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Take Action to Support Library of Congress and GPO Funding

“Hello, Advocates! This month’s post from the GRC Access to Information subcommittee contains an urgent message about legislative branch appropriations. Thanks in advance for taking action! Action Needed! Funding for GPO’s FDsys Cut from Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill The House Appropriations Committee just released the draft FY2016 Legislative Appropriations bill, which includes funding for the Government Publishing Office. GPO’s Revolving Fund, which funds FDsys upgrades (plus system upgrades and building repairs) has been completely cut out of the draft bill. At the Legislative Subcommittee mark up today, Ranking Member Debbie Wasserman Schultz eloquently expressed her concern, speaking about GPO’s vital role in transparency and access to democracy. She said the denial of GPO’s request to invest in its online system is a threat to free public access to legislative information. Her remarks can be viewed here, starting around the 11 minute mark. A summary of the bill can be found here, and the full text here. Please contact your member of Congress to express your support for full funding of GPO, in particular the need to fund continued improvements to their online information system. You can use AALL’s Legislative Action Center on GPO and LC Funding. It’s a fast, easy way to advocate for this important funding. It’s particularly important if your representative serves on the House Appropriations Committee! You can read more about AALL’s support for GPO funding here.

Library of Congress In case you missed this developing story, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a 127-page report of its year-long review of the Library of Congress IT management and resources: Strong Leadership Needed to Address Serious Information Technology Management Weakness, GAO-15-315, March 2015. GAO highlights and recommendations are here. The Washington Post published two articles about the GAO report: America’s “National Library” is Lacking in Leadership, Yet Another Report Finds (3/31/15) and Lawmakers Want Library of Congress Reforms but not Librarian’s Resignation (4/2/15). The New York Times published an editorial, Digital Neglect at the Library of Congress (4/4/15). Despite GAO’s critical report, the House Appropriations Legislative Branch bill provides LC with an increase of $510,000 above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level. You can read more about AALL’s support for Library of Congress funding here.”

SLA STEM Learning Initiative

SLA Stem Initiative: “As technology progresses, research workflows evolve in a number of ways. Technology has the potential to enhance the efficiency of scientific research, but it also presents new obstacles. Technological advances have led to a ubiquity of information, which poses the challenge of identifying critical data without wasting time on less important content.Continue Reading

Olive Executable Archive – Enable libraries to achieve their mission of preserving the scholarly record

“Olive is a collaborative project seeking to establish a robust ecosystem for long-term preservation of software, games, and other executable content. Born at Carnegie Mellon University, Olive addresses the current gap in preservation technology by providing a curated environment for the preservation and distribution of executable content. Goals Enable libraries to achieve their mission ofContinue Reading

Exonerees freed by innocence projects work for justice

ABA Journal, Terry Carter – “Wrongly imprisoned, these men spent many years behind bars for crimes they did not commit. Plenty of convicted felons claim to be innocent; too many of them actually are. The criminal justice system stole from these men the carefree years of young adulthood. While many prisoners dream of going toContinue Reading

Google announces Digital News Initiative

Laurie Sullivan – MediaPost: “Google began rolling out a digital news partnership with eight European newspaper publishers acknowledging past mistakes with news organizations. On Tuesday the Mountain View, Calif. company pledged more than $164 million to nurture, support and fund digital journalism and news organizations. The Digital News Initiative’s road map focuses on working withContinue Reading

Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation

“The massive increase in digital information in the last decade has created new requirements for institutional and technological structures and workforce skills. Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation focuses on education and training needs to meet the demands for access to and meaningful use of digital information, now and in the future. This study identifiesContinue Reading

1010 Ways To Buy Without Money

“1010 Ways To Buy Without Money is a non profit initiative that proposes a selling process based in prices without money. And we do it with a smile in our faces… The idea was born some weeks before the celebration of the International Day of the Book, the 23rd of April of 2011 in Barcelona.Continue Reading

Exploring Compatibilities Between Linked Data Models of Library of Congress and OCLC

Godby, Carol Jean, and Ray Denenberg. 2015. Common Ground: Exploring Compatibilities Between the Linked Data Models of the Library of Congress and OCLC. Dublin, Ohio: Library of Congress and OCLC Research. ” The white paper summarizes the recent activity of the Bibliographic Framework Initiative at the Library of Congress which proposes a data model for futureContinue Reading

NYC libraries are engine of the city running out of fuel

“The city’s libraries — the fusty old buildings, and a few spiffier modern ones, planted in all five boroughs — had 37 million visitors in the last fiscal year, said Angela Montefinise, a spokeswoman for the New York Public Library, which runs branches and research centers in Manhattan and the Bronx and on Staten Island.Continue Reading

New studies on political fact-checking: Growing, influential

“The amount of fact-checking journalism produced in the United States is increasing dramatically, and while there are limits to its persuasiveness, it is a measurably effective tool for correcting political misinformation among voters, according to new scholarly research conducted for the American Press Institute and released today. The number of fact-check stories in the U.S.Continue Reading

eweek – Google’s Jsonnet Language Generates JSON

Darryl K. Taft  – eweek: “Google recently introduced a new open-source configuration language for generating JSON known as Jsonnet. Google quietly released Jsonnet a few months ago as a programming language for specifying data. The Jsonnet Website calls Jsonnet a data templating language. Jsonnet doesn’t just generate JSON: It is also an extension of JSON,Continue Reading

SV150: Current tech boom is no dot-com bubble, experts say

Silicon Valley’s top public tech companies ranked, in everything from sales to taxes paid. (Dollar figures in millions.)  By Daniel J. Willis, Jeremy C. Owens and Jack Davis / Bay Area News Group – Searchable Database. Patrick May – Mercury News – “Silicon Valley’s tech cup runneth over. Job growth is humming, coders are beingContinue Reading