The Denver Post reports that “… Pornography is Not Education, a parent group led by the Patersons, alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Arapahoe County District Court that databases provided by EBSCO Industries Inc., and distributed by the consortium, contain erotic and BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadomasochism) stories that could be located through innocent searches by kids and their parents.
According to ARL News “the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) celebrates the signing of the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act by President Trump. Earlier this year, the US Senate unanimously ratified the Marrakesh Treaty and with the US House of Representatives passed the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act, S. 2559. As an organization dedicated to achieving enduring and barrier-free access to information, ARL welcomes this next step toward ratification and implementation…”
infoDOCKET notes that “the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape is an historic collection of close to 800 audio recordings of Luso-Hispanic writers. Since its inception in 1943, curators in the Hispanic Division have continued expanding on this project by recording, in the Library’s recording lab and abroad, some of the most important writers and poets of the 20th and 21st centuries. “… efforts to digitize this collection are ongoing, and with the 2018 launch, there are now 200 recordings available via online streaming…”
Also according to infoDOCKET “the Trump administration defended the Federal Communications Commission repeal of landmark open internet rules known as net neutrality, urging a federal appeals court to reject a challenge.
In a 167-page court filing late on Thursday, the Justice Department and FCC urged the court to reject the suit filed by 22 states, the District of Columbia, Mozilla Corp, Vimeo Inc, public interest groups and local governments…”
In addition infoDOCKET reports that “over the past three months, SPARC and our member libraries have worked to document OER adoptions over time. More than 100 organizations and individuals contributed to this effort, resulting in information on OER use at more than 4000 institutions, primarily in the U.S. and Canada but also all around the world.
Today we are thrilled to share that the data show that the OER movement has saved students, parents, schools and governments at least $1 billion dollars.
ACRL announces the publication of Institutional Repositories, compiled and edited by Brighid M. Gonzales. The title is book number 44 in ACRL’s CLIPP series (formerly called “CLIP Notes”). This book focuses exclusively on institutional repositories at colleges and small universities by collecting relevant survey data about the planning, funding, staffing, and implementation of repositories at these institutions, as well as documentation on best practices, policies, guidelines, and other information germane to the deployment of an institutional repository in an environment focused primarily on teaching…”
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Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.