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Edward St. Aubyn's 'A Clue To The Exit' Is Released In The U.S.

NPR Books - 6 hours 11 min ago

Charlie Fairburn has been told he has six months to live. He's the central character in Edward St. Aubyn's new novel, A Clue to the Exit. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about the book.

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Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century

NPR Books - 6 hours 12 min ago

The famed novelist says that at 85 she no longer has the energy to write another book, but she's just released a revised and updated edition of her manual for aspiring writers, Steering the Craft.

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The Sounds Of A Murder: News Or Not?

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 22 min ago

Here's how NPR thought through whether the gunshots that killed two TV journalists should be replayed on the radio and online.

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50 Percent Off A College Education? Not Such A Good Deal After All

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 47 min ago

Why so many private colleges are giving out massive discounts.

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No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 12 min ago

A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.

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The Gentlemen Bastards Unfold Sumptuous Stories Within Stories

NPR Books - 7 hours 12 min ago

This weekend, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Scott Lynch's swashbuckling Gentleman Bastard series, a combination fantasy of manners, heist caper and heartfelt buddy comedy. With pirates.

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Making Sense Of A Tragedy, One Narrator At A Time

NPR Books - 7 hours 12 min ago

June Reid has lost everyone she loves in one horrifying moment, but she's not the only one grieving. Bill Clegg's new novel tells of June's loss through the voices of those who know and encounter her.

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For Inca Road Builders, Extreme Terrain Was No Obstacle

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 27 min ago

A new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian highlights the engineering prowess of the Inca, whose great road once spanned mountains, deserts and forests in 6 South American countries.

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Egyptian Court Sentences 3 Al-Jazeera Journalists To 3 Years In Prison

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 19 min ago

Saturday's ruling in Cairo is the latest twist in a long-running trial which was criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.

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Sam Clovis: I Trust Trump To Go To Washington And Change Things

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 2 min ago

Donald Trump's Republican presidential campaign continues to lead in the polls, and this week Trump hired Sam Clovis to be his national campaign co-chairman. A week ago, Clovis worked for Rick Perry.

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High-Profile Russian Trials Bring International Criticism

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 24 min ago

The conviction of a Ukrainian filmmaker is one of several cases in Russia that have drawn protests from human-rights groups and Western governments, including the U.S.

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Tropical Storm Erika May Fall Apart Over Hispaniola; Dominica Deaths At 20

NPR Top Stories - 13 hours 40 min ago

The storm caused devastating flooding and landslides on the tiny island early this week, but may pose less of a threat to Florida, according to National Weather Service forecasts.

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Scientist Who Wrote Protest Song About Canada's PM Is Put On Leave

NPR Top Stories - 17 hours 32 min ago

Tony Turner wrote and sang "Harperman," leading a (barefooted) choir through lyrics that ask questions such as "Who squashes all dissent?" and "Who muzzles all the scientists?"

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Worsening Wildfire Seasons Tax The Forest Service

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2015 - 2:16pm

The agency says it's now spending record amounts on fire suppression, and these bills are coming at the expense of its other programs — many of which would help prevent future wildfires.

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NHL Hall-Of-Fame Coach Al Arbour Dies At Age 82

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2015 - 2:07pm

The long-time coach of the New York Islanders won four Stanley Cup championships with the team — after winning four as a player.

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On Wall Street: Not Much Fun, But It Sure Was Interesting

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2015 - 2:01pm

Markets have been seeing some of the biggest stock-price swings in years. And economists say the extreme volatility is starting to weigh down consumer confidence.

