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BROWSE FREE OR DIE? NEW HAMPSHIRE LIBRARY IS AT PRIVACY FORE

“A small library in New Hampshire sits at the forefront of global efforts to promote privacy and fight government surveillance – to the consternation of law enforcement.The Kilton Public Library in Lebanon, a city of 13,000, last year became the nation’s first library to use Tor, software that masks the location and identity of internet users, in a pilot project initiated by the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Library Freedom Project. Users the world over can – and do – have their searches randomly routed through the library.” (via The Associated Press)

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New Hampshire lawmakers pass bill saying libraries can use Tor

“The New Hampshire House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill giving public libraries explicit permission to run powerful privacy software like Tor, a network that lets people anonymously connect to the Internet.The bill’s author, Rep. Keith Ammon (R), told the Daily Dot that the bill passed 268 to 62, despite his preparations for a heated debate. The “large margin” and the lack of a fight on the House floor surprised Ammon.Ammon’s measure, which could be the first explicitly pro-Tor legislation in America, now heads to the state Senate.” (via Dailydot)

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New Hampshire lawmakers push ban on topless women, warning of nudity at libraries, Little League games

“Lawmakers backing a bill to criminalize women exposing their breasts in public said Monday they’re trying to shield families and children, especially those drawn to New Hampshire’s beaches — a big tourist draw.”It’s a shame that some folks are more concerned with exposing their breasts in public places than they are concerned about how families and children may be impacted by being forced to experience this evolving societal behavior,” Republican Rep. Brian Gallagher told a legislative committee. “This is about a movement to change the values of New Hampshire society.” (via AP)

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UNH library halts book disposal after complaints

“Administrators at University of New Hampshire’s Dimond Library have put on hold an effort to discard little-used books and periodicals, in response to complaints received this week from faculty members and students. Tracey Lauder, assistant dean for library administration, said the sight of a Dumpster outside the library filled with books may have upset some, but the “weeding out” of older titles is a necessary part of life at any library.” (via Union Leader)

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Thousands of UNH library books found in dumpster

“A dumpster on the campus of the University of New Hampshire is filling up with books from Dimond Library, and professors want to know why. Librarians said they need to make room for new science books, but one art history professor said they are throwing out volumes worth keeping. A 20-yard bin that sits behind the library is filling up with books.” (via WMUR)

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NH libraries say they’re busy in electronic age

“IF EVERYONE is using smart phones, e-readers and laptops for everything, do we still need public libraries? Actually, New Hampshire librarians say they’re busier than ever. State librarian Michael York noted library visits statewide were up 34 percent from 2006 to 2011, when more than 7.5 million visits were recorded.” (via Union Leader)

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N.H. libraries, museums worth investment

Robert Finlay – “An extraordinary national resource, those diverse libraries and museums serve as invaluable repositories for the collective ideas, wisdom and creativity of the world — one of civilization’s noblest heritages derived from history, art, science, religion, philosophy and much more. They represent the sum of recorded human knowledge, innovation and achievement. And, in this new digital age, that heritage has become more readily accessible than ever.”

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