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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Librarian's Journey Raises Money for Refugee Library
by John Charlton
Touched by the plight of refugees stranded in Greece, Simon Cloudesley, Bodleian Libraries' assistant for reader services, decided to do something to help meet their educational needs. He put on his walking shoes and strode 114 miles from the Bodleian in Oxford, England, to the British Library in central London to raise thousands of pounds for a mobile library in Athens that caters to refugees.

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UNESCO and NAMLE Plan Media Literacy Events
UNESCO announced that Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2017 will be Oct. 25-Nov. 1. The sixth annual event's theme is Media and Information Literacy in Critical Times: Re-imagining Ways of Learning and Information Environments.
Directories for Publications by Marginalized Communities Will Soon Debut
The Educopia Institute and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) are working on digital directories for African-American and LGBT+ newspapers and periodicals that are in print, microfilm, and digital formats.
Adam Matthew Starts Using Handwritten Text Recognition
Adam Matthew is using artificial intelligence to add full-text search technology--handwritten text recognition (HTR)--to its digital manuscript collections, starting with Colonial America's third module, The American Revolution.
ALA Taps New Strategic Advisors
Jon Peha and Sari Feldman became senior fellows of ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). They are tasked with providing "strategic advice on our national policy advocacy," according to Alan Inouye, OITP's director.
Elsevier Rolls Out ScienceDirect Topics for Quick Information Retrieval
Elsevier introduced ScienceDirect Topics, a free layer of content that gives researchers and scientists a quick snapshot of definitions, related terms, and relevant excerpts on scientific topics (from Elsevier's books) so they can get up-to-speed on subjects outside of their own disciplines.

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Climbing Into the Future at Muncie Public Library
by Brandi Scardilli
Every library innovates in its own way based on its resources, patron demographics, and funding. At the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, these projects are celebrated during an awards ceremony. Information Today, Inc. is one of the companies sponsoring an award, and this year, it went to an initiative that promotes gamified STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) learning for young patrons.

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