US court grants Elsevier millions in damages from Sci-Hub

“One of the world’s largest science publishers, Elsevier, won a default legal judgement on 21 June against websites that provide illicit access to tens of millions of research papers and books. A New York district court awarded Elsevier US$15 million in damages for copyright infringement by Sci-Hub, the Library of Genesis (LibGen) project and related sites.Judge Robert Sweet had ruled in October 2015 that the sites violate US copyright. The court issued a preliminary injunction against the sites’ operators, who nevertheless continued to provide unauthorized free access to paywalled content. Alexandra Elbakyan, a former neuroscientist who started Sci-Hub in 2011, operates the site out of Russia, using varying domain names and IP addresses.” (via Nature)

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Anne Frank’s Diary At 75

“It’s been 75 years since 13-year-old Anne Frank sat down to write her first diary entry about hiding during World War II. Today, her legacy is carried on at an elementary school in Philadelphia.” (via NPR)

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Millennials Are Using Public Libraries More Than Any Other Generation

“Most likely to prioritize avocado toast over home ownership. Most likely to hate cereal. Millennials get stuck with the most grating superlatives, but according to a Pew Research Center report from last fall, they’re getting a lot of things right, too. The generation frequents public libraries more often than members of any other age group.A blog published on the center’s site on Wednesday says, “53% of Millennials (those ages 18 to 35 at the time) say they used a library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months. That compares with 45% of Gen Xers, 43% of Baby Boomers and 36% of those in the Silent Generation.” (via HuffPost)

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To boost libraries, N.J. lawmakers push $125M bond issue

“New Jersey lawmakers, seeking to help public libraries stay relevant, are pushing for additional funding for new building and technology upgrades to lure people to visit for more services than just books to take home. A bill that would provide grants to build, expand, or equip public libraries across the state won approval this week from an Assembly committee, and supporters hope to fast-track the measure and put it before voters on the November ballot. If approved, it would mark the first time in 15 years that such funding would be available for New Jersey’s public libraries.”
(via Philly.com)

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Avid readers take on big job of building little libraries

“Teens from Burbank and surrounding communities have come together this summer to build three Little Free Libraries in a project run by the Burbank Public Library. Once completed, each will be placed in locations throughout the city and filled with books to be shared by those passing by them.The wooden boxes will be installed by city employees at three locations — the Downtown MetroLink Station, the rose garden median at Scott Road and Glenoaks Boulevard and the Chandler Bikeway. The teens will choose the books to be placed in each and it is hoped that people taking a free book will leave one off in its place.” (via LA Times)

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