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Job Opening – New Librarian of Congress

The Atlantic – Robinson Meyer: Experts say that a new librarian should digitize more works, raise more money—and use email. “The current librarian, James Billington, has held the title since his appointment by President Reagan in 1987. Though named by the president and confirmed by the Senate, the Librarian doesn’t change with every new WhiteContinue Reading

Study – smartphones diminish attention span

A Microsoft study highlights the deteriorating attention span of humans, saying it has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000 to eight seconds:  “According to scientists, the age of smartphones has left humans with such a short attention span even a goldfish can hold a thought for longer. Researchers surveyed 2,000 participants in Canada and studiedContinue Reading

Paper – The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in Digital Era

PLOS ONE Open Access – “The consolidation of the scientific publishing industry has been the topic of much debate within and outside the scientific community, especially in relation to major publishers’ high profit margins. However, the share of scientific output published in the journals of these major publishers, as well as its evolution over timeContinue Reading

Pew Report – America’s Global Image

Global Publics Back U.S. on Fighting ISIS, but Are Critical of Post-9/11 Torture –  June 23, 2015: “The rise of ISIS has generated strong concerns in nations around the world, and a new Pew Research Center survey finds broad global support for American military efforts against the terrorist group. And unlike the Iraq War aContinue Reading

The Role of Law Schools in Helping to Create a Just Society

Rapping, Jonathan, Grooming Tomorrow’s Change Agents: The Role of Law Schools in Helping to Create a Just Society (June 22, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2621702 “Numerous authorities have lamented the fact that America’s criminal justice system is broken. To address this crisis, experts have proposed a range of policy proscriptions. But these proposals overlookContinue Reading

Google Launches News Lab

Official Google Blog: “…we’ve created the News Lab, a new effort at Google to empower innovation at the intersection of technology and media. Our mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to help build the future of media. And we’re tackling this in three ways: though ensuring our tools are made available to journalists aroundContinue Reading

Curator’s Pocket History of the CIA

“History can be studied in more than one way. You can learn about facts and ideas from books. You can search for the documents that the books are based on. You can take the material approach: go to the places where history was made, perhaps join a group of re-enactors, and absorb the atmosphere. OrContinue Reading

Cleanup Solution for Massive Ocean Plastic Problem

“About 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean each year (Jambeck et al., 2015). Part of this accumulates in 5 areas where currents converge: the gyres. At least 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic are currently in the oceans (Eriksen et al., 2014), a third of which is concentrated in the infamous Great Pacific GarbageContinue Reading

Updated Guide to Mass Shootings in America

This guide by Mother Jones has been updated numerous times to include information on recurring mass shooting that involved the murder of Americans in houses of worship, schools, work places, and public places.  Please note, the majority of weapons used in these murders were purchased legally and ..”More than half of the cases involved schoolContinue Reading

Asymmetric Perceptions of the Economy

Kholodilin, Konstantin A. and Kolmer, Christian and Thomas, Tobias and Ulbricht, Dirk, Asymmetric Perceptions of the Economy: Media, Firms, Consumers, and Experts (June 1, 2015). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1490. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2619571 “This article sheds light on the interaction of media, economic actors, and economic experts. Based on a uniqueContinue Reading

Project to move Wikipedia from computer to many books

NYT –  “The Wikipedia entry for “quixoticism” runs only about 255 words. But if anyone could argue for a personal mention, it might be Michael Mandiberg. For the past three years, he has been fully engaged in a project that might make even the most intrepid digital adventurer blush: transforming the English-language Wikipedia into anContinue Reading

HathiTrust Research Center adds 5 billion pages

News release: “…Partnering with close to 100 research libraries from around the world, HathiTrust holds about 595 terabytes of digitized textual data — that’s about 157 miles, or 10,000 tons of text. In 2010, HathiTrust launched the HTRC to help researchers around the world accomplish tera-scale data mining and textual analysis. The HTRC is aContinue Reading