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Recent Changes at LiLI.org

Idaho Commission for Libraries Blog - August 28, 2015 - 1:42pm
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By Gina Persichini, Technology & Access Services Consultant

LiLI.org has seen a lot of changes this year. Here is a recap of new content, and information about what you might see for the LiLI Portal in the near future:

Content and Database Changes During 2015
  • American Decades Primary Sources – This new title to the Gale Virtual Reference Library collection covers the first decade of the twenty-first century from monumental events and groundbreaking individuals to the details of Americans’ daily lives.
  • Middle East Conflict – A new title to the Gale Virtual Reference Library collection, it provides a comprehensive and objective overview of the people, events, and documents that are key to understanding the complex relationship of the countries and cultures of the Middle East.
  • Explora Primary – Ebsco’s new interface for students in primary grades. Explora Primary replaces the Searchasaurus and Kid Search interfaces used in the past. This new interface provides a simple search for articles, essays, and primary source materials to support student learning and research. New topic overviews provide a great starting point for information seeking. 
  • Explora Secondary – Ebsco’s new interface for students in secondary grades.  Explora Secondary replaces Kid Search and Student Research Center interfaces used previously.  The new mobile-friendly design provides simple search, topic overviews, and relevant results to support classroom learning.
  • Explora Public – In the LiLI Portal, Explora Public is your one-stop shop interface for articles, primary sources, and a variety of resources to meet the information needs of library users. Explora Public is linked to most of the LiLI databases acquired through Ebsco. For those users that remember the front-page search on LiLI.org from the past, Explora Public is the most similar in terms of scope of coverage for a single search.
  • Chilton Library – Auto repair content at LiLI.org is now provided through Chilton Library. This reference tools includes information on vehicles dating back to the 1940s. Find repair diagrams, maintenance schedules and more for your automotive reference needs in this new addition to LiLI.org.
What’s Next for LiLI.org?
  • With new additions to the LiLI Portal, ICfL staff will be reviewing the organization of databases in each of the “User Groups” and “Topics” on the site with the intent to simplify categories with the most popular tools listed to avoid overwhelming users with long lists. 
  • More tutorials will be added to the LiLI Tutorials page at http://guides.lili.org/lilitutorials
  • Information about adding MARC records for LiLI resources will be added to the LiLI Databases website at http://libraries.idaho.gov/page/lili-databases.
  • Branding instructions for properly attributing the “funded by LiLI” information to libraries’ websites will be updated with more options and flexibility.

We look forward to improving the LiLI.org and LiLI Database experience for all Idaho users.

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Publications Available from Office of Attorney General

Idaho Commission for Libraries Blog - August 28, 2015 - 1:21pm
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The Office of the Attorney General recently published several manuals of interest to public libraries:

  • Idaho Open Meeting Law Manual at www.ag.idaho.gov/publications/legalManuals/OpenMeeting.pdf:
    The Idaho Open Meeting Law was designed to ensure transparency of the legislative and administrative processes within state and local governments. It codifies a simple, but fundamental, Idaho value that “the public’s business ought to be done in public.”
  • Idaho Ethics in Government Manual at www.ag.idaho.gov/publications/legalManuals/EthicsInGovernment.pdf
    This manual includes Idaho’s three primary statutes governing ethics in government: the Bribery and Corrupt Influence Act; the Prohibition Against Contracts with Officers Act; and the Ethics in Government Act.
  • Idaho Public Records Law Manual at www.ag.idaho.gov/publications/legalManuals/PublicRecordsLaw.pdf:
    In 2015, the Legislature re-codified the public records law to provide one place for citizens to find laws relating to government transparency. Those changes are incorporated in this new edition of the Idaho Public Records Law Manual.

To request a hardcopy of these publications, go to the Office of the Attorney General’s online contact form at www.ag.idaho.gov/onlineForms/contactAG.htm.

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#NPRreads: Middle East Air Quality, Lead Poisoning, And Jell-O

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2015 - 1:03pm

Around the newsroom and around the world, here's what we're reading this week.

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In A Remote Part Of Washington, A Scramble To Save Cattle From Flames

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2015 - 1:01pm

More than 1,000 square miles of wildfires are burning in the state. In the isolated Okanogan Valley, where power and phone lines have burned, cattle ranchers are doing what they can to spare herds.

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