Libraries Would Lose Funding In First Year Of Governor Kasich’s Proposed Budget

“Ohio’s library system is considered one of the best and best-funded in the nation. But while Gov. John Kasich is calling for libraries to provide online job training and education, there’s no money included in his budget to do that. In fact, the state’s public library fund faces a $7 million cut in the first of two years under the Governor’s plan.” (via WOSU Radio)

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Librarians take up arms against fake news

“Janelle Hagen is a school librarian whose job goes far beyond checking out books. She and many other librarians are equipping students to fight through lies, distortion and trickery to find their way to truth.Helping students become smarter evaluators of the information that floods into their lives has become increasingly necessary in an era in which fake news is a constant.Two University of Washington professors recently announced a new class that will focus on the ways data are misused to mislead the public. Younger students may need guidance even more.” (via The Seattle Times)

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Government Information Collections Shared Across the State

“The University of New Mexico (UNM), the New Mexico State University (NMSU), and the New Mexico State Library (NMSL) are pleased to announce that they have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding creating a shared Regional Depository Library for Federal government information in New Mexico. Federal depository libraries participate in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).  The United States Government Publications Office (USGPO) administers the FDLP nationally.” (via University of New Mexico)

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In digital age, privacy remains a priority for Erie County libraries

“Patrons of Erie County’s public libraries have new tools at their disposal to better track their reading habits and manage their accounts. The software is called Polaris, and it went live early this year.But anyone who attempted to access some of the new features for the first time throughout January – such as saved title lists, saved searches, and borrowing histories – received the following message: “The feature you have selected is associated with personal data in your patron account. Such data may be accessed by law enforcement personnel without your consent. Do you wish to continue?”That message has since been amended for clarity. Mary Rennie, executive director of the Erie County Public Library, said law enforcement officials need a warrant to access the data, and that the library rarely gets requests for such records.” (via Go Erie)

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ALA denounces recent FCC Lifeline revocations, report retractions

“On February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revoked all of the designations of Lifeline Broadband Providers and ordered the retraction of multiple reports, including the “E-rate Modernization Progress Report” and “Improving the Nation’s Digital Infrastructure.”The American Library Association (ALA) is dismayed by these actions to reduce digital opportunity and revise the public record. ALA President Julie Todaro released the following statement.” (via ALA)

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