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S.C. Senate Is Urged to Reject Penalties for Colleges Over Gay-Themed Books

“Top officials of the American Association of University Professors, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Modern Language Association, and other groups are urging South Carolina’s State Senate to reject attempts by the House of Representatives to penalize two colleges that assigned books with gay themes to incoming freshmen. This month the House moved to strip the College of Charleston of $52,000 in the state budget and the University of South Carolina-Upstate of about $17,000, citing concerns that the reading assignments were out of line with taxpayers’ values. The College of Charleston had assigned Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, by Alison Bechdel, and the Upstate campus had chosen Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio, edited by Candace Chellew-Hodge and Ed Madden.” (via Chronicle of Higher Education)

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Technology Driver of US Legislation, Regulations

“Everything seems to be moving faster than ever. And the pace of change for public laws continues to increase as the government tries to keep up. According to WestlawNext, the leading online legal research service, more than 100,000 new or changed statutes, 160,000 new or modified regulations and over 285,000 new judicial opinions were incorporated into the body of United States law in 2013.” (via Thomson Reuters)

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LexisNexis State Net Launches New Interface, Adds Features and Data

“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional announced today it has launched a new Web interface and innovative features for its state and federal legislative and regulatory activity solution, LexisNexis® State Net®. The new design and features help government, public affairs and compliance professionals easily find, assess and act upon data and intelligence about government activity faster and with more confidence than ever before.” (via Lexis Nexis)

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Canadian Library Association Celebrates Bill C-321 Receiving Royal Assent

“The Canadian Library Association (CLA) was thrilled to learn today that Bill C-321, An Act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act (library materials) received Royal Assent. Introduced by Conservative Member of Parliament Merv Tweed (Brandon—Souris, MB), Bill C-321 helps protect the existing reduced rate for postage on library materials between libraries and between libraries and their users within Canada. This reduced rate, known as the Library Book Rate, has been offered as a service by Canada Post since 1939.” (via Canadian Library Association)

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Conn. bill would study library access to e-books

“Lawmakers are calling for a study of the availability of e-books to Connecticut public libraries. The state House of Representatives voted Tuesday 143-0 to pass a bill requiring the commissioner of consumer protection to report to the General Assembly on the issue by Feb 1. The bill, which originally called on publishers to offer e-books to libraries at a reasonable price, was amended to reflect lawmakers’ concerns about the likelihood of lawsuits.” (via AP)

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Library Copyright Alliance Applauds Introduction of Unlocking Technology Act

“The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) applauds the introduction on May 9, 2013, of H.R 1892, the Unlocking Technology Act of 2013, by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), and Jared Polis (D-CO). The bill guarantees that legitimate uses of digital works and technologies will not run afoul of copyright law, even if they require breaking digital locks. Prompted by the recent uproar over cell phone unlocking, the bill recognizes that issue as a symptom of a much larger problem and would fix that problem permanently.” (via Library Copyright Alliance)

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California weighs its own open access plan

“A bill in the California legislature would require state-funded research to be made public free of charge within a year of its publication. If it passes, the bill would create an open access policy for California’s state-funded research similar to a policy announced earlier this year by the Obama administration. The federal policy, which is not yet finalized, would apply to most federally supported non-defense research. California is not the only state moving to make public the published research it helps to fund; Illinois is weighing a similar proposal.” (via Inside Higher Ed)

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Okla. Gov. signs library privacy, 16 other bills

“A bill intended to protect the personal information of children is among 17 bills signed into law by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. The so-called library bill would allow public and school libraries to deny requests for information — such as the address of a child with a library card — if staff members are suspicious of the request. Authors of the measure say it’s meant to protect children from predators.” (via AP)

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Open access gains momentum in Washington

“When MIT faculty adopted an open access (OA) policy for their scholarly articles in March 2009, they expressed a strong philosophical commitment to disseminating “the fruits of their research and scholarship” as widely as possible. The MIT Libraries are paying close attention to recent events in Washington that have the potential to expand this commitment to include a significant percentage of all federally funded research in the United States. On February 22, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a directive asking each federal agency with over $100 million in annual research and development expenditures to develop a plan to support increased public access to the results of research they fund. Agencies have six months to come up with policies that would make both articles and data openly available to the public, consistent with a set of objectives set out in the memorandum. The OSTP has been evaluating the need for more open access to federally funded research for several years; in 2010 and 2012 it collected public comments, including those from MIT.” (via MIT Libraries News)

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Presidential library donors would be named under bill

“With jockeying over a future Obama presidential library between the president’s birthplace of Hawaii and his adopted hometown of Chicago already underway, lawmakers are renewing a push to make donors to such institutions public. In the past, fundraisers for presidential libraries haven’t been required to reveal the names of donors that have funded efforts to build the repositories of presidential papers and other historic artifacts. But Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., last month introduced a bill that would require future presidential foundations to disclose the name of any donor that gives more than $200 on a quarterly basis.” (via USA Today)

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