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Daily Archives: November 11, 2013

Introducing a Public Advocate into the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s Courts

Introducing a Public Advocate into the  Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s Courts:  – Select Legal Issues. Andrew Nolan , Legislative Attorney; Richard M. Thompson II , Legislative Attorney; Vivian S. Chu, Legislative Attorney, October 25, 2013.

“Recent revelations about the size and scope of government foreign surveillance efforts have prompted some to criticize the level of scrutiny that the courts – established under the Foreign  Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) – currently provide with respect to the government’s  applications to engage in such surveillance. In response to concerns that the ex parte nature of  many of the proceedings before the FISA courts prevents an adequate review of the government’s  legal positions, some have proposed establishing an office led by an attorney or “public advocate” who would represent the civil liberties interests of the general public and oppose the government’s applications for foreign surveillance. The concept of a public advocate is a novel one for the American legal system, and, consequently the proposal raises several difficult questions of constitutional law.”

Wharton – The Complex Economics of America’s Minimum Wage

Wharton Public Policy commentary – “One of the most powerful arguments for raising the minimum wage is the notion of creating a “livable wage” that enables people to have the dignity of working a job that pays enough to live on and support their family. Today a person working full-time for the entire year on minimumContinue Reading

Virus killing record number of bottlenose dolphins

Wired –  “A viral outbreak that’s killing bottlenose dolphins is moving down the U.S. East Coast as the animals migrate south for the winter. Between July 1 and November 3, at least 753 animals have died. The outbreak began along the coast between New York and Virginia this summer. Now, carcasses are washing ashore in theContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Metrics 101: Proving Your Value

Via LLRX.com –  Metrics 101: Proving Your Value – Bess Reynolds expertly documents the strategy, tools and techniques to implement effective metrics that clearly define and communicate to management your library’s value added deliverables.

New on LLRX – ShoppingBots and Online Shopping Resources 2014

Via LLRX.com – ShoppingBots and Online Shopping Resources 2014 – Marcus Zillman’s timely and information packed guide to ShoppingBots and Online Shopping Resources is a comprehensive listing of shoppingbot and online shopping/coupon resources and sites on the Internet. Marcus also provides a value-added section of Notes and Suggestions for Virtual Shopping to assist you with safe, effective tools, techniquesContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Library Metrics

Via LLRX.com – Library Metrics – Attorney/Librarian Eve Ross demonstrates in a clear and actionable presentation how librarians can effectively leverage data-driven statistics to measure and document the work streams, processes and services they provide to respective organizations. Eve’s emphasis is on accountability, transparency and helping to improve the organization’s bottom line with expert, reliable and cost effective services.

BIS – Global systemically important banks

Global systemically important banks: information regarding the end-2012 exercise published by the Basel Committee, 11 November 2013  ‘In conjunction with the publication by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) of the updated list of global systemically important banks (G-SIBs), the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has today published additional information regarding the G-SIB methodology. In accordance with the timeline set out inContinue Reading

2013 Change Readiness Index

“KPMG, in collaboration with Oxford Economics, developed the Change Readiness Index (CRI) – an index, which assesses the ability of 90 countries (developed and developing) to manage change and cultivate the resulting opportunity. Click on a country to view the in-depth country profile including specific strengths and opportunities, country, region and income level comparisons, andContinue Reading

Findings from the 2013 social business global executive study and research project

“Seventy percent of respondents to the 2012 global executive social business survey conducted by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte believe social business is an opportunity to fundamentally change the way their organization works. Yet many companies face meaningful barriers to progress. In our 2013 report, we delve into why some businesses are reaping value from social business,Continue Reading

CDC – Trends in Tuberculosis, 2012

“How many cases of tuberculosis (TB) were reported in the United States in 2012?: A total of 9,945 TB cases (a rate of 3.2 cases per 100,000 persons) were reported in the United States in 2012. Both the number of TB cases reported and the case rate decreased; this represents a 5.4% and 6.1% decline, respectively,Continue Reading

Reed Tech and Internet Archive Announce Agreement to Collaborate on Archive-It

News release: “Reed Technology and Information Services Inc., part of the LexisNexis family, today announced an agreement with the Archive-It service at the Internet Archive to jointly market and sell Archive-It, and continue to support the growing community of organizations currently using the service. The agreement combines the commercial archiving experience and resources of ReedContinue Reading