JORDAN’S ‘PAY AS YOU LIKE’ BOOKSTORE SAVED BY CROWD-FUNDING

“For years, Hamzeh AlMaaytah nurtured a community of book lovers in Jordan, keeping his bookstore in Amman’s old center open around the clock, encouraging customers to linger over rare treasures and often allowing them to set the price for a purchase. His supporters recently had a chance to repay him when the local landmark was threatened with closure, following a sudden illness that sidelined him for several months as bills were piling up. By April, 330 people from more than 20 countries had contributed $18,000 in a crowd-funding campaign launched by two friends.” (via The Associated Press)

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Toronto Reference Library gets in on vinyl craze, buys 100 records

“Who says libraries aren’t hip? The Toronto Reference Library is kicking it old school, buying vinyl records for the first time in three decades. The library is adding 100 titles. It already has more than 15,000 vinyl records on its shelves, but it has not added anything since the 1980s, so there were some notable gaps in its collection.” (via Toronto Star)

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LexisNexis Launches Lexis Answers, Infusing New Artificial Intelligence Capabilities into the Company’s Flagship Legal Research Platform, Lexis Advance

“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional today announced the launch of Lexis® Answers, a new artificial intelligence (A.I.) enhancement within its flagship Lexis Advance® offering. Using powerful machine learning, cognitive computing and advanced natural language processing technologies, Lexis Answers transforms legal research by understanding the user’s natural language question and delivering the clearest, most concise and authoritative answer, in addition to finely tuned, comprehensive search results.” (via LexisNexis)

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After Budget Cuts, Miizzou Libraries Seeks Book Donations

“The University of Missouri Libraries is asking book lovers for some help.Library officials have a wish list of more than 400 books that they hoped to buy but are not able to because of budget cuts.The most expensive is “Complete and Truly Outstanding Works by Homer,” which costs $5,250. The least expensive book on the list is “Another Time, Another Place,” by Jessie Kesson, which costs $16.75.” (via AP)

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US court grants Elsevier millions in damages from Sci-Hub

“One of the world’s largest science publishers, Elsevier, won a default legal judgement on 21 June against websites that provide illicit access to tens of millions of research papers and books. A New York district court awarded Elsevier US$15 million in damages for copyright infringement by Sci-Hub, the Library of Genesis (LibGen) project and related sites.Judge Robert Sweet had ruled in October 2015 that the sites violate US copyright. The court issued a preliminary injunction against the sites’ operators, who nevertheless continued to provide unauthorized free access to paywalled content. Alexandra Elbakyan, a former neuroscientist who started Sci-Hub in 2011, operates the site out of Russia, using varying domain names and IP addresses.” (via Nature)

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