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California Today: GoPros, Audiobooks and Other Perks of the Library

“Too few Californians take advantage of one of the great perks of simply being a resident. The humble library card. At libraries across the state, you can check out millions of digital books, audiobooks and movies, get career advice, learn a language, reserve a meeting room or borrow a GoPro. “I think we live in a world where people honestly think that they have to buy this stuff. And they don’t,” said Rivkah Sass, director of the Sacramento Public Library. “My thing is: get it from the library and then use the money to have a nice dinner.” (via The New York Times)

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3 UC libraries sign Expression of Interest committing to achieve open access for scholarly journals

“Three University of California libraries, including UC Berkeley’s, signed an Expression of Interest with Open Access 2020, or OA2020, a movement aimed at increasing accessibility to scholarly journals.The signing, announced in a press release by the UC Berkeley Library on Monday, makes UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UC San Francisco three of the latest institutions to join OA2020 — a movement spearheaded by the Munich-based Max Planck Digital Library. They join more than 80 scholarly organizations worldwide, including California State University Northridge, which signed in July 2016.” (via The Daily Californian)

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New Archive Provides One-Stop Access to Vital Resources on California’s Punjabi American Community

“In the late 19th century, people from the Punjab region in north India, known as the Land of Five Rivers, began settling in the Sacramento Valley and other parts of rural California, farming the land that reminded them of home. Despite the many challenges these pioneers faced in a new land, they built a thriving community.The history and ongoing vibrancy of Yuba City’s Punjabi American community — one of the largest rural South Asian communities outside India — is celebrated with the launch of the Pioneering Punjabis Digital Archive Project by the University of California, Davis.” (via UC Davis)

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Keep it free: public domain for California government works under threat

“The California legislature is considering AB 2880, a bill that would allow the state and local government to hold copyright on their works. The bill has been widely—and rightfully, in our view—criticized for its negative impact on the public domain and civil discourse. As such, the Wikimedia Foundation has sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee to join other groups in calling for the California senate to reject this bill.Currently, most works by the California state government are not restricted by copyright—they are part of the public domain, available to be used freely by everyone with no restrictions. The public domain allows everyone to access, copy, share, and remix works, including adding them to Wikipedia articles.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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A Library Writes Its Own Story

“The public library in Redlands, California is much more than a steward of books and information. It is an exemplar of the history of the town and a living legend of its spirit of generosity, a hallmark of Redlands since its first days.” (via The Atlantic)

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