Wayback Machine Chrome extension now available

“The Wayback Machine Chrome browser extension helps make the web more reliable by detecting dead web pages and offering to replay archived versions of them.  You can get it here.For the past 20 years, the Internet Archive has recorded and preserved web pages, and hundreds of billions of them are available via the Wayback Machine.  This is good because we are learning the web is fragile and ephemeral.  For example a 2013 Harvard study found that 49% of the URLs referenced in U.S. Supreme Court decisions are now dead.  Those decisions affect everyone in the U.S., and the evidence the opinions are based on is disappearing.” (via Internet Archive Blogs)

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[Virginia] House panel shoots down ban on guns in libraries

“A House subcommittee shot down a bill Thursday that would allow libraries owned or operated by local governments to ban firearms from their premises. On a 4-1 voice vote, Subcommittee No. 1 of the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee recommended tabling HB 1418. The bill, proposed by Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, sought to allow localities to adopt ordinances to prohibit the carrying firearms in public libraries.” (via WRIC)

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“We All Need Wikipedia.” Why This Foundation Is Giving Millions for Open Knowledge

“Knowledge is a slippery thing these days. Nearly half of Americans get their news from Facebook, a proprietary, opaque delivery system engineered to make money. We’re also seeing the rise of online sources deliberately seeking to mislead for political or commercial reasons. Perhaps most disturbing, the soon-to-be president of the United States has displayed a flagrant disregard for the truth. Sure, the internet has opened up huge reserves of information that anyone can turn to, but storing, maintaining, and organizing it in a neutral and reliable way is an immense challenge.” (Inside Philanthropy)

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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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