Transgender woman sues library, insurance provider over surgery cost

“A transgender woman who works for Hamilton County’s public library system is suing her employer and its insurer over a refusal to cover sex reassignment surgery.” Rachel Dovel said in April that she had been urging the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to cover her gender confirmation surgery since last year.She’s been transitioning from a man, known as Nathan, to a transgender woman since 2014.” (via WLWT)

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Miami Libraries Cut Approval Plan

“Inflated prices and a stagnant budget have led to a significant cut in funding that is diminishing the book-buying power of Miami University libraries.While the budget for Miami’s libraries has remained flat since 2010, at around $4.7 million, the cost of periodicals and academic journals has increased by about 6 percent per year over that same period.” (via Oxford, OH Patch)

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Debate about use of librarian’s donation to UNH continues

“Students at the University of New Hampshire are still talking about the $4 million gift a frugal librarian left to the school when he died last year.Hannah Lacey and Keegan Fecher were studying at Dimond Library where cataloguer Robert Morin worked for nearly 50 years Friday afternoon. They said they heard the story about how he amassed his wealth by driving an older vehicle and eating frozen dinners. Fecher said students are opposed to the administration’s decision to use a quarter of the money on a new video scoreboard for Wildcat Stadium, not seeing the connection between a librarian and football, even though he understands the school’s perspective.” (via New Hampshire)

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Former librarian turned venture capitalist helps women win lead role in China venture industry

“The largest venture capital fund ever raised by a woman isn’t in Silicon Valley or even the U.S. It’s in Beijing and is run by a former librarian who keeps such a low profile that she’s a mystery in her native China.Chen Xiaohong rarely attends industry conferences or events. She hadn’t given a media interview in more than a decade until agreeing to break her silence this summer. “I don’t like being part of a club,” said Chen during a four-hour discussion at her firm’s headquarters. “I believe in staying independent, making your own decisions.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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‘I’m in book heaven.’ How one reading specialist seeks to change lives through a new library at an L.A. County juvenile hall

“On one wall of her small classroom at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, Zoila Gallegos had set up a makeshift library, but it was never enough. Gallegos, a reading specialist with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, has worked at the juvenile lockup in Downey for the past nine years. A child of immigrants who grew up in South Los Angeles, she struggled with English and reading and with the poverty and violence in her neighborhood. She was the first in her family to graduate from high school.” (via LA Times)

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