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The Next Great Copyright Office

Simmons, Joshua L., The Next Great Copyright Office (July 22, 2015). Landslide, July/August 2015, at 22. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2634535

“While Congress considers whether to update U.S. copyright law through the House of Representatives’ copyright review hearings, there appears to be a growing consensus that it is time to modernize the Copyright Office. This article reviews the developments that led to the last major revision of the Copyright Act, including similarities between that process and the review process today. It discusses Congress’s focus since 1976 on narrower copyright bills, rather than a wholesale revision of U.S. copyright law, and the developments that have led to the review hearings. Finally, it considers the growing focus on Copyright Office modernization, with particular emphasis on the hearing “The U.S. Copyright Office: Its Functions and Resources.”

Google chemtrails: A methodology to analyze topic representation in search engine results

Via First Monday – Andrea Ballatore – “Search engine results influence the visibility of different viewpoints in political, cultural, and scientific debates. Treating search engines as editorial products with intrinsic biases can help understand the structure of information flows in new media. This paper outlines an empirical methodology to analyze the representation of topics inContinue Reading

MoMA releases collection data to the public domain

Via Medium: “MoMA accessioned the Creative Commons License Symbol into its collection in March 2015 and it’s now on display in our design galleries as part of the exhibition This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good. According to curator Paola Antonelli (@curiousoctopus), Creative Commons allows those who create content to “think beyondContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Book-starved Utah boy begs postman for junk mail to read: How to respond?

Via LLRX.com:  Book-starved Utah boy begs postman for junk mail to read: How to respond? By David H. Rothman Editor’s note – as a preface to David Rothman’s article, and with thanks for his unrelenting, expert work promoting literacy in America and free access to physical and online libraries, e-books and internet connectivity for all,Continue Reading

Paper – A quiet culture war in research libraries

Rick Anderson, UKSG Insights, July 7, 2015: “There is a growing rift between those who believe the library’s most fundamental purpose is to support and advance the goals of its host institution and those who believe the library’s most important role is as an agent of progress and reform in the larger world of scholarlyContinue Reading

New Features Added to Congress.gov

Robert Brammer, July 29, 2015 – LC Blog: “Since the unveiling of Congress.gov in September of 2012, we have been constantly adding new features with each release, and many of the features in this release are based directly on your feedback. Accessibility – We want to make Congress.gov more accessible, and our new feature, “Listen,”Continue Reading

Researching the Corpus Juris Civilis

“As if Uttered By Our Own Inspired Mouth”: Researching the Corpus Juris Civilis by Fred Dingledy, Senior Reference Librarian, College of William & Mary Law School For LHRB+FCIL ‐ SIS Roman Law Interest Group Philadelphia, PA ‐‐ July 21, 2015.

Paper – Development of a Cross Institutional Digital Repository

Development of a Cross Institutional Digital Repository. Maggie Farrell, Dean of Libraries, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, US. Submitted on: 27.07.2015 (Note: Until July 2015, Maggie was the Dean of Libraries at the University of Wyoming) Copyright © 2015 Abstract: “Through the expertise of many, we can leverage success for the collaborative was the guidingContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Library Research Guides: Best Practices

Via LLRX.com – Library Research Guides: Best Practices – Many librarians have a set of research guides that they are responsible for keeping up to date, but finding time to devote to this important task can be extremely difficult. As libraries migrate to LibGuides 2.0, many are using this opportunity to study their users’ preferences,Continue Reading

Northern Light Launches Competitive Intelligence Portal

Remember Northern Light web search engine – going back to the time I launched LLRX.com – see this News release: “Northern Light® today launched Millie™ (http://millie.northernlight.com), the first market and competitive intelligence portal available free on the web. Millie is structured as a series of industry-specific dashboards, making it easy to find useful information inContinue Reading

ALA releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

ALA News: “Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) released a National Policy Agenda for Libraries to guide a proactive policy shift. “Too often,Continue Reading

MIT – 50 Smartest Companies 2015

“This year, when the editors of MIT Technology Review began our annual search for the smartest companies, we did not have trouble finding big ideas. To make the list, a company must have truly innovative technology and a business model that is both practical and ambitious, with the result that it has set the agendaContinue Reading