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Indianapolis launches literacy-promoting "Big Free Libraries"


Chris writes, "Indianapolis has just launched a great new series of art installations intended to promote both art and literacy."

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Illinois mayor appoints failed censor to town library board


Peter writes, "Is a public library's board of trustees any place for a would-be book censor? The town of Downers Grove, Illinois is about to find out."

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Internet filters considered harmful

Alan sez, "In its latest report, the American Library Association reviews the state of Internet content filters and finds the state dismal."

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WATCH: "Princess Boy's" mom speaks out for LGBT kids' books

Peter from the National Coalition Against Censorship sez, "At a public hearing over whether or not to remove LGBT children's books from a public library, one mom's comments stole the show."

The next Librarian of Congress: a Librarian of Progress?


For the first time in 28 years, the Library of Congress is about to get a new Librarian, a person with enormous influence over the Internet and American life.

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Funky librarians

The librarians of Vernon, Illinois want you for their summer reading program, and they're not shy about it! (Thanks, Sharpchair64!)

Librarians: privacy's champions


Libraries have always been places where people gathered for intellectual inquiry, where communities could form around emerging ideologies that challenged the status quo.

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Comics Connector: matching comics professionals with teachers/librarians for visits

Charles from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund writes, "Comic Book Legal Defense Fund continues the celebration of Children's Book Week by launching its newest resource -- the Comics Connector, a directory that connects educators and librarians with comics professionals who are able to provide classroom/library visits."

YA, graphic novels, books by people of color are most challenged in America's libraries

The ALA's new State of America’s Libraries Report [PDF] shows American public and school libraries are being challenged most often over graphic novels like Saga and YA novels and books by people of color like The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Bullshit copyright complaint is the perfect pretense to censor CT library art


Peter from the National Coalition Against Censorship writes, "A Connecticut library took down a painting of Mother Teresa because of a dodgy copyright claim. Was that really the issue?"

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No future for you: cultural institutions can't afford to play along with pointy-headed bosses


My new Guardian column, Go digital by all means, but don't bring the venture capitalists in to do it, is an open letter to the poor bastards who run public institutions, asking them to hold firm on delivering public value and not falling into the trap of running public services "like a business."

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Difficult questions posed to the NYPL reference desks before the net


In the New York Public Library's Instagram account, Information Architect Morgan Holzer is posting images of 3x5 cards pulled from a shoebox collecting 50 years' worth of weird questions that were posed to the system's reference desks, which were strange and notable enough to warrant addition to the collection.

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Delware school district wants kids to get signed permission before checking out YA library books


The Appoquinimink, DE school board is contemplating requiring parental permission slips for students who want to check YA novels out of their school library; district secondary education curriculum director Ray Gravuer came up with this silly idea in response to a parental complaint.

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Toronto's public library under threat from Rob Ford's Library Board

The Toronto Library Board appointed by the disgraced former mayor Rob Ford has continued its programme of cutting library budgets, cutting way past the bone and threatening the Toronto public library system altogether.

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Library's seed sharing system threatened by Big Ag regulations


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has threatened the Duluth library's free seed-sharing program because it doesn't conform to the seed-distribution rules laid out for big agribusinesses.

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Tabletop Superheroes: remixable RPG


The Parkes Library in NSW, Australia mashed up my Dungeons and Dragons variant for toddlers with School for Supervillains, creating a superhero game for kids of all ages for its Fun Palace week,

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UK cultural institutions leave their WWI cases empty to protest insane copyright


They want the term of copyright changed to life plus 70 years, instead of 2039 for unpublished works of uncertain date, a standard that makes it impossible to reproduce or display things like letters home from the front.

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