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Accessible Law for the Internet Age – America’s Laws Are the People’s Public Property

The State Decoded software provides you with a people-friendly way to access your local, state, and federal legal code. “Careful organization by article and section makes browsing a breeze. A site-wide search allows you to find the laws you’re looking for by topic. Scroll-over definitions translate legal jargon into common English. Downloadable legal code letsContinue Reading

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz – Film now free online

The Internet Archive has posted for free viewing the movie – The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, “an investigative documentary from director Brian Knappenberger about the life of the internet pioneer and activist Aaron Swartz.” See also related postings on Aaron Swartz.  

New Forms of Discovery and Purchasing in Libraries: Demand Driven Acquisitions

Michael Levine-Clark - Professor/Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collections Services, University of Denver Libraries, 2014 NISO/BISG Annual Forum, June 27, 2014, Las Vegas, NV.  Link to SlideShare presentation.  “Goals • Develop a flexible model for DDA that works for publishers, vendors, aggregators, and libraries. • Model should allow for DDA programs that – Meet local budgetContinue Reading

Mapping a New Nation: Abel Buell’s Map of the United States, 1784

“On September 3, 1783, American and British representatives signed the Treaty of Paris that formally concluded the American Revolution and recognized the United States as an independent nation. In March 1784, only six months later, Abel Buell (1742–1822), an engraver from Connecticut, produced his New and Correct Map of the United States of North America, which,Continue Reading

International Donation Programs for Special Libraries Around the World

“This list provides a place for institutions and programs that have little or no money to post their need for educational materials.  We do not include private colleges (especially those that charge high tuition fees), foundations of corporate firms, individuals, or other well off entities. Our donors wish to send their materials to those mostContinue Reading

Pew – 7 surprises about libraries in our surveys

Lee Raine – “The Pew Research Center’s studies about libraries and where they fit in the lives of their communities and patrons have uncovered some surprising facts about what Americans think of libraries and the way they use them. As librarians around the world are gathered in Las Vegas for the American Library Association’s annual conference, hereContinue Reading

Ebooks v paper – An Essay

Julian Baggini, Financial Times – [snipped] “E-reading is certainly on the rise. The Pew Research Center reports that, as recently as 2010, hardly anyone in the US had an e-reader or tablet. Now half do. The proportion of the population who have read an ebook in the past year rose from 17 per cent inContinue Reading

New on LLRX – National Digital Library Endowment Plan Makes New York Times of Philanthropy

Via LLRX.com - National Digital Library Endowment Plan Makes New York Times of Philanthropy - David Rothman encourages Librarians and friends to think like Willie Sutton, who supposedly said he robbed banks because “That’s where the money is.” Rothman is quick to say the quote in fact is iffy, but he wants us to focus on the logic behindContinue Reading

At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries

“OCLC Market Research teams have been studying the habits and perceptions of information consumers for a decade. In this latest report to the OCLC membership, At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries, OCLC explores the information consumer’s behaviors, beliefs and expectations for online learning. Fueled by mobile devices, new learning platforms and economic incentives, learners are tryingContinue Reading

Open Discovery Initiative – NISO

“The Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) aims at defining standards and/or best practices for the new generation of library discovery services that are based on indexed search. These discovery services are primarily based upon indexes derived from journals, ebooks and other electronic information of a scholarly nature. The content comes from a range of information providersContinue Reading

Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications

“The Library of Congress announces the availability of its Recommended Format Specifications, a document describing the hierarchies of the physical and technical characteristics of creative formats, both analog and digital, which will best maximize the chances for preservation and continued accessibility of creative content. Creators and publishers have also begun to employ a wide arrayContinue Reading

New on LLRX – The sad reasons why Amazon’s #1 reading city doesn’t belong on the list

Via LLRX.com - The sad reasons why Amazon’s #1 reading city doesn’t belong on the list - In this article David Rothman highlights the backstory on Amazon’s new list of America’s “Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities,” based on its sales of books, magazines and newspapers. As has been the case previously, the winner is Alexandria, Virginia, his hometown, whichContinue Reading