entirely.” (Philly.com)

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