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Category Archives: Internet

Ideas for librarians – embedding social media good practice in your everyday work

OUPBlog – “Social media is one of the best ways to reach a wide audience in this digital day and age. There are plenty of examples of fantastic feeds being run by librarians, but how can you replicate their success? We asked Claire Pickering, librarian at Wakefield Libraries in the UK, to share her top… Continue Reading

In Web Age, Library Job Gets Update

Library jobs, and the librarians who do them, have been evolving along with the needs of their communities and customer for decades. Librarians have often been first adopters of technology, from using listservs to share information, creating sites on the nascent world wide web, creating and sharing online catalogs and metadata, managing tools, services, teaching… Continue Reading

FTC “Sharing Economy” Report Explores Evolving Internet And App-Based Services

“A Federal Trade Commission staff report released today provides an in-depth assessment of evolving business models that rely on internet and app-based “sharing economy” platforms used by millions of Americans. The report summarizes a June 2015 FTC public workshop and highlights a number of competitive benefits and potential consumer protection challenges posed by disruptive business… Continue Reading

The Intercept – NSA’s Spy Hub in New York, Hidden in Plain Sight

“…33 Thomas Street is different: An investigation by The Intercept indicates that the skyscraper is more than a mere nerve center for long-distance phone calls. It also appears to be one of the most important National Security Agency surveillance sites on U.S. soil — a covert monitoring hub that is used to tap into phone… Continue Reading

Librarians work to create and defend vital spaces of information exchange

Public In/Formation. Now more than ever, we need to create and defend vital spaces of information exchange. Librarians, step up. Shannon Mattern, November 2016. This is an excellent long read with extensive documentation specific to the management, accessibility, usability and persistence of knowledge created by governments and “urban intelligence.” The author expertly weaves the critical… Continue Reading

ALA President statement on Libraries, the Association, Diversity and Inclusion

American Library Association President Julie Todaro: “After a contentious campaign season filled with divisive rhetoric, we are now hearing from our members and in the news media about incidents of bigotry and harassment within our communities. From children acting out in schools to adults participating in violent acts, it is clear that our nation is… Continue Reading

Scientific Data Science and the Case for Open Access

Scientific Data Science and the Case for Open Access – Gopal P. Sarma (Submitted on 1 Nov 2016) “Open access” has become a central theme of journal reform in academic publishing. In this article, I examine the consequences of an important technological loophole in which publishers can claim to be adhering to the principles of… Continue Reading

Pew – Social Media Update 2016

“Over the past decade, Pew Research Center has documented the wide variety of ways in which Americans use social media to seek out information and interact with others. A majority of Americans now say they get news via social media, and half of the public has turned to these sites to learn about the 2016… Continue Reading

Additional Historical Statutes at Large Added to

Library of Congress Blog – in Custodia Legis. November 8, 2016.Jennifer González – “Two years ago we added historical Statutes at Large to our Digitized Material page. Years 1789-1950 have been available there in a large PDF download, but we have been working steadily to add more functionality to the website. We continue to add details… Continue Reading

Paper – Biosharing project addresses searchable portal, linked registries and metadata standards

BioSharing: curated and crowd-sourced metadata standards, databases and data policies in the life sciences – Database, 2016, 1–8 doi: 10.1093/database/baw075 “BioSharing ( is a manually curated, searchable portal of three linked registries. These resources cover standards (terminologies, formats and models, and reporting guidelines), databases, and data policies in the life sciences, broadly encompassing the biological,… Continue Reading

Cell phone numbers are new avenue to disrupt privacy and access personal data

New York Times – A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Cellphone Number – Steve Lohr – “A mobile number can be even more valuable than a Social Security number, since it’s tied to so many databases and connected to a device you carry with you.” Continue Reading