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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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Library Cat Evicted: City Council Votes To Oust Library’s Mascot Of 5 Years Due To ‘Pettiness’

“A Texas city council has voted to evict a library cat.The library has been home to a light-grey tabby kitty named Browser for five years. The council ordered his eviction in a 2-to-1 vote, according to Fox News. The mayor of White Settlement says the council cites “pettiness” as the reason for Browser’s sudden eviction. According to Mayor Ron White, the cat’s eviction is based on city hall’s pettiness due to a city employee not being allowed to bring a puppy to work.” (via Inquisitr)

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Bringing books back to life: NEH, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation award $95,000 grant to UNT Libraries

“The University of North Texas Libraries is working to bring more than 100 out-of-print books back to life. Thanks to a $95,599 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor under the new Humanities Open Book Program, the UNT Libraries will digitize 146 books and make those available for free as e-books.” (via University of North Texas)

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Texas State Library and Archives Commission Launches Texas Digital Archive

“The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) announces the launch of the Texas Digital Archive (TDA), a searchable online repository designed to manage, preserve, and provide access to the electronic records collections held at the Texas State Archives. Virtual visitors are invited to explore our shared heritage through digitized prints, photographs, documents and manuscripts made available through a $706,593 appropriation for the 2016-2017 biennium from the 84th legislative session.” (via Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

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UT’s New Library Director Wants to Make Information More Free

“With more than 10 million books and other holdings, the UT-Austin library system is one of the largest in the country. A mind-boggling 2.5 million people use UT Libraries each year—and that’s a number Lorraine Haricombe would like to see get even bigger. Haricombe, who grew up in South Africa, began her term as vice provost and director of libraries on Feb. 1. She joins UT from the University of Kansas, where she led the creation of the first faculty-led open access policy at a public university in the U.S.” (via The Alcalde)

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