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New on LLRX – Why Sole Provider Isn’t Really A Thing and I’m Not Going to Say It Any More

Via – Why Sole Provider Isn’t Really A Thing and I’m Not Going to Say It Any More – Marcia Burris synthesizes and re-frames the long standing concept of a sole source provider for legal research services. Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Library Services for People with Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimers

Via – Library Services for People with Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimers – Sarah Houghton organized a training for library staff throughout her county from the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and a stellar local senior non-profit named Senior Access dedicated to serving residents with memory loss issues. This training was inspired by two things:… Continue Reading

Maurice Sendak’s personal collection of rare books finally go to Philly library – “When Maurice Sendak died in 2012, he left a will directing that all his “rare edition books” go to the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia – a cache of 895 items that made up a large part of the celebrated author-illustrator’s own personal library of rare books. But the Sendak estate… Continue Reading

Lorcan Dempsey on the reorganization of library collections in the networked environment

“Digital environments are changing the nature of research and learning, and the library collections and services that support research are being reorganized to meet the needs of researchers in these environments. Dempsey describes the expanding role of academic libraries in managing research outputs, as well as their expanding role in facilitating access to local, external… Continue Reading

CRS Reports – Appointments & Nominations

White House Transition Project – “This series [27 CRS reports in PDF] details Presidential appointments during several sessions of Congress and cabinet nominations by the President.” Continue Reading

LibGuide on Presidential Power

Mary Whisner – Librarian – Gallagher Law Library:  “In November two of our brilliant young professors decided to put together a class on Presidential Power for winter quarter. It immediately filled and drew a waiting list. And there was a lot of interest from outside the law school. People from other university departments and the… Continue Reading

Commentary – Google and the Misinformed Public

Google and the Misinformed Public, By Safiya U. Noble January 15, 2017, The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Digital media platforms like Google and Facebook may disavow responsibility for the results of their algorithms, but they can have tremendous — and disturbing — social effects. Racist and sexist bias, misinformation, and profiling are frequently unnoticed byproducts… Continue Reading

The State of Digitization in US Public and State Libraries

Advancing the National Digital Platform: The State of Digitization in US Public and State Libraries – Highlights: Ninety-two percent of public libraries have locally significant, unique physical collections More than 37.6% of libraries have engaged in digitization activities in the last three years In addition to the common barriers of time and ongoing funding, 61.4%… Continue Reading

Panel on End-of-term crawl and collection of vulnerable government information

James A. Jacobs – FreeGovInfo: ” Panel on End-of-term crawl and the collection of vulnerable government information – January 23, 2017 “I was honored last week to be part of a panel hosted by OpenTheGovernment and the Bauman Foundation to talk about the End of Term project. Other presenters included Jess Kutch at and… Continue Reading

Science Librarian Focuses on Projects to Archive Gov Docs Post Obama

Around the Web: Saving Government Data from the Trumpocalypse by John Dupuis: “While I’m working on a major update to my Documenting the Donald Trump War on Science: Pre-Inauguration Edition and preparing for the first of the post-inauguration posts, I thought I’d whet everyone’s appetite with a post celebrating all the various efforts to save… Continue Reading

Touring some of our nation’s presidential libraries

Via CBSNews: “As a new president is about to start making history, the legacies of our former leaders are enshrined in presidential libraries. There are now 13 libraries across the country, and President Obama’s in Chicago will be the 14th. CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to share some of… Continue Reading

Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse

New York Public Library – “Today we are proud to announce that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!  The release of more than 180,000 digitized items represents both a simplification and an enhancement of digital access to a… Continue Reading