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Libraries and the Internet of Things

OCLC – Libraries and the Internet of Things (IoT) – What does a world where billions of everyday objects connect to each other and share information mean for libraries? IoT presents major opportunities for libraries to connect their services to more people—and things—in more places than ever before. [Download the entire issue in PDF], Issue 24 May 2015.


Is your library a ‘Thing’? – It’s important for your library to be a ‘Thing’ and not a ‘String’ if you want to connect with users on the Web.

Shining a light on the essential work libraries do
Programs like the Outside the Box initiative give libraries a chance to do more community outreach. And new programs are equipping libraries to lead learning initiatives for information workers.

OCLC acquires Sustainable Collection Services
With this acquisition, OCLC is accelerating its initiative to help its members work together to accomplish their shared-print objectives.

Congressional Primer on Responding to Major Disasters and Emergencies

CRS – Congressional Primer on Responding to Major Disasters and Emergencies. Francis X. McCarthy, Analyst in Emergency Management Policy; Jared T. Brown, Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy. May 19, 2015. “The principles of disaster management assume a leadership role by the local, tribal, and state governments with the federal government providing coordinatedContinue Reading

Library Services Platforms – A Maturing Genre of Products

ALA’s Library Technology Reports May/June 2015 (Vol. 51, No.4) by Marshall Breeding “This issue of Library Technology Reports covers a variety of issues related to the genre of library services platforms. These products represent the latest wave of automation systems for libraries that depart in many ways from those of the previous era and thatContinue Reading

Fixing Europe’s Youth Unemployment and Skills Mismatch

Floreani, Vincent Arthur, Fixing Europe’s Youth Unemployment and Skills Mismatch, Can Public Financial Support to SMEs Be Effective? The Case of the European Commission and European Investment Bank Joint Initiatives (April 1, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: ““We risk having a generation that hasn’t held a job. Personal dignity comes from working […]Continue Reading

On the Road to ‘Pre-K for All': The Launch of UPK in New York City

Crawford, Susan P. and Lader, Mary-Catherine and Smith, Maria, On the Road to ‘Pre-K for All': The Launch of UPK in New York City (May 24, 2015). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2015-9. Available for download at SSRN: Executive Summary “Over the spring and summer of 2014, New York City put in place aContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – IRS Internal Controls, Medicaid, Navy Force Structure

Management Report: Improvements Are Needed to Enhance the Internal Revenue Service’s Internal Control over Financial Reporting, GAO-15-480R: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: May 29, 2015. Medicaid: Additional Actions Needed to Help Improve Provider and Beneficiary Fraud Controls, GAO-15-313: Published: May 14, 2015. Publicly Released: May 29, 2015. Navy Force Structure: Sustainable Plan and ComprehensiveContinue Reading

The big four banks: The evolution of the financial sector, Part I

Martin Neil Baily, William Bekker and Sarah E. Holmes – Brookings – May 26, 2015. “This research looks at how the financial sector has evolved over the periods both before and after the financial crisis of 2007-8.  This paper is the first in a series, examining the balance sheets of the four largest banks; itContinue Reading

Trademark Functionality Reexamined

Bone, Robert G., Trademark Functionality Reexamined (May 28, 2015). Journal of Legal Analysis, Forthcoming ; U of Texas Law, Law and Econ Research Paper No. E557. Available for download at SSRN: “The functionality doctrine in trademark law bars protection for some, but not all, source-identifying product features—so-called trade dress—that contribute to a product’s functionalContinue Reading

Development and Validation of a Smartphone-Based Visual Acuity Test

Development and Validation of a Smartphone-Based Visual Acuity Test (Peek Acuity) for Clinical Practice and Community-Based Fieldwork – JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online May 28, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015 “Visual acuity (VA) is the most frequently performed measure of visual function in clinical practice. Visual acuity measurements are used to establish the need for clinical investigation and quantifyContinue Reading

Search awarded hourly rates for labor categories

“CALC lets you conduct market research on professional service labor categories more quickly and easily. It also takes the guesswork out of cost estimations — all results shown are actual awarded hourly rates from GSA service schedules — helping you make more informed decisions.” [An official website of the U.S. Government]

UN Report Champions Encryption and Anonymity

EPIC – “The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression released a report today supporting strong encryption and anonymity tools. The Rapporteur finds that, “States should not restrict encryption and anonymity, which facilitate and often enable the rights to freedom of opinion and expression.” EPIC previously urged the UN to support secure, anonymous communications, stating,Continue Reading

21.3 Percent of U.S. Population Participates in Government Assistance Programs Each Month

“Approximately 52.2 million (or 21.3 percent) people in the U.S. participated in major means-tested government assistance programs each month in 2012, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. Participation rates were highest for Medicaid (15.3 percent) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program (13.4 percent). The averageContinue Reading