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2001 - Laura Bush becomes the first librarian to reside in the White House when her husband, George W. Bush, is sworn into office as the 43rd President of the United States on January 20, 2001.


2001 - Congress passes the USA Patriot Act, which allows for the seizure of library records for foreign intelligence and international terrorism investigations under Section 215.


2003 - On June 25th, the American Library Association passes their Resolution on Libraries and Cultural Resources In Iraq speaking out against the destruction of libraries and other cultural centers in Iraq.


2003 - Katia Roberto and Jessamyn West release Revolting Librarians Redux, a sequel to 1972's original Revolting Librarians.


2005 - The Salinas Public Libary System narrowly escapes having to close all of its locations due to a lack of funding. To date, no US city has ever closed down their entire library system for this reason.


Nov. 2005 - Library of Congress announces "Rare Book" digitization project.


Dec. 17, 2005 - Former UW-Madison SLIS professor Margaret Monroe dies at the age of 90.


2006 - UW-Madison SLIS hosts an innovative library history course.


April 22, 2006--Henriette Avram, the leader of the Library of Congress team that invented MARC, Machine Readable Cataloging, died. See the obituary at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/27/AR2006042702105_pf.html

When you DO read the obituary, note then name of Beacher Wiggins, SLIS graduate and his lofty position in the Library of Congress.


May 3, 2006 - RLG (Research Libraries Group) annouces their plans to combine with OCLC Online Computer Library Center, that they can combine their programs and services to better aid libraries, museums, archives, and other such institutions across the globe.


2006 - Laura Bush announces grants to help revitalize school libraries devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.


2007 - Amazon.com releases their version of an electronic book reading device in November. The Kindle sold out within the first few hours of its release and Amazon was unable to restock the item until April of 2008. The impact the paperless book will have on libraries is unclear.


2012- Visions of the Library of the Future 2012 are very complex, with ideas that the library will become more "place centered" and feature even more technology.



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