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Law Journals: Submissions and Ranking, 2008 – 2015

Washington and Lee School of Law – “The purpose of the Law Journal Rankings Project is to give scholars a resource to locate law journals by subject, country or publication, or ranking (where available), to display journal editorial information, and to facilitate an author’s article submission to those journals. . The site currently ranks journals based on citation data from a 2007-2014 survey period. The site is updated annually. In February 2016 the site will be updated with data from a 2008-2015 survey period.  Most bar journals, magazines, and newsletters are excluded from this list. Also excluded are law journals that have few English language articles (except for a few U.S. Spanish language and Canadian French language journals). Journals are displayed alphabetically by journal name. If ranked by making selections in the checkboxes in the main menu area, then the list will sort in rank order. Clicking on the column headers for each numeric rank list will re-sort to that rank. Clicking on the “Journal” header above the journal titles column will re-sort alphabetically. Journals that have ceased publication or have not published at any point during the current survey period are removed.” [via Lyonette Louis-Jacques]

St. Louis Fed releases beta forecasting game

“The St. Louis Fed has developed a forecasting game to go with FRED, called FREDcast (still in beta).  There is a link to a training webinar:” [via Katrina Stierholz, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis] Continue Reading

ALA Resolution on the Restoration of the United Nations Depository Library System

Resolution on the Restoration of the United Nations Depository Library System – ALA Council [Via Susan Paterson] Whereas ALA Policy 6.1.1 International Relations- Policy Objectives is “To encourage the exchange, dissemination, and access to information and the unrestricted flow of library materials in all formats throughout the world (ALA Key Action Area:  Equitable Access to… Continue Reading

NY Public Library Public Domain Collections: Free to Share & Reuse

NYPL: “Did you know that more than 180,000 of the items (photos, blueprints, books and maps) in our Digital Collections are in the public domain? That means everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways. The Library now makes it possible to download such items in the highest resolution… Continue Reading

EUscreen portal searchable archive of professional audiovisual from 2009-present

“The EUscreen portal offers free online access to thousands of items of audiovisual heritage. It brings together clips that provide an insight into the social, cultural, political and economic events that have shaped the 20th and 21st centuries. As well as chronicling important historical events, the EUscreen portal allows you to explore television programmes that… Continue Reading

First Woman and African American Librarian of Congress Confirmed by Congress

TIME: “Carla Hayden made history on Wednesday (July 13, 2016) as the Senate voted to approve her nomination as Librarian of Congress, making her both the first woman and the first African American to hold the post. Hayden was first nominated by President Obama in February, and the Senate Rules Committee approved her nomination in… Continue Reading

The Supreme Court Database

Washington University in St. Louis: “The Supreme Court Database is the definitive source for researchers, students, journalists, and citizens interested in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1791 and 2015 terms. Examples include the identity of the court whose… Continue Reading

International Coalition on Newspapers Metadata Search

Via Center for Research Libraries (CRL) – “The ICON database is the most comprehensive source of information about significant newspaper collections in print, digital and micro formats. The large and growing database is designed to inform library decisions on the development, management and preservation of newspaper collections. Current statistics: 47,222,880 issues from 171,518 publications dating… Continue Reading

Diversity issues remain focus as Library of Congress welcomes new Chief Librarian

Via RollCall: “The Library of Congress could soon have the first African American and first woman chief librarian in its 200-year history. But some employees worry that the expected arrival of Carla D. Hayden won’t be enough to end a decades-long struggle with discrimination and diversity in its workforce. “Yeah, she’d make history,” said Priscilla… Continue Reading

Analysis of International Linked Data Survey for Implementers

D-Lib Magazine July/August 2016 Volume 22, Number 7/8 Analysis of International Linked Data Survey for Implementers, Karen Smith-Yoshimura, OCLC Research DOI: 10.1045/july2016-smith-yoshimura “The International Linked Data Survey for Implementers conducted by OCLC Research in 2014 and 2015 attracted responses from 90 institutions in 20 countries. This analysis of the 112 linked data projects or services… Continue Reading

Analysis of Print Purchase on Demand Titles Ordered via Interlibrary Loan: A Collection Development Perspective

The vendor, Taylor & Francis Online, is currently offering free access to this article: Analysis of Print Purchase on Demand Titles Ordered via Interlibrary Loan: A Collection Development Perspective – Collection Management, Volume 41, Issue 2, 2016 DOI: 10.1080/01462679.2016.1174653 Carol Kochan & Jennifer Duncan pages 51-65. “This article examines data from five years of titles… Continue Reading

Paper – The Emotional Arcs of Stories Are Dominated by Six Basic Shapes

The emotional arcs of stories are dominated by six basic shapes – Andrew J. Reagan, Lewis Mitchell, Dilan Kiley, Christopher M. Danforth, Peter Sheridan Dodds (Submitted on 24 Jun 2016). arXiv:1606.07772v1 “Advances in computing power, natural language processing, and digitization of text now make it possible to study our a culture’s evolution through its texts… Continue Reading