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Pew – With Budget Debate Looming, Growing Share of Public Prefers Bigger Government

Most back more spending for veterans, education, infrastructure. “As Congress faces an April 28 deadline to fund government operations, the public is now split in their general preferences on the size and scope of government: 48% say they would rather have a bigger government providing more services, while 45% prefer a smaller government providing fewer… Continue Reading

Pew – Middle Class Fortunes in Western Europe

Report – From 1991 to 2010, the middle class expands in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, but, as in the United States, shrinks in Germany, Italy and Spain “…The divergent trajectories are linked to differences in how the incomes of households overall in these countries have evolved. France, the Netherlands and the UK… Continue Reading

Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Sanctuary Cities Order

FindLaw via Reuters  – “Like many federal judges before him, United States District Judge William H. Orrick of California’s Northern District has enjoined the federal government from enforcing one of President Donald Trump’s executive orders. Trump’s Executive Order 13768, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” has suffered the same fate as… Continue Reading

Wikipedia combats fake news with a new kind of news platform

“Wikitribune is a news platform that brings journalists and a community 
of volunteers together. We want to make sure that you read fact-based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events. And that stories can be easily verified and improved. Why? The news is broken and we can fix it. The… Continue Reading

Podcast rooted in each state’s geography, identity and history captivate listeners

Smithsonian Magazine – Learn the Secret History of Your State With These Addictive Podcasts – Use this indispensable guide to find out which podcast will be next on your listen list Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Google Books is not Alexandria redux

Via LLRX.com – Google Books is not Alexandria redux – Chris Meadows revisits a subject, Google Books, that has been the focal point of legal action, disagreement within the publishing and library communities, and basically an issue lacking closure concerning the end product. Meadows reiterates the Second Circuit finding on Google Books and fair uses… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Oh Lord, please don’t let Google Book Search be misunderstood

Via LLRX.com – Oh Lord, please don’t let Google Book Search be misunderstood – In what became a two part article, Chris Meadows responds to the continuing commentary and rebuttals on the Google Books decision and access to the search engine that remains available to query a huge index of full-text books and access the… Continue Reading

CRS – The War Powers Resolution: Concepts and Practice

“This report discusses and assesses the War Powers Resolution and its application since enactment in 1973, providing detailed background on various cases in which it was used, as well as cases in which issues of its applicability were raised. It will be revised biannually. In the post-Cold War world, Presidents have continued to commit U.S.… Continue Reading

The Importance of Truth Workers in an Era of Factual Recession

Alison Head and John Wihbey: Truth to Consequences “…Librarians are the facilitators and guides to the world of knowledge. Yet, many librarians lack the institutional power or budgets for truly scaling their training of information literacy skills — the fundamental competencies for finding, evaluating, and using information in the digital age. This skill set needs to become a… Continue Reading

Our World Transformed: Geopolitical Shocks and Risks

The Atlantic Council Report, April 2017  – “No one can be complacent about geopolitical risks these days. The shocks and surprises of the past few years show how easily assumptions about liberal markets, international relations, conflict, and democracy can be shaken. Geopolitical volatility has become a key driver of uncertainty, and will remain one over… Continue Reading

Has internet search hit a wall?

Ted Hunt – Googling gives us answers—but deprives us of intelligence – “…Here are the problems that we must surmount if we are to continue creating and sharing tools to help amplify and advance knowledge, reasoning, critical thought, and creative thinking…” Continue Reading

US Library Survey 2016

US Library Survey 2016, Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, DOI: https://doi.org/10.18665/sr.303066 “The Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2016 examines strategy and leadership issues from the perspective of academic library deans and directors. This project aims to provide academic librarians and higher education leaders with information about chief librarians’ visions and the opportunities and challenges they face in leading their… Continue Reading