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District court rules in favor of library e-reserve against publishers

Inside HigherEd: “A U.S. district court judge has once again taken a look at three publishers’ case against Georgia State University’s e-reserve and ruled that, in 41 of 48 cases, no copyright infringement took place. The ruling, a 220-page walk-through that applies the four-part fair-use test to each of the 48 cases, is seen byContinue Reading

Maximizing K-12 Fiber Connectivity Through E-Rate: An Overview

Authored by J. Ryan Thompson, David Talbot, and Keith Krueger – “The federal E-rate program provides up to $3.9 billion annually to subsidize the provision of high-speed Internet access to schools and libraries.  Recent revisions to the program greatly expand the options for how such service can be provisioned. Notably, school districts can now seekContinue Reading

Paper – Laying the Foundation for a Research Data Management Program

Building Blocks: Laying the Foundation for a Research Data Management Program by Ricky Erway, Laurence Horton, Amy Nurnberger, Reid Otsuji, and Amy Rushing, April 2016. “Many research libraries are taking on a new role to support the research data management needs of their researchers and of their universities. In many cases, there are few resourcesContinue Reading

Pew – Libraries and Learning

Libraries and Learning report, April 7, 2016: “Majorities of Americans think local libraries serve the educational needs of their communities and families pretty well and library users often outpace others in learning activities. But many do not know about key education services libraries provide.”

Univ. of BC – Explore 185,656 unique digital objects

“UBC Library’s Open Collections include digital photos, books, newspapers, maps, videos, theses and more. These publicly-accessible collections are constantly growing and reflect the research interests of the UBC community and beyond.” Users may Search or Browse by Collection.

Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services and Networks

Via OCLC – “The Network Reshapes the Library shows where libraries have been in the last decade and where they’re heading now, covering such keystone topics as: networked resources; network organization; the research process and libraries’ evolving role, featuring the seminal post “In the Flow”; resource discovery; library systems and tools such as search indicesContinue Reading

Paper – Transitioning from XML to RDF

Transitioning from XML to RDF: Considerations for an effective move towards Linked Data and the Semantic Web, Juliet L. Hardesty. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND LIBRARIES | MARCH 2016. Abstract – “Metadata, particularly within the academic library setting, is often expressed in eXtensible Markup Language (XML) and managed with XML tools, technologies, and workflows. Managing a library’sContinue Reading

UK Guardian – Libraries facing ‘greatest crisis’ in their history

The Guardian: “Nearly 350 libraries have closed in Britain over the past six years, causing the loss of almost 8,000 jobs, according to new analysis. In a controversial move that sparked protests by authors including Philip Pullman and Zadie Smith, councils across the country have shut their reading rooms in an effort to make deepContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Support of Civil Authorities during Cyber Incidents, Library Services for Those with Disabilities, Retirement Security

Civil Support: DOD Needs to Clarify Its Roles and Responsibilities for Defense Support of Civil Authorities during Cyber Incidents, GAO-16-332: Published: Apr 4, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 2016. Library Services for Those with Disabilities: Additional Steps Needed to Ease Access to Services and Modernize Technology, GAO-16-355: Published: Apr 4, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 4,Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Introducing a New Success Framework for Information Professionals

Via LLRX – Introducing a New Success Framework for Information Professionals – Author, librarian, and professor Bruce Rosenstein’s article clearly articulates key deliverables that librarians and information professionals can frame, communicate about and deliver – specifically expert knowledge services, data curation, research, training and leadership skills – to organizations in a wide range of sectors.

Cybersecurity and You: Issues in Higher Education and Beyond

“The University of Maryland, Baltimore Thurgood Marshall Law Library, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and Center for Information Technology Services have organized a cybersecurity conference that is free and open to the public.  You can find details, RSVP,  and a link to watch the livestream here: This program is made possible by aContinue Reading

Harvard Library’s Environmental Scan of Web Archiving

Harvard Library’s Environmental Scan of Web Archiving By Andrea Goethals, Manager of Digital Preservation and Repository Services; Preservation Services: “Managing born-digital material, including content that originated on the web, has been one of Harvard Library’s strategic priorities for FY15 and 16. As a result, the Web Archive Working Group has been gathering information to informContinue Reading