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British Librarians Are Suing Government Over Library Closings

“The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (Cilip) has launched a new campaign to push the UK government to think twice before shutting down libraries and to take better care of those that remain. The My Library By Right effort aims to champion “the public’s right to libraries” by leaning on a 1964 British law, the Public Libraries and Museums Act, to provide quality public library services to citizens across the country.” (via adweek)

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Japan librarians cry foul over leaked Murakami reading list

“A war of words has erupted between privacy-advocating librarians and a newspaper after it published a snapshot of the high-school reading habits of Japan’s foremost literary son Haruki Murakami. Leaked library borrowing cards from half a century ago revealed the teenage Murakami — nowadays a perennial contender for the Nobel literature prize — checked out several titles by French writer Joseph Kessel. But the Japan Library Association on Monday lashed out at what it said was an invasion of the publicity-shy writer’s privacy.” (via Yahoo)

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Columbus librarians encouraged to report signs of child abuse

“Librarians, especially those who work with children or visit their homes, see a lot, sometimes too much: a kid with unusual bruises, homes with drug paraphernalia or parents who appear abusive or slap their kids in public. But unlike doctors, lawyers, day-care providers and teachers, who are required by law to report evidence of possible abuse to police or social-service agencies, librarians have a legal responsibility to protect the identities and reading habits of their patrons. The apparent conflict has created confusion. The Columbus Metropolitan Library board unanimously approved a new policy this week to help clarify the roles.” (Via Columbus Dispatch)

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University at Buffalo librarian has health info at her fingertips

“Pamela Rose has seen a lot of changes over five decades at the University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library. She’s also developed a deeper appreciation for animals. “My worlds are colliding,” Rose said recently as she sat in her office at the historic library on South Campus. “I’ve placed cats with many, many of my colleagues over the years because I used to foster and rescue them. Therapy dogs are coming here. And I’ve had zoo docents here because there are connections between historical medicines and animals.” Rose, 68, lives in Parkside with her husband, Joel, a retired UB computer programmer who led the fight years ago to keep the Buffalo Zoo in Delaware Park and in more recent years to try to quash the Buffalo Creek Casino.” (via Buffalo News)

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This Librarian Bicycles Around San Francisco Towing a Miniature Library With Free Books

“School librarian Alicia Tapia is on a mission to spread the love of reading. Knowing the important influence books can have on literacy and learning she started towing a miniature library around San Francisco in 2013. She calls her creation Bibliobicicleta.” (via Visual News)

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