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2016-08-30 Beccas Tweet...is what its all about for us.

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Libraries fear that the feds will go after your data/ @internetarchive suggests duplicating the Internet.|@McClatchyDC #in


Think you don't need to worry about your on-line security because you "have nothing to hide", you are just a 'normal person' who hasn't done anything 'wrong'?

Then, consider this...

"... San Francisco-based Internet Archive ... http://bit.ly/2gVI2wC  ... announced a drive to raise $5 million to set up a mirror repository of the entire internet and place it in Canada for safety."

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article118566728.html?utm_campaign=newsletter_subscription&utm_medium=email&utm_source=app#storylink=cpy

Here is the McClatchy.org link to the story

ScrnGrbCrd: mcclatchydc.com

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Mozilla's NYC 'Glass Room' Reveals Internet's Dark Side |@fastcompany, @mozilla theglassroomnyc.org #in

IoT linked devices pose real and consequential risks to personal privacy.

Mozilla's mission has consistently been to safeguard our information and privacy in the interconnected on-line world and to educate users so we can make informed choices about what we purchase and use.

Their NOLITA pop-up 'shop' "Glass Room" (201 Mulberry St., NYC, open 'til 14 Dec.] shines a very hands-on light on the murky and intentionally shifting world of data mining, the erosion of personal information and our right to privacy.‎ It may look like an Apple Store from the street but once inside you will learn just how some of the products offered to keep you 'connected' will, in fact, erode your privacy and could, in the wrong hands, take away some of that freedom you seek by joining connected communities.

Give it a look. See what the company who sells you that device sees, knows and can sell about you!

L‎ibrarians, especially those who have joined the profession in the Internet Age, understand the importance of being well informed about what personal information devices and applications collect and sell (it's called 'monetization' in the data harvesting industry). However we still meet many people who do not know the risks associated with their apps and devices and how companies collect and share very personal, extremely private information. Kudos to Mozilla for taking this seriously important issue to the streets.

ScrnGrbCred: of disturbing info from article (link above) - fastcodesign.com & Mozilla.org

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'Libraries Deliver: Ambition' an action plan for Public Libraries in England 2016 to 2021

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England is getting Her Library on! 
UK neighbours follow suit.

We could take a page from the experiences these struggling libraries have been enduring for years and what they propose to do about the public's

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@everylibrary Michigan lawyers argue "literacy is not a legal right"

No words can politely express how we feel about this story.

Perhaps the lawyers for Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder and Gov. Snyder himself really are hoping that there will be no one who is even able to read this article:

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Pilot Project: Basic Income for those living below the poverty line, Ontario, Canada| @inhabitat


Ontario's government is trying something different. So should we.

Architects have always honored and celebrated those in their ranks who successfully land Big Splashy Projects bringing awards and lots of money into their firms. This is a necessary part of 'the business'; payrolls have to be met.

Dependence on these sexy, press-grabbing jobs cannot remain the only impetus we have to seek out projects and make a good living to support our employees and families.

Our knowledge and passions can focus on projects that lift up and sustain our society - our democracy. And our cities and towns must support our efforts to offer good, solid and beautiful designs to 'ordinary people'.

Libraries are only one of the cornerstones of this fragile, mutable social concept we call democracy. Affordable, well designed, truly livable housing is another. 

Here is Inhabitat's reporting on Ontario's proposal:

Architects and those who pay them play an essential role in developing beautiful, sustainable, mutable solutions to challenges that accompany Ontario's forward thinking plan.‎ 

Ontario Government's Discussion Paper brought forward by Hugo Segal, here:

Let us hope that in this newly minted world of protectionism, fear of 'the other' and blatant celebration of greed that kudos, recognition and good money can come to those architects who work for the pure pleasure of knowing they have pushed the boundaries of civil discourse through delightful, use able and thoughtful housing design. 

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The Wild State of Maurice Sendak's Estate


The two groups of executors, the estate and the Rosenbaum Museum, who have overlapping responsibilities to settle Maurice Sendak's estate are unable to reach an agreement two and a half years after his death. 

Mr. Sendak had a long standing relationship with ‎the Rosenbach Museum and Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, loaning them books in his collection and the museum featured over 70 exhibitions of his work over decades.

Mr. Sendak's estate claims that the collection he had loaned to the Rosenbach is just that, a loan. The Museum disagrees. 

The courts became involved and "‎...after years of bickering, the probate court ordered that most of the books be returned to the estate...88 of the contested books, including the Potter (Beatrix) books, will stay at the Rosenbach, while 252 will go to the foundation and the estate." (http://bit.ly/2fAKkmA‎)

Read more here at the Philly.com: http://bit.ly/2fCoN9M

However this unfolds, it's certainly going to be a Wild story to add to Mr. Sendak's legacy.

‎Explore the Rosenbach site: https://www.rosenbach.org/

ScrnGrbCrd: Smithsonian.com; Philly.com

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Continued... Library-Apartments in NYC|@atlasobscura/@cbcradio


This time it's the Fort Washington branch of the NYPublicLibrary that has the attention of writer, Sarah Laskow at Atlas Obscura and Brent Bambury at CBC Radio.

These forgotten apartments where people lived with their families and in most cases, took care of the fabulous libraries, have come back into focus. ‎Librarians are beginning to imagine a new purpose for these neglected spaces. 

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Confirmation by digital enhancement: Henry Vlll's lavishly illustrated Aberdeen Bestiary was a teaching text|University of Aberdeen


You have got to see this!
Complete folio, full text, digitized photos of 800 year old The Aberdeen Bestiary - now on line. http://linkis.com/www.abdn.ac.uk/news/taYRx

Examine it to your heart's content, up close and closer!

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US Election and Geography: The mysterious blue curve explained|@RGS_IBG Geographical


I have no idea why 'Geography ' is resonating with me lately. But when I read items like this, I don't care why, I just delight in how much sense it all makes.‎ 

I love how everything fits together; how world scale events affect change in ways none of us could ever foresee.
This is so cool.  

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