Columbia library to revise gun signage after threat of lawsuit

“The Daniel Boone Regional Library board of trustees said Thursday night it would amend existing signs outside the library, which ban patrons from bringing firearms inside.Earlier in the day, an attorney representing Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch, R-Hallsville, said she would sue the library if it did not change the signs to acknowledge Missouri’s new concealed carry laws.” (via columbiamissourian.com)

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Kansas City Public Library has team dedicated to helping immigrants become citizens

“The Kansas City Public Library has a unique approach to helping those who are new to the city. Its Refugee and Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE) program is one of the only library teams in the country solely focused on the goal of connecting immigrants to resources, like prepping for the citizenship test. The library’s free citizenship preparation classes are fairly new. It is one of at least a dozen organizations in the metro that provides those services, but they say they saw a need within their patron base.” (via KSHB.com)

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Why university libraries must be transformed to survive in digital age

“Simeon Ananou, vice president for IT services and CIO at the State University of New York at Albany, has a vision for transforming university libraries in the digital age.Ananou’s imperative is that libraries must evolve from “book warehouses” — largely passive repositories of physical objects — to “information commons,” the locus for an array of digital services that can be accessed anytime, anywhere and on any device by students, faculty, researchers and other stakeholders.” (via edscoop.com)

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Internet Archive Offers to Host PACER Data

“On Tuesday, February 14, the U.S. Congress will hold the first hearings in over a decade examining the operation of the PACER system. The hearing will be before the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet of the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives. The Internet Archive was pleased to accept the committee’s invitation to submit a statement for the record and we have submitted the following, which includes an offer to host the PACER data now and forever to make the works of our federal courts more readily available to inform the citizenry and to further the effective and fair administration of justice.” (via Internet Archive)

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Publishers Still Fighting to Bury Universities, Libraries in Fees for Making Fair Use of Academic Excerpts

“On behalf of three national library associations, EFF today urged a federal appeals court for the second time to protect librarians’ and students’ rights to make fair use of excerpts from academic books and research.” (via Electronic Frontier Foundation)

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