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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

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

Now users can download search results from Congress.gov

“The Congress.gov legislative database now has the ability to download search results. Anytime you do a search, anywhere in Congress.gov, you will see a “Download Results” link next to “Save this Search” link in the upper left corner. This will produce a .csv file that can be opened by a spreadsheet application.”  For more information… Continue Reading

Paper – Notice and Takedown in Everyday Practice

Urban, Jennifer M. and Karaganis, Joe and Schofield, Brianna L., Notice and Takedown in Everyday Practice (March 22, 2017). UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 2755628. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2755628 [via Mary Whisner] “It has been nearly twenty years since section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act established the so-called notice and takedown… Continue Reading

UAlbany Launches Project to Digitize History of Executions in the United States

“The M. Watt Espy Papers, execution files on more than 15,000 legal executions in the United States since 1608, are getting a digital makeover. Hailed by the New York Times as “America’s foremost death penalty historian,” M. Watt Espy (1933-2009) devoted more than 40 years to cataloging each legal execution since the founding of the… Continue Reading

GPO Launches New GPO.gov website

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) launches a newly designed, user-friendly agency website for customers, vendors, Federal agencies, libraries and the public looking for access to Government information, the latest GPO news, and GPO products and services. The beta site features a simple, mobile-friendly structure that connects the user in a more streamlined digital manner with… Continue Reading

The rise of reading analytics and the emerging calculus of reader privacy in the digital world

The rise of reading analytics and the emerging calculus of reader privacy in the digital world, Clifford Lynch. First Monday April 2017 Volume 22, Number 4. “This paper studies emerging technologies for tracking reading behaviors (“reading analytics”) and their implications for reader privacy, attempting to place them in a historical context. It discusses what data… Continue Reading

OCLC Report – The Realities of Research Data Management

The Realities of Research Data Management Part One: A Tour of the Research Data Management (RDM) Service Space. Rebecca Bryant, Senior Program Officer; Brian Lavoie, Research Scientist; Constance Malpas, Strategic Intelligence Manager & Research Scientist. “Research data is fundamental to scholarly inquiry, providing the raw material for empirical investigation and inference. The scale of research… Continue Reading

Killing Privacy Is Fine Because “Nobody’s Got To Use The Internet,” House Rep Says

WaPo via Consumerist: “From a distance, it can often be easy to criticize Congress as being out of touch, no matter what members are actually doing or what policies they’re proposing. But every once in a while, you get a response so staggeringly clueless you wonder if a lawmaker is living on the same planet… Continue Reading

Lexicographer for a Day

Whisner, Mary, Lexicographer for a Day (Winter 2017). Law Library Journal, Vol. 109, No. 1, Pp. 169-74 (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2952980 “Law librarians get to research a lot more than the law. This essay discusses two examples when I got to dabble in lexicography: “race to the bottom” and “till forbid.” Continue Reading

New Book Pays Tribute To The Library Card Catalog

I worked in college and special library technical services for quite a few years before I completed both college and my Master’s program. I was a cataloger, and my tools were dedicated OCLC terminals and hand typed catalog cards (the IBM Selectric was also indispensable in those days). I created my catalog cards, filed my… Continue Reading