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DuckDuckGo Founder Highlights Privacy and No Tracking Policy

Andy Meek talked to Gabriel Weinberg, founder of the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo: “Not only is it now a built-in search engine option in browsers like Safari and Firefox, but the company says the trove of news stories about data breaches and revelations of government snooping have helped keep the search engine’s numbers climbing upContinue Reading

A National Policy Agenda for Libraries

American Library Association – NATIONAL POLICY AGENDA FOR LIBRARIES – The Policy Revolution! Initiative “INTRODUCTION TO THE AGENDA AND INITIATIVE – Libraries are in a digital revolution , fueled by rapid advances in technology. This digital revolution brings compelling opportunities to build upon what libraries already do well: empower and engage communities and contribute toContinue Reading

Twitter archive project at LC deemed a failure

Politico: “In the spring of 2010, the Library of Congress announced it was taking a big stride toward preserving the nation’s increasingly digital heritage — by acquiring Twitter’s entire archive of tweets and planning to make it all available to “How Tweet It Is!” the library said in an exuberant blog post, which generated fanfareContinue Reading

Support continues for public release of CRS reports paid for by taxpayers

Roll Call – “The walls between members of the public and Capitol Hill’s exclusive division of policy and legal analysts are too tall, according to transparency advocates both inside and outside of Congress. Such sentiment is prompting their calls to lawmakers with jurisdiction over the Library of Congress and the House clerk’s office to examine making publicContinue Reading

Wisdom of the aged captured in online searchable archive

BBC Future: There are a handful of people left on Earth who have been alive in three separate centuries, says Rachel Nuwer. What can they – and those of a similarly extreme age – teach us? “Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries –Continue Reading

Much needed funding increase for New York City libraries

“The Center for an Urban Future is proud to report that our research helped lay the groundwork for an enormous win for the libraries and the millions of New Yorkers who use them. Late last month, Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito agreed on a city budget for fiscal year 2016 that increases funding forContinue Reading

History of the internet – 40 maps and key resources

For all those who do not recollect or may not know how the internet evolved from ARPANET in 1969 to the web of 2015 with its data analytics, e-commerce profiling and of course, global surveillance, I recommend 40 maps that explain the internet by Timothy B. Lee via Vox, posted on June 2, 2014: “TheContinue Reading

EFF – Europe Blocks Progress for Libraries and Educators at WIPO

EFF – “Last week negotiators from around the world came together as the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) standing committee on copyright (SCCR) resumed consideration of its two current work items: the on-again, off-again broadcasters’ rights treaty, and the harmonization of minimum copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries, archives, and education. EFF has opposed theContinue Reading

Gigablast plans to power search for Internet Archive

News release: “Shortly after releasing its web search engine as open source and available for free download, Gigablast, Inc. has inked a deal with the Internet Archive. Gigablast has agreed to provide search for the archive’s 400+ billion web documents. After conducting tests, the Internet Archive found that its users prefer the quality of Gigablast’sContinue Reading

Search and Find Magazines Using Google Book Search

Use the advanced book search feature on Google Books to narrow your search to magazines only by choosing the Magazines radial button in the Content area. You may also search via magazine covers – here. [ResearchBuzz]

New on LLRX – Communication Problems through SharePoint

Via LLRX.com – Communication Problems through SharePoint – Lorette Weldon’s article is a gateway to training about how SharePoint uses a technology of programming without coding. Her pathfinder empowers librarians not familiar with database management to create a web part from within SharePoint that does not require any programming knowledge. As Weldon teaches us, theContinue Reading

Posters from SLA-All Sciences Virtual Poster Session

This site may be updated as a call has been issued for more contributions – Posters from the SLA Science-Technology Division All Sciences Virtual Poster Session [Via William Jacobs Sci-Tech Incoming Chair Science and Engineering Librarian University of Miami]