Heads up for ... patrons and students tomorrow: Wikipedia will be blacking out tomorrow (January 18th) for 24 hours to protest the proposed SOPA and PIPA bills before Congress.
Wikipedia's release: http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/English_Wikipedia_anti-SOPA_blackout
Here's three resources for more background on the situation:
1. Boing Boing, Reddit, and other online sites will also be blacking out tomorrow: http://boingboing.net/2012/01/14/boing-boing-will-go-dark-on-ja.html
2. How SOPA affects students, educators, and libraries: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/12/how-sopa-affects-students-and-educators
3. A good round-up of perspectives on the situation, including links to the proposed bills: http://hurstassociates.blogspot.com/2012/01/proposed-us-laws-sopa-and-pipa.html
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