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UA Libraries Join HathiTrust

“The University of Alabama has become one of the newest partners of Hathitrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in a digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.

Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently composed of more than 60 partners. Over the last four years, the partners have contributed more than ten million volumes to the digital library, digitized from their library collections through a number of means including Google and Internet Archive digitization and in-house initiatives.” (via The University of Alabama)

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Library hours do not encourage academia

“An essential part of a university experience occurs at the library. It is a place of studying, of commiserating and of learning. Most of all, it offers students a quiet study environment. However, The University of Alabama’s libraries have variable hours that change with activities, especially with football. Gorgas Library, McLure Library and Bruno Business Library, for example, are almost always closed on home football Saturdays. Even the UA library with the most expansive hours, Rodgers Library, closes Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and opens on Sunday at 1 p.m. These hours encourage a culture of cramming and are a symptom of a university that does not emphasize academics first.” (via The Crimson White)

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Alabama Republican Wants to Ban Toni Morrison’s ‘The Bluest Eye’ from Schools

“Bowing to Tea Party pressure, Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw said this week that he thinks The Bluest Eye, Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s novel about a little black girl who wishes for blue eyes, should be banned in schools. He only made this statement after GOP members criticized him for opposing a repeal of the federal Common Core standards. The Bluest Eye is on the 11th grade reading list for the Common Core, a set of standards that has been adapted by more than 40 states.” (via The Atlantic Wire)

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Shelved: Who decides which books are available in the state s school libraries

At White Plains Middle School, teen vampires in the library were just too much for one adult. At B.B. Comer High School in Sylacauga, a handbook on pregnancy and childbirth was moved to the reference shelves, with parental permission required for checkout. At Winterboro High, the novel “White Oleander” stayed on school library shelves, though kids need a parent’s permission to check it out, too. Those local school library concerns were among several uncovered by Anniston Star reporters and University of Alabama journalism students in a months-long, statewide effort to find out which books are challenged by parents — and which are ultimately banned from libraries — in the state’s 132 public school districts.” (via Anniston Star)

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Tornado-damaged Alabama libraries get help

Birmingham News – “Mary Schellhammer, the school librarian at Alberta Elementary in Tuscaloosa, has a new visual aid when she lectures students about returning their library books. It’s a portion of a beginning reader book that was blown from the school building 60 miles to Adams­ville in the April 27 torna­does. The library’s bar code and stamp were still intact, so someone brought it back.”

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Feds to investigate complaint that white school libraries get better support in Mobile County

Press Register – “The federal government has opened an investigation into allegations that the Mobile County school system spends a disproportionate amount of money on libraries and other facilities in majority-white schools at the expense of predominantly black ones.

Mobile County schools Superintendent Roy Nichols said he is confident the federal officials will find that the system treats its schools the same. He said the system funds school libraries at the same per-student rate, and lets each librarian decide how to spend it. “

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