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July 30, 2014

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Library and Education Groups File Net Neutrality Comments with FCC

Concern over net neutrality rules prompted a joint filing by a coalition that includes ALA and EDUCAUSE, with suggestions to ensure the preservation of “an open Internet for libraries, higher education and the communities we serve.”

Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited Ebook Subscription Service

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Upon the announcement of Amazon’s ebook subscription program Kindle Unlimited, Gary Price, INFOdocket editor, writes “Are libraries ready to compete with these services?”

Listen Up! Music Vault Adds 13,000 Live Concert Videos to YouTube

The collection features 2,000 hours of exclusive video of artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen and The Who to Metallica and The Roots.

Horizon Report Cites Top Trends—and Major Challenges— in Ed Tech

Info Technology Forecast: 2014 NMC Horizon Report K-12 Edition Published and Available Online

The 2014 Horizon Report identifies “Rethinking the Role of Teachers” and the “Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches” as major trends. Competition from new education models and student data privacy are among the challenges related to ed tech adoption in K-12 schools.

Top Instructors to Teach Free MOOC on Copyright for Educators & Librarians

Registration is now open for the four-week Coursera MOOC, which runs from July 21 to August 18, 2014.

Beginning Next Month an All-Star Lineup of Instructors Will Teach a “Copyright for Educators & Librarians” MOOC, Registration Now Open

If you’re interested in learning about copyright and library issues from three highly-respected professionals then this MOOC is or you. This is an all-star faculty lineup if there ever was one. The MOOC is titled, “Copyright for Educators & Librarians” and is free. Registration is now open. Kevin Smith, Duke University;  Anne Gilliland, University of North Carolina Chapel […]

Audio and Video: Maya Angelou, Appearances and Interviews

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Selected interviews and appearances by Maya Angelou, who passed away on May 28, 2014.

Oyster and Scribd Add 10,000+ Titles from Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster is making its entire ebook backlist—over 10,000 titles—available through Scribd and Oyster, reports Gigaom.

Gale Databases Coming to Texas K-12 Public Schools, Statewide Licensing Deal Announced

More than five million Texas public school students in over 9,000 schools will have online access to 15 Gale databases and a collection of ebooks from Gale Virtual Reference Library beginning June 15.

Chicago-Based Inventables to Donate 3D Carving Machines to Libraries and Public Maker Spaces in All 50 States

From the Chicago Tribune: Chicago-based Inventables says it plans to give away 3D carving machines to libraries and other public maker spaces in all 50 states. CEO Zach Kaplan says the inspiration comes from the success of the Chicago Public Library’s Maker Lab, winner of the Social Innovator Award at the 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards. His […]

Gates Foundation Ending Global Libraries Program Over Next 3-5 Years

On May 7, the director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries Program, Deborah Jacobs, posted a blog on the Gates Foundation website announcing the conclusion of the foundation’s work in the Global Libraries Program over the next 3 – 5 years. To date, the program has reached more than 13,000 public libraries in nearly 20 countries, many developing and transitioning.

Proposed San Diego Public Library Budget Shifts $500K from Books Fund to New Tutoring Program

On May 7, San Diego City Council members praised the mayor for his proposed budget for libraries that earmarks approximately $3M for acquisitions, but concern was expressed over $500K of the funds being redirected to pay for a pilot afterschool tutoring program.

Harlequin Sold to News Corp, Will Be Run as Division of HarperCollins

Torstar Corp., owner of the Toronto Star and other newspapers, is selling the Harlequin book publishing company for $455 million [$414/USD] to global media company News Corp, reports the CBC.

Google Announces It has Stopped Mining Student Gmail

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Following a lawsuit filed last year against Google by students and other Gmail users in California claiming Google’s data-mining of student email violated wiretaps laws, Google has announced it has ceased data mining students’ Gmail.

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.

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.

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.

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.