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New on LLRX – Underfunded Omaha libraries. National digital library endowment, anyone?

Via LLRX.comIn Warren Buffett’s own backyard: Underfunded Omaha libraries. National digital library endowment, anyone?David Rothman calls out an increasingly pervasive dichotomy of action by some of America’s wealthiest corporate philanthropists in regard to supporting libraries, literacy and equal access to comprehensive public library collections. As Rothman documents, Omaha Public Libraries’ spending per capita is substantially below that of surrounding communities and the current national average on library content spending is $4 per capita – or less than the price of a Big Mac. The National digital library endowment is certainly in need of public and private support on a significant and transparent level, and Rothman continues to advocate for progress to achieve this goal.

New Yorker – How Methods Videos Are Making Science Smarter

Jamie Holmes: “..[The] Journal of Visualized Experiments…[f]ounded in 2006, JOVE now has a database of more than four thousand videos, with about eighty more added each month. They are usually between ten and fifteen minutes long, and they range in subject from biology and chemistry to neuroscience and medicine. “For a scientist trying to explainContinue Reading

Bitcoin and the Uniform Commercial Code

Schroeder, Jeanne L., Bitcoin and the Uniform Commercial Code (August 22, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2649441 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2649441 “Much of the discussion of bitcoin in the popular press has concentrated on its status as a currency. Putting aside a vocal minority of radical libertarians and anarchists, however, many bitcoin enthusiasts are concentrating onContinue Reading

WSJ – Google Plunges Into Home Services Market

WSJ: “Internet users querying Google for terms like “clogged toilet” and “lock repair” now get more than advice on how to fix their problems. Google Inc. is pairing prescreened professionals – plumbers, electricians and other local home-service providers – with desperate clients. The long-awaited addition to its sponsored results, which rolled out Friday in andContinue Reading

NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Library Edition

“The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Library Edition examines key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in technology for their impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. This publication was produced by the NMC in collaboration with University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich. To create the report, an international body of expertsContinue Reading

Injunction against metadata collection reversed by U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit

EFF – “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s opinion [August 28, 2015] in Klayman v. Obama is highly disappointing and, worse, based on a mistaken concern about the underlying facts. The court said that since the plaintiffs’ phone service was provided by one subsidiary of Verizon—Verizon Wireless—rather than another—Verizon Business—they couldn’t prove that theyContinue Reading

Report – Illegal Killing of 25 Million Birds Annually in the Mediterranean

“The BirdLife Partnership presents ”The Killing”, a review based on the first ever comprehensive scientific study to quantify the scale and scope of illegal killing across the Mediterranean region.  The results are gruesome. Despite legal protection, illegal bird killing is taking place at quite extraordinary and unsustainable levels. While many turn a blind eye, an estimated 25 million birds are beingContinue Reading

Fair Use Under Copyright Law: Fair Use Books, Websites and Database Search Results

Via Reference Librarian David Dillard, Temple University: “I have a new Fair Use under Copyright Law Research guide that provides books with links to related content, websites, database search results for this topic as well as database search results for guides in fair use and a list of databases with fair use content and theContinue Reading

UK Medical Heritage Digital Library has more than 26,000 titles

News release: “Pathology, surgery, therapeutics, anatomy, public health – these are some of the top subjects that are covered by the UK Medical Heritage Library (UK-MHL) digitisation project. In July the UK-MHL project reached the halfway point, with over 26,000 titles digitised, resulting in nearly 8 million images. Our goal is to reach 15 millionContinue Reading

Addressing Agency Costs Through Private Litigation in the U.S.

Cox, James D. and Thomas, Randall S., Addressing Agency Costs Through Private Litigation in the U.S: Tensions, Disappointments, and Substitutes (August 26, 2015). Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 15-20. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2651863 “Many scholars argue that over the past seventy years, shareholder representative litigation has acted as an important policingContinue Reading

Continued Bipartisan Support for Expanded Background Checks on Gun Sales

“Two years after the failure of Senate legislation to expand background checks on gun purchases, the public continues to overwhelmingly support making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. Currently, 85% of Americans – including large majorities of Democrats (88%) and Republicans (79%) – favor expanded background checks, little changedContinue Reading

Men catch up with women on overall social media use

“Historically, women have been more avid users of social media than men – a finding consistent across several Pew Research Center surveys. In fact, in November 2010, the gender gap was as large as 15 percentage points. More recent data, however, show that these differences are no longer statistically significant. A new Pew Research CenterContinue Reading