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Libraries Are Increasing Usage by Going Fine-Free
by Corilee Christou
Through the years, public librarians have struggled with the idea of charging fines and fees for late, lost, and damaged materials. Today, many libraries have decided to eliminate certain fines and/or fees. How they remove them, for whom, and for what types of materials vary from library to library.

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A Minnesota Library Considers Going Fine-Free
David Chanen writes the following for Minnesota's Star Tribune: "Hennepin County officials are considering the elimination of overdue library fees and amnesty for patrons who already owe money."
The University of California Sends a Message to Elsevier
Robert Sanders writes the following for the University of California-Berkeley: "A group of prominent University of California [UC] faculty say they will step away from the editorial boards of scientific journals published by Elsevier until the publishing giant agrees to restart negotiations. ..."
APA Studies Reveal How Hard It Is to Talk About Climate Change
The American Psychological Association (APA) released two study results from recent conference sessions finding that "[h]aving productive conversations about climate change isn't only challenging when dealing with skeptics, it can also be difficult for environmentalists."
The MIT Press Releases Report on Open Source Software
The MIT Press published "Mind the Gap: A Landscape Analysis of Open Source Publishing Tools and Platforms," which "catalogs and analyzes all available open-source software for publishing. ..."
ProQuest Rialto Draws Publisher Partners
ProQuest announced the following: "A group of renowned global academic publishers have announced that they will contribute their expertise to the development of ProQuest Rialto."

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASICS: Teaching Emerging Tech at NCSU Libraries
by Brandi Scardilli
Imagine that you notice a need for technical skills training at your university. You think that students, faculty members, and staffers should know how to interact with tools such as 3D printers and virtual reality, as well as understand topics such as data science and visualization, if they're going to be able to compete in our digital world. If this sounds familiar, check out what North Carolina State University Libraries (NCSU) is doing. ...
BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASICS: Turning Students Into Readers With the LightSail Literacy Platform
by Brandi Scardilli
Even if we liked reading as a kid, we all have memories of slogging through at least one assignment that just wasn't speaking to us. ... The LightSail literacy platform for grades K-12 aims to make all books entertaining and educational by capitalizing on the gamification of learning. ...
BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASICS: A Do-It-Yourself Approach to STEM Education for Girls
by Brandi Scardilli
Sylvia Aguiñaga never could have predicted that an NPR broadcast would change her life. ... Flash-forward to 2016: Aguiñaga is now serving as DIY Girls' director of curriculum, a position that allows her to create all of the STEM content that is covered at DIY Girls sessions. She makes decisions based on what she thinks the girls will enjoy doing as well as what projects will teach them the tech skills that are the organization's focus.

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