Senators introduce bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act of 2017;  *UK Government “Admits ‘Losing’ Thousands of Papers from National Archives”;  *Library of Congress Makes Announcement Re: Twitter Archive Acquired in 2010 and Changes to Collection Policy;  *Governor’s Supplemental Budget Request Includes $20 Million to Renovate University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Sinclair Library*Amazon Launches Beta Program to Publish eBooks in Arabic; Cengage Launching an Unlimited Digital Textbook Service; and Miami University Library Hosts Esports Arena; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


District Dispatch reports that “acknowledging the critical role of libraries as anchor institutions in communities across the nation, a group of senators under the leadership of Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act of 2017 (S. 2271)…”


According to infoDOCKET “thousands of government papers detailing some of the most controversial episodes in 20th-century British history have vanished after civil servants removed them from the country’s National Archives and then reported them as lost.

Documents concerning the Falklands war, Northern Ireland’s Troubles and the infamous Zinoviev letter – in which MI6 officers plotted to bring about the downfall of the first Labour government – are all said to have been misplaced.


infoDOCKET also reports that “…the Library of Congress now has a secure collection of tweet text, documenting the first 12 years (2006-2017) of this dynamic communications channel (Twitter) —its emergence, its applications and its evolution.

[Our emphasis] Today, we announce a change in collections practice for Twitter. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the Library will acquire tweets on a selective basis—similar to our collections of web sites…”


In addition, infoDOCKET notes that “of the $120 million Gov. David Ige proposes to spend on capital projects at the University of Hawaii in his supplemental budget request, $20 million would go toward renovating and modernizing a 60-year-old library on the Manoa campus.

With its expansive first-floor foyer brightly lit by tall jalousie windows, and its worn pleather armchairs and cubicles, Sinclair Library has morphed from a place to borrow books to an all-night study spot…”


GoodE-Reader reports that “Amazon is launching a new beta program for authors and publishers who use Kindle Direct Publishing to submit ebooks in Arabic. These digital titles will have a built in font that will allow Arabic users to increase the font size, margins and everything else. The ebooks will be able to be read on the Kindle, Fire Tablet and various Kindle apps for Android and iOS…”


Also according to Good E-Reader textbook publisher Cengage is going to “launch an unlimited service in 2018. They will offer 20,000 digital textbooks across 70 disciplines at a cost of $119.99 a semester, or $179.99 for 12 months, offering potentially sizeable savings over buying or renting individual products…”


Library Journal reports that “The King Library at Miami University (MU), OH, recently debuted a state-of-the-art esports arena prominently located on the library’s first floor. Developed in partnership with the university’s Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS) and IT services department, the new facility is home to the Miami Redhawks esports program, which attained varsity status in 2016. It features 16 gaming stations, along with two large-screen TVs for viewing in-progress games and reviewing recordings of prior competitions…”