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Why Three Libraries Claim To Be The Oldest In Texas

“The wonderful thing about the age of the internet is having a library at your fingertips. Anything is available online. My question: what is the oldest library in Texas? With a click of a search button, there’s your answer. Well, answers. According to this map, there are three oldest libraries in Texas. Which is, of course, not logically possible.” (via Texas Public Radio)

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Libraries Launches Texas Data Repository in Support of Campus Research

“The University of Texas Libraries announces the launch of the Texas Data Repository (TDR), a new option for publishing and archiving datasets and other digital data products developed or used in support of research activities at the University of Texas at Austin.TDR complements Texas ScholarWorks, a digital repository that was established by the Libraries to provide open, online access to the products of the University’s research and scholarship and to preserve those works for future generations.” (via University of Texas Libraries)

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Texas prisons ban ‘The Color Purple’ and book about Jackie Robinson but not ‘Mein Kampf’

“Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is allowed, but an illustrated history of World War II isn’t. A 700-page defense of racial segregation is fine, but not Langston Hughes’s poetry.Kinky paperback memoir? No problem. Suggestive Shakespearean sonnets? No way.Welcome to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, home to 140,000 prisoners and a list of 15,000 banned books.” (via The Washington Post)

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New Kiosks Make Bibliotech Materials Convenient For VIA Riders

“The first all-digital library in the U.S. is expanding to include riders on VIA Metro Transit buses.Just in time for Bibliotech’s third anniversary, the library has struck a new partnership to expand its reach and provide library materials to a new community of patrons who otherwise might find it hard to  go to a library.VIA riders will be able to use new Bibliotech kiosks at their bus stations to sign up and get a “virtual” library card, use apps, and borrow books, music, movies, and publications.” (via Texas Public Radio)

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If a cat librarian isn’t safe from the government, then who is?

“I’m just going to be up front about this. I’m pulling for the cat. Not because I particularly like cats (sorry to both cats and cat people). It just seems a bit unfair that Browser — a library cat in Texas — might be in danger of losing his home. But I guess that’s on the table, because local officials in White Settlement, Tex., this month voted to relocate the cat, even though he has faithfully served the community for the past six years.” (via The Washington Post)

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