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April 24, 2014

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Getty Research Institute Adds 77,000 Images to Open Content Program Collection

The Getty Research Institute, which launched its Open Content Program last August with 4,600 hi-res images, just added 77,000 more from two frequently used collections.

Morning Notes: Zelinskograph Edition

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An article entitled “It’s no wonder boys aren’t reading–the children’s book market is run by women” is causing quite a stir.

inBloom, Controversial Venture for Collecting Student Data, Is Shutting Down

Data Privacy: inBloom, the Non-Profit Data Repository for Student Data Shutting Down

Intended to serve as a central clearinghouse of student information, inBloom will shutter, CEO Iwan Streichenberger announced April 21. Earlier this month, inBloom suffered a setback when New York state pulled out of its partnership with the nonprofit founded in 2011 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“Americans Who Read More Electronically Read More,” reports Harris Poll

While the print format is still king among bookworms, those readers who favor the ebook format are more likely to read over 20 books a year (30%) than either those who read more/only in hard copy (18%), according to the poll of 2,234 adults conducted in March 2014.

Fusenews: Not seething with envy. It’s more of a percolation process.

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“So what’s the talk of the town these days? Well the relative brouhaha came about at the end of last week when ReedPOP announced a panel of ‘the world’s biggest children’s authors’ in the field.” Happy National Library Week.

Philadelphia’s Free Library Gives 98,000 Library Cards to Students Without One

In a tough budget year for Philly schools, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the city school district have merged their databases and determined that roughly 98,000 of the district’s 136,000 students don’t have library cards. On April 15, the library and district began distributing personalized library cards to every student without one, reports Newsworks.

Google Reveals Email Scanning Practices in New Terms of Service

Google updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads, reports Reuters.

Sue Townsend, Author of the ‘Original Bridget Jones’ Series, Passes Away at 68

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Sue Townsend, author of the wildly popular British YA “Adrian Mole” book series, died April 10 in Leicester, England after a stroke. She was 68 years old.

‘More Truth-y than Truthful’: Stephen Colbert Rips Into Common Core—and Melinda Gates Tweets Back

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On April 8, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert ripped into the Common Core State Standards. Melinda Gates, one of Common Core’s biggest proponents, tweeted back her response.

New Digital Product: Capstone Unveils Database Module PebbleGo Next and Prelaunch Special

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Capstone, a children’s books and digital products publisher, announced today—April 10—at the Texas Library Association that a new product, PebbleGo Next,™ its newest database module for grades 3-6, will debut this upcoming fall.

Fusenews: All you need is love (and books before the age of 3)

Fusenews: All you need is love (and books before the age of 3)

The latest roundup by Betsy Bird of A Fuse #8 Production.

Scholastic Presents Math@Work: ‘Top Chef’ Hosted Webcast Tying Classroom Math to Culinary Careers

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Register now for Scholastic’s April 29 webcast of Math@Work in which The Chew’s Carla Hall and recent Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi get together with three NYC high school students to create healthy dishes and discover the links between classroom math and the careers they aspire to.

No More Due Process for Kansas Teachers?

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House Bill 2506 is a school finance bill that was narrowly passed by the Kansas state legislature late on April 6, allowing teachers to be terminated without due process. Whether Kansas Governor Brownback will sign the measure remains to be seen.

Queens Public Library Board Votes Not to Suspend the Library’s Director, Thomas Galante

” Following a five-hour meeting, much of it behind closed doors, the library’s board voted 9-9 not to force director Thomas Galante to take a leave of absence,” according to the New York Daily News.

Banned Books Week Grant Applications Due April 30

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The Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund is disbursing grants to organizations to assist them stage “Read-Outs” or other events for this year’s Banned Books Week (September 21 – 27).

Announcing SLJ’s 2014 School Librarian of the Year Award: Could It Be You?

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School Library Journal and Scholastic Library Publishing join forces to announce the SLJ School Librarian of the Year Award.

ALA Responds to Rep. Paul Ryan’s Proposed Elimination of IMLS

Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) has urged cutting federal support for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In Ryan’s own state of Wisconsin, more than 65 percent of libraries report that they are the only free access point to Internet in their communities, stated American Library Asssociation president Barbara Stripling in her response to Ryan’s proposed budget, released April 1.

Mackin Educational Ups Its Game with an Additional 2,000 Ebooks

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Mackin Educational Resources announces the inclusion of DK Publishing ebooks—adding 2,000 ebooks to its offerings.

Cengage Learning Exits Chapter 11, Completes Restructuring

Cengage Learning announced today that it has emerged from Chapter 11, having completed its financial restructuring.

SLJ’s Average Book Prices 2014

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The numbers you put to work every year are here. See the list of average book prices for 2013 and 2014 to date, produced in partnership with Baker & Taylor.