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Daily Archives: May 5, 2013

ABA Journal – Are digitization and budget cuts compromising history?

Hollee Schwartz Temple: “When people say everything’s online,” says Jerry Dupont of the Law Library Microform Consortium, “they’re woefully uninformed.” Dupont, founder of the LLMC, a nonprofit law library cooperative, estimates that of the 2 million unique volumes contained in America’s law libraries, only about 15 percent are available in digital form. That figure includes access via proprietary, commercial services like Westlaw and LexisNexis. Across the country, law libraries are trying to adapt to the digital revolution and preserve historic and precedential documents. But budget cuts have hit hard at academic law libraries, which historically have hosted some of the most robust legal collections. And the pressures are creating concerns that the public will lose access to essential legal documents.”

NYT – As Works Flood In, Nation’s Library Treads Water

New York Times, Jennifer Steinhauer: “Just as military contractors, air traffic controllers and federal workers are coping with the grim results of a partisan impasse over the federal deficit, the Library of Congress, whose services range from copyrighting written works — whether famous novels or poems scribbled on napkins — to the collection, preservation and… Continue Reading

Concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall Zankel Hall – Properly Performed Masterpieces

“The Foundation For The Revival Of Classical Culture presents master pianist Tian Jiang in a concert entitled “Properly Performed Masterpieces”. The concert will occur at New York City’s Carnegie Hall Zankel Hall, May 28 at 7:30 pm. The program includes Beethoven’s Sonata no.7 in E flat Major, op.10, no.3; the Sonata no.23 in F minor,… Continue Reading

NYT – Corporations Find a Friend in the Supreme Court

Adam Liptak: “While the current court’s decisions, over all, are only slightly more conservative than those from the courts led by Chief Justices Warren E. Burger and William H. Rehnquist, according to political scientists who study the court, its business rulings are another matter. They have been, a new study finds, far friendlier to business… Continue Reading

Secret surveillance of American citizens – "no digital communication is secure"

Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government? A former FBI counterterrorism agent claims on CNN that this is the case, by Glenn Greenwald “The real capabilities and behavior of the US surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because, like most things of significance done by the US… Continue Reading

Accenture 2013 College Graduate Employment Survey

Accenture 2013 College Graduate Employment Survey Key Findings: “Accenture conducted an online survey in the United States of 1,010 students graduating from college in 2013 and entering the job market, and 1,005 participants who already graduated college in 2011 or 2012. The survey was conducted between March 22 and April 1, 2013. 41 percent of… Continue Reading

Public Service Recognition Week: May 5–11, 2013

“Honoring Our Public Servants. Connecting Citizens with Their Government. May 5–11, 2013. Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees and ensure that our government is the best… Continue Reading

Article – Signs of JIBAR Manipulation?

De Jager, Phillip and Parsons, Shaun, Signs of JIBAR Manipulation? (February 26, 2013). Available at SSRN “The JSE [Johannesburg Stock Exchange] has recently come under pressure in the financial media to defend the integrity of the Johannesburg Interbank Agreed Rate (JIBAR) in the midst of the revelations of the long-term and systematic manipulation of the… Continue Reading

Innovations at Microsoft – A leading edge development program revealed

Matt Smith, PCWorld: “As far as 99.9 percent of the world population is concerned, Microsoft is a stodgy, old-guard technology company. Its bottom line is fully leveraged against PC operating systems and business software—hardly the building blocks of a future-thinking portfolio, right? But scratch that cold, conservative, pedestrian surface, and you’ll find a Microsoft that’s… Continue Reading

Sunlight Foundation: Municipal Lobbying Data Guidebook

Sunlight Foundation – Municipal Lobbying Data Guidebook “Why do we need access to lobbying data? Information that is critical to understanding access to power and how that access is being used should be made available to the public with as few restrictions as possible. That means making information available in searchable, sortable and machine-readable format,… Continue Reading