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Aaron Swartz, Open Access Leader Dead at 26

Over the weekend, the news of Aaron Swart’s suicide broke. This is tragic news, which should cause us all to pause.

Swartz was originally from Chicagoland. At the age of 14 he wrote some of the code upon which blogs and social media are currently built. In recent years, he has been a vocal leader in ensuring that information is open and free for all people. Many of us in the library community were great admiring of Swartz since we often shared a common cause. Aaron Swartz often took stands on issues that impact all of us even though most of us did not understand the issues.

Here are some links for more information and with remembrances:



Film Blog: Tapped (2009)

Is clean water a right or a privilege? Today in Filmblogland, we look at the documentary film Tapped. This film explores the question of bottled water as a commodity. Should access to clean water be a basic right or should it be sold just like any other commodity? The film looks at those that privatize water and those that need clean water.

Tapped not only covers the subject of water, but the debate on how harmful BPA is to your health. For those of you that haven’t heard about the issue, BPA is a substance found not just in water bottles, but in many other plastic containers. Scientists find that high doses of BPA are linked to obesity, prostate cancer, breast cancer, diabetes etc. (Tapped The Movie 2012). For a trailer of the documentary, view the video below.

For more information about the film, go to

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