Libraries Join The Startup Scene

“Libraries across the country are taking on new roles in today’s digital age. In Washoe County, libraries are offering programs like Startup School” (via KUNR)

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Wikimedia Foundation intervenes in Canada to protect online free expression

“The Wikimedia Foundation has filed a motion to intervene in the upcoming Canadian Supreme Court case Equustek v. Google. The Foundation’s filing challenges overly broad global content removal orders that threaten online free expression and access to information. If the motion is granted, the Foundation will have eight weeks to submit a formal brief.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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New Hampshire Library Defends Use Of Online Anonymity Software

“NPR’s Robert Siegel interviews librarian Chuck McAndrew about using Tor — software that allows users to search the web without revealing their identity or location — in the New Hampshire library system.” (via NPR)

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Judge rules against group trying to halt sale of Brooklyn Heights Library

“A group that had sought to stop the controversial sale and development of the Brooklyn Heights Library lost its case in court last week when state Supreme Court Justice Justice Dawn Jiminez-Salta rejected its claims.Love Brooklyn Libraries, Inc., headed by Brooklyn resident Marsha Rimler, had challenged the project’s environmental review, but the court dismissed the claims on July 7, saying they lacked merit.” (via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

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With $78M Renovation, Boston Public Library Aims For Friendlier Vibe

“It was a room without much of a view.Boston Public Library’s Johnson building, built in 1972 alongside the central branch’s beloved Charles McKim-designed main structure, had a row of windows facing onto Boylston Street — sort of. They were tinted to a hue too dark to really see through.As if to keep would-be book borrowers at bay, the building was protected by rows of heavy, granite planks that stood guard like silent sentries. If McKim’s building was a people’s palace of learning, its adjacent stepbrother appeared more like a fortress. No longer.” (via The ARTery)

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