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Simon Neame Named UMass Amherst Dean of Libraries

“Simon J. Neame, associate university librarian and director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia Library (UBC) in Vancouver, has been named dean of libraries at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He begins his new duties Aug. 1. Neame succeeds Jay Schafer, who is retiring as director of libraries after 12 years in that position and 15 years with the libraries.” (via UMass Amherst)

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UMass students, librarians want more faculty to use open source textbooks to save students money

“About 65 percent of college students don’t buy textbooks because of cost, said Matt Magalhaes, the affordable textbook campaign coordinator for MassPirg at the University of Massachusetts. Textbooks can cost students $1,200 a year. He and other students and librarians at the university are hoping that students will pressure their professors to adopt open source textbooks.” (via masslive.com)

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[UMass] Libraries Launch Retrospective Digitization of Theses, Dissertations

“The Libraries have embarked on an ambitious program to digitize all university theses and dissertations and make them available online to the public, according to librarian Jessica Adamick, assistant to the associate director for library services. The research works have been available in electronic format since 1997 for dissertations and 2007 for theses, but public online access has not been available. Other dissertations and theses spanning more than 100 years have long been available only in print.” (via UMass Amherst)

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Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons’ electronic privacy

“Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications — and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity.” (via Boing Boing)

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UMass Amherst Libraries Join HathiTrust Partnership

“The UMass Amherst Libraries has become one of the newest partners of HathiTrust (www.hathitrust.org), a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. As HathiTrust members, UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff will have access to more than 3.5 million public domain books. The campus community will be able to search HathiTrust’s catalog and download titles in the public domain. Users can then create their own private libraries of these electronic titles.” (via Hathi Trust)

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