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Two Toronto public libraries plan extended hours without staff

“The Toronto Public Library plans to keep two branches open late without any staff, an idea that’s alarmed the library workers’ union.The library will extend services — such as hold pick-ups, book borrowing, book returns and access to computers — at both the Swansea Memorial and Todmorden Room locations in fall 2017, said Moe Hosseini-Ara, director of branch operations and customer experience.” (via Metro Toronto)

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Librarians Vow to Fight Trump on Funding Cuts

“Just over halfway into his first 100 days, President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating virtually all federal funds for libraries. And librarians this week said they will fight back. In a statement, the American Library Association called Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services in his FY2018 budget (effectively ending all federal funding for libraries of all kinds) “counterproductive and short-sighted,” and vowed to fight the measure.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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The ‘Rock Star’ Librarians Who Choose What Your Kids Read 

“Most kids don’t know who John Schumacher is. But their librarians do. “He’s a rock star in the library world,” said Kim Sigle, a librarian at Lake Anne Elementary School in Reston, Va., who recently hosted Mr. Schumacher for a reading event for roughly 500 students. She “won” the former grade-school librarian in a lottery after taking a picture of herself with a life-size cardboard cutout of him and posting the shot on Twitter, competing with dozens of other librarians who did the same.” (via WSJ)

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Librarians, ‘hactivists’ gather to secure federal data

“As a scientist who studies the chemistry of the Earth’s atmosphere and its oceans, Laurence Yeung depends on the stockpiles of data generated by the federal government, particularly the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Among other tasks, the agency deploys satellites that consistently scan the globe to record shifts in sea surface temperatures, brewing storms and even changes in sea ice conditions.”These satellite analyses really paint a pretty decent picture of the ocean and are in constant communication with various data centers,” said Yeung, an assistant professor of Earth Science at Rice University. “We literally need all of that data.” (via Houston Chronicle)

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UB librarians discuss how fake news creates a cycle of misinformation

“When Cynthia Tysick sees a news story on social media, she diligently fact-checks it on Snopes and PolitiFact.“I’ve suddenly become the fact-checking guru on my Facebook feed,” Tysick, head of UB Educational Services said. “People are not happy with me, but it’s a service I bring.”Tysick and her colleagues in UB Libraries feel students should have the ability to filter out real news from fake news. Fake news websites shell out dishonest and misleading information disguised as actual news, leaving many unable to tell the real from the fake. President Donald Trump has also blasted mainstream news organizations like CNN and The New York Times, calling them untrustworthy fake news organizations.” (via The Spectrum)

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