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LibraryXXXIn the not-so-distant future, you or your library's patrons may happen across websites with domain names ending in .xxx (for adult entertainment). ICANN, the organization that regulates domain names, is making it possible to have new top-level domains (other than the usual ones we are already familiar with like .com, .org, .net, .info, etc.), and .xxx is the first example.

Some academic institutions are now buying .xxx domain names matching their .com or .edu names to prevent them from being appropriated by the adult entertainment industry or purchased by cybersquatters (people who register domain names speculatively with the hope of selling them later for big bucks).

I'm not advocating that your library do the same thing, unless you believe it is critical for serving your patrons. The important thing is to be aware that this type of domain name is available, you have the choice to purchase it or not, and this type of choice may become more common in the future as additional as-yet-undetermined top-level domains become available in the future.

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