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[Virginia] House panel shoots down ban on guns in libraries

“A House subcommittee shot down a bill Thursday that would allow libraries owned or operated by local governments to ban firearms from their premises. On a 4-1 voice vote, Subcommittee No. 1 of the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee recommended tabling HB 1418. The bill, proposed by Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, sought to allow localities to adopt ordinances to prohibit the carrying firearms in public libraries.” (via WRIC)

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Library of Virginia layoffs will hinder open government, preservation of historical record

“The Library of Virginia will lose 15 of its 126 employees under Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to close a projected budget shortfall, and it’s not yet clear which positions will be cut.Regardless, the cuts will hinder the library’s ability to manage records, preserve the state’s historical record and educate students and the public, a former employee wrote in a letter to the governor. The library is one of the first in the nation to publish all emails of a gubernatorial administration, Benjamin Bromley wrote in his letter.” (via pilotonline.com)

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts launches digital Fabergé archive

“The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts announced the launch of its first digital archive, which documents the formation of the museum’s renowned Fabergé and Russian decorative arts collection at www.faberge.vmfa.museum. Organized through the museum’s Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library, this project was made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.” (via Art Daily)

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VIRGINIA MAY WARN PARENTS OF SEXUALLY EXPLICIT SCHOOL BOOKS

“Virginia’s Republican-led Senate will soon consider a bill requiring schools to notify parents if their children will be assigned to read a book that includes sexually explicit material and provide an alternative if the parent objects.The measure is being pushed by a mother who tried unsuccessfully several years ago to remove Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’ from her children’s school. The novel set in the post-Civil War era includes depictions of sex, rape and bestiality.” (via The Associated Press)

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McGregor Library Offers Rare Digital History of the Americas

“The University of Virginia has long offered public access to the rare and beautiful volumes of the McGregor Library, but until 2013 they could only be studied in Charlottesville. Now, thanks to a $245,000 grant from the McGregor Fund, researchers can access the library’s valuable primary documents, which focus on the European discovery and settlement of the Americas, from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Over the last two years, faculty and staff have steadily digitized more than 50,000 pages of the McGregor Library and hope eventually to reach 75,000, working in chronological order.: (via UVA)

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