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22 Former CRS Employees Support Free Public Access to CRS reports

From the October 22, 2015 letter [via Politico]: “Dear Chairman Blunt, Chairman Capito, Chairman Miller, Chairman Graves, Ranking Member Schumer, Ranking Member Schatz, Ranking Member Brady, Ranking Member Wasserman Schultz, and Vice Chairman Harper: We are former employees of the Congressional Research Service (CRS), with more than a collective five hundred years with the agency.Continue Reading

Rovi and Michigan State University Establish Largest U.S. Library Media Collection

News release: “Rovi Corporation and Michigan State University (MSU) today announced that Rovi has donated a rare and valuable media collection to MSU. This donation establishes the largest media collection held by a library in the United States. The new “Rovi Media Collection” is comprised of close to one million CDs, Blu-Rays, DVDs, and videoContinue Reading

Good Practices for University Open-Access Policies

Stuart Shieber and Peter Suber, October 2015 – “We have worked directly for many years with colleagues at many institutions on policies to facilitate open access to faculty research. We began writing this guide in 2011 to codify the kind of advice we found ourselves repeating, make it available to more institutions than we couldContinue Reading

Survey – Slightly fewer Americans are reading print books

“The number of book readers has dipped a bit from the previous year and the number of e-book readers has remained flat, according to new survey findings from Pew Research Center. Seven-in-ten American adults (72%) have read a book within the past year, whether in whole or in part and in any format, according toContinue Reading

Harvard Library Copyright Advisor and State Copyright Resource Center

“The Harvard Library Copyright Advisor program was established in 2014 to create a culture of shared understanding of copyright among Harvard faculty, students, and staff in support of pedagogy, research, and innovation. This site, which will serve as a clearinghouse of resources created by the Copyright Advisor, Copyright First Responders, and Copyright Fellows, is intendedContinue Reading

Senate votes quickly to limit term of new Librarian of Congress

Bloomberg BNA: “A Senate-passed bill to limit the Librarian of Congress to a 10-year term could stall in the House amid Republican turmoil over finding a successor to Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), according to observers who spoke to Bloomberg BNA. The position has achieved a higher profile in the digital age, as copyright issuesContinue Reading

MIT – The Future of Libraries

“Chris Bourg, the Director of Libraries, has convened an Ad Hoc Task Force on the Future of Libraries, comprised of faculty, staff, and students from across the Institute. Meet the task force members. The Task Force is charged with seeking broad input from the MIT community and from domain experts on how the MIT LibrariesContinue Reading

GOOD Project Literacy

“Through Project Literacy, GOOD and Pearson are building partnerships for a more literate future. Follow the #ProjectLiteracy hashtag and visit or to tell us your stories, help us ask the right questions, and take action in your community.”

Google is recording your voice and questions

Quartz – Mike Murphy – Google’s been quietly recording your voice; here’s how to listen to—and delete—the archive “Google searches are like a stream of consciousness. We plug every idle curiosity, every thought, and every question into the search engine. Google has always kept careful record of these searches, which helps sell ads. But GoogleContinue Reading

GPO MetaLib Search Engine expands coverage

“Welcome to MetaLib, a service of the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)! MetaLib is a federated search engine that searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online. To learn more, view additional brief or detailed search information.” See this link for theContinue Reading

Emerald Group Publishing launches new contribution to Open Access debate

“Bingley, United Kingdom, 19 October 2015 – Emerald Group Publishing is marking International Open Access Week (19-25 October) with the launch of a Special Issue on Open Access (OA) from Online Information Review, with contributions from some of the world’s leading experts on the debate. The aim of this Special Issue is to contribute insights, analysis and commentary towardsContinue Reading

2nd Circuit Rules for Google in Authors Guild Book Scanning Case

13-4829-cv Authors Guild v. Google, Inc. UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT (Argued: December 3, 2014 Decided: October 16, 2015) “Plaintiff-appellants, who are authors of published books under copyright, appeal from the judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Chin, J.) in favor of DefendantContinue Reading