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Town shuts down boy’s ‘little free library’ for alleged detached structure violation – ABA Journal

Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal - “A 9-year-old Kansas boy and his family have moved their “little free library” after their town said it violated city code banning detached structures in the front yards of single-family homes. Spencer Collins and his parents moved the library to the garage after the town of Leawood warned in a letterContinue Reading

Legal Technology Future Horizons

Via June Liebert – International Legal Technology Association: “Released in May 2014, Legal Technology Future Horizons (LTFH) is a report that provides insights and practical ideas to inform the development of future business and IT strategies for law firms, law departments and legal technology vendors.  The research, analysis and interpretation of the findings were undertaken by Fast FutureContinue Reading

Another Fair Use Victory for Book Scanning in HathiTrust

EFF – “Fair use enjoyed a major victory in court today. In Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision that strongly underscores a fair use justification for a major book scanning program. For those counting along at home, today’s decision marks another in a serious streak of judicial findings of fair useContinue Reading

Pew – What kind of library user are you?

“Are you a “Library Lover”? An “Information Omnivore”? Or are you totally “Off the Grid”? Take our library engagement quiz to learn how your library habits and attitudes stack up against the general population. This quiz is a condensed version of the questions asked in our nationally representative survey of 6,224 Americans ages 16 and olderContinue Reading

Digitization and Digital Preservation: A Review of the Literature

Digitization and Digital Preservation: A Review of the Literature, Stephanie Routhier Perry, San Jose State University. “Digitization is rapidly becoming one of the standard forms of preservation for libraries, archives and information centers’ analog materials. This newer process is allowing preservationists to ensure information contained within fragile, organic materials will still be viewable to future generations. However, asContinue Reading

The Evolving Scholarly Record – OCLC

The Evolving Scholarly Record - Brian Lavoie, Eric Childress, Ricky Erway, Ixchel Faniel, Constance Malpas, Jennifer Schaffner & Titia van der Werf. June 2014 “This report presents a framework to help organize and drive discussions about the evolving scholarly record. The framework provides a high-level view of the categories of material the scholarly record potentially encompasses,Continue Reading

The Art and Science of Data-Driven Journalism

Alexander Howard - The Tow Center for Journalism, June 2014. “Journalists have been using data in their stories for as long as the profession has existed. A revolution in computing in the 20th century created opportunities for data integration into investigations, as journalists began to bring technology into their work. In the 21st century, a revolution inContinue Reading

Tracing the Evolution of Linked Data

From the OCLC series Collective Insight: Driven by Shared Data - this new presentation - Tracing the Evolution of Linked Data. Introduction & OCLC Activities – Ted Fons Linked Data at NYU and Beyond – Corey Harper Linked Data at Stanford – Phil Schreur

Research using big data identifies gaps in timely release of classified documents

The Ghost Files published in Columbia Magazine, Winter 2013-14 by David J. Craig - writing about Columbia Professor Connolly’s Declassification Engine and his efforts to leverage big-data analysis to show what kinds of information the government is keeping classified. “…Then Connelly had an idea: could he use data mining to infer what types of information were being left out of the publicContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Why the DPLA should focus on being a stellar ACADEMIC library

Via LLRX - Why the DPLA should focus on being a stellar ACADEMIC library: Check out these statistics David Rothman acknowledges the attributes of the expanding DPLA program but highlights that it is lacking key components to make it a truly comprehensive academic digital library, including collection and business strategies. Rothman states that “DPLAers” keep insisting thatContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Gates Global Libraries Program is Winding Down

Via LLRX - Gates Global Libraries Program is Winding Down: Time for a National Digital library Endowment to Fill the Vacuum David Rothman informs us that out of several billion a year in grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, just tens of millions go for public libraries in the U.S. and overseas. But as allContinue Reading

ALA Strategic Technology Directions 2014-2017 & Technology Roadmap

Via Jenny Levine - ALA Strategic Technology Directions 2014-2017 & Technology Roadmap “The ALA Information Technology & Telecommunication Services (ITTS) unit presented the ALA Strategic Technology Directions 2014-2017 to the ALA Executive Board in April 2014.  It provides a good foundation to understand how technology is implemented to meet the goals of the organization and explains the roleContinue Reading