UMSL librarian is ‘the IRL of IRL in real life’ – and a Harlem radio host

“Only a few months old, fledgling “IRL” (pronounced “Earl”) is already beginning to pull in a worldwide readership for the University of Missouri–St. Louis.California. Malaysia. Spain. Missouri. Those are just a few of the places where, thanks to IRL, people are accessing scholarly work by members of the UMSL campus community in a new way.Shorthand for UMSL’s new Institutional Repository Library, IRL is in the care of its curator and crafter, Lena Marvin, who has a map with lots of gray dots pulled up on her computer screen inside the Thomas Jefferson Library.” (via UMSL)

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In the war on fake news, school librarians have a huge role to play

“Concern about the prevalence of fake or sensationally biased news sources has escalated in the days following the presidential election, with many citing it as a factor (some even the primary cause) of Donald Trump’s win.The central focus of the concern is Facebook, which has grown beyond a social platform and is now a key information distributor from which 44 percent of Americans get their news. Though Mark Zuckerberg stated publicly that the idea that fake news on Facebook influenced the election was “crazy,” a BuzzFeed News report uncovered that people within his own company consider this response flippant and are busy organizing in secret to dig into the data and make recommendations to senior leadership.” (via The Verge)

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Fired librarian sues city to get job back

“Was City Librarian Scott Hughes, one of the few black department heads, fired over his political involvement? Or did his political ambitions hurt his job performance?Those questions are heading for state Superior Court.Hughes is suing his bosses, the library board, over members’ decision last month to terminate him after over nine years. The firing came after months of tension during which Hughes was placed on probation from his $116,000 position to improve his management style and his communication skills.” (via Connecticut Post)

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American Doctoral Dissertations™ Now Includes Access to Full Text and Expanded Coverage of 20th Century

“American Doctoral Dissertations™, a free database made available by EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), OhioLINK, H.W. Wilson Foundation and the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston, now offers greater coverage of 20th century research and access to full text. The enhanced American Doctoral Dissertations, accessible at http://www.OpenDissertations.com, includes more than 172,000 theses and dissertations in total, including 80,000 new citations for theses and dissertations from 1902 to the present” (via EBSCO)

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Nixon Library reboots for a new generation

“He came to the presidency as a Republican who sought to mend a badly divided nation with fresh ideas that sometimes ran against the grain of his own party.It’s a plotline that 2016 voters would recognize, but the candidate was Richard Nixon.Nixon never strayed from controversy when he took office in 1969 and held the job until 1974, when he resigned in disgrace. The presidential library that bear his name has just undergone a  $15-million renovation, transforming it to show how Nixon’s life unfolded against the backdrop of tumult of late 20th-century America” (via USA Today)

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