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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’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)


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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iSchool Inks Cybersecurity Education Agreement with UVA

“The School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Virginia (UVA) have signed an agreement to offer transfer credit for graduates of  UVA’s Certificate in Cybersecurity Management program into the iSchool’s Master of Science in Information Management program. The agreement, signed earlier this week in Virginia, “will leverage the faculty resources of two highly respected education institutions to prepare professionals to address today’s complex cybersecurity issues,” explained Susan Corieri, Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management and Special Academic Program Initiatives at the iSchool.” (via Syracuse University)

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