Monthly Archives: June 2018

It’s Juneteenth! Celebrate by reading



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Never heard of Juneteenth? Here’s Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discussing how this day came to honor the emancipation of enslaved blacks in the United States after the end of the Civil War in 1865.  Texas declared June 19th a holiday back in 1979 and this day came to be celebrated as “Freedom Day” or “Juneteenth.”

To read more about the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery, there are plenty of great resources, including books, in the library. Don’t hesitate to ask a librarian to help you!



New data protection rules

If you are on social media or have purchased goods online at any point, you’ve probably noticed the dozens of emails about new private policy user agreements flooding your inbox. After deleting all of them immediately (no shame), you should now take a quick look at what is actually going on.

Essentially, these emails are informing you on how the websites you use collect and share your personal information, and how that will change under the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR for short. Read the article below from Wired to learn how these updated privacy regulations allow for more transparency and protection when handling your own data online.

Although the article is about the UK specifically, much of this applies internationally, since many websites service multiple countries (eBay, Facebook, Etsy, etc.)  Here’s an article from Forbes that explains the complex regulations from a US angle.

What is GDPR? The summary guide to GDPR compliance in the UK

General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, have overhauled how businesses process and handle data. Our need-to-know GDPR guide explains what the changes mean for you


Europe’s data protection rules are undergoing sweeping changes. To keep up with the huge amount of digital data being created, rules across the continent have been re-written and are due to be enforced. From May 25, 2018, the new mutually agreed European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will update personal data rules.

GDPR will bring outdated personal data laws across the EU up to speed with an increasingly digital era. The previous data protection laws were put in place during the 1990s and haven’t been able to keep pace with the levels of technological change… more.