Jeff Kinney Advocates for New York City Libraries

“Jeff Kinney, the creator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, has written a letter to advocate for the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Queens Library. He aims to mobilize library patrons to share a one sentence story on what the library means to them.These moving words will be used in a campaign to push Mayor Bill de Blasio and local city council members to increase funding for New York City’s three library systems. Follow this link to check out some of the responses that have been collected thus far.” (via GalleyCat)

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House Appropriators Narrowly Vote to Politicize LC Subject Heading Choices

“The full House Appropriations Committee met earlier today to “mark up” (amend and vote on) legislation to fund the Legislative Branch for FY 2017. As previously reported and expected, language inserted in the official Report accompanying the bill at the Subcommittee level essentially instructing the Library not to implement proposed changes to the subject headings “aliens” and “illegal aliens” was hotly debated. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL23), the Ranking Member (most senior Democrat) of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee, spoke passionately and at length in support of her amendment to remove that language from the Report. She was joined by full Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey and by many other Members of the minority. The amendment also was supported by a joint letter, entered into the record, by the Chairs of the Hispanic, Black, and Asian Pacific American Caucuses.” (via District Dispatch)

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The tech start-up planning to shake up the legal world

“A career in law and extremely long hours tend to go hand in hand. When you’re starting out it’s often particularly gruelling. Partly of course it’s about proving your commitment, but being a lawyer also involves an awful lot of grunt work – spending hours and hours looking through past case law to help your firm determine how to fight a current case.It’s this time consuming, labour intensive research aspect of the legal system that Andrew Arruda, co-founder and chief executive of tech start-up Ross Intelligence, believes its invention can address.The AI (or artificial intelligence) legal research system allows lawyers to type in a question – much in the same way they’d ask a colleague – and bring up relevant examples of what has happened in previous US legal cases, essentially at the touch of a button.” (via BBC News)

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Fight brews over forcing library to use ‘illegal alien’

“A fight over illegal immigration is making its way into a typically noncontroversial annual spending bill to fund legislative branch activities.Republicans are trying to reverse a decision made by the Library of Congress in March to stop using the term “illegal aliens” in its subject headings, which it deemed “pejorative,” and replace the phrase with “noncitizens” or “unauthorized immigration.”But Democrats, led by members of the Congressional Hispanic, Asian Pacific American and Black caucuses, are protesting the inclusion of a measure to force the Library of Congress to use “illegal aliens” again in the annual legislative branch spending bill that provides funding for the institution.” (via The Hill)

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‘Quiet Crisis’: Are librarians in danger of being phased out of Las Vegas schools?

“Ryan Dwyer’s fifth-grade students plop down at tables in the Kay Carl Elementary school library, fidgeting in their seats as he explains how to do research online for an upcoming project.It looks like a scene that could be happening in virtually any elementary school, but there’s a catch. Dwyer isn’t the students’ full-time teacher. After class, he stays put as the teacher shows up at the door, organizes her class into a single-file line and shepherds them back to their classroom.” (via Las Vegas Sun News)

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SSRN—the leading social science and humanities repository and online community—joins Elsevier

“When Elsevier acquired Mendeley three years ago, many people wondered how well it would work out — including our team at the Social Science Research Network. SSRN has similarities to Mendeley, and many differences, but we share a common vision of improving researchers’ lives, and doing that together within Elsevier makes complete sense. SSRN is devoted to providing “tomorrow’s research today” through specialized research networks in the social sciences and humanities. We facilitate the free posting and sharing of research material (e.g., conference papers, preprints, non-peer-reviewed papers) in our subject areas. Social science papers tend to have fewer co-authors, so networking and sharing ideas, hypotheses and drafts during the research process are critical; SSRN helps authors evolve their research and communicate their results worldwide” (via Elsevier)

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Indianapolis Public Library Wins 2016 ALA/Information Today ‘Library of the Future’ Award

“The Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL) has been selected to receive the 2016 Library of the Future Award, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and Information Today Inc. publishing company. Thel library was selected for its innovative “eBook Tinker Station” project that provides one-on-one support for patrons as they navigate through today’s evolving discoveries in technology. Patrons also are introduced to downloading items from the Library’s growing digital collections of eBooks, eAudiobooks and free streaming videos and music.” (via ALA)

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Boopsie Releases Case Study on DC Library Collaboration

“Boopsie, Inc. today released a case study that explores its collaboration with the District of Columbia (DC) Public Library. The leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide worked with the Library to develop a customized app that provides convenient access to the Library’s services for the system’s users.” (via Digital Book World)

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Former first lady Laura Bush provides big boost for school libraries across the country

“More than 100 school libraries across the country will be getting a big boost thanks to former First Lady Laura Bush. As part of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, more than $800,000 will be distributed to 130 school libraries from 30 states, Bush announced Monday in a news release.“I challenge every student to build your reading skills during the summer break, and come back to your new and improved school library ready to learn next year,” Bush said in a written statement.” (via Dallas Morning News)

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Dangerous books behind lock and key: Exploring Australia’s hidden library collections

“Beyond the rows of shelves in many of Australia’s libraries you can find ancient magic tricks, books on euthanasia and secret family histories — if you know what to ask for.But at the National Library of Australia (NLA), in a padlocked room known as a giftschrank, lies the country’s biggest collection of completely off-limits materials.While it might seem odd in the age of the internet, the location of the room cannot be revealed.It contains more than 200 books deemed not appropriate for public access, including unauthorised biographies, true crime and guides to euthanasia.” (via ABC News)

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