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Monthly Archives: November 2017

10 Microsoft Word Hacks For Legal Professionals

“When you’re working hard to meet tight deadlines, you don’t have time to painstakingly bold every title in your document or fiddle with mysterious formatting inconsistencies at the 11th hour. Word can do more than you think. There are plenty of options for getting the program to work for you so that you always meet… Continue Reading

HBS – How Independent Bookstores Have Thrived in Spite of Amazon.com

Harvard Business School: “Ryan Raffaelli set out to discover how independent bookstores managed to survive and even thrive in spite of competition from Amazon and other online retailers. His initial findings reveal how much consumers still value community and personal contact.” “When Amazon.com burst onto the nascent online retail scene in 1995, the future seemed… Continue Reading

The Generalized Specialist: How Shakespeare, Da Vinci, and Kepler Excelled

Read the entire article at Farnam Street “…A generalist is a person who is a competent jack of all trades, with lots of divergent useful skills and capabilities. This is the handyman who can fix your boiler, unblock the drains, replace a door hinge, or paint a room. The general practitioner doctor whom you see… Continue Reading

IssueVoter supports direct communications between voters and elected officials

FastCompany: “A site called IssueVoter is designed to make it much simpler to follow what elected officials are doing, easily share opinions about proposed bills, and track the results of votes.“I use this analogy: When you hire someone, and you pay and promote them, you get to see their work and evaluate the work they’re… Continue Reading

WSJ – The 6 Laws of Technology Everyone Should Know

Professor who summarized the impact of technology on society 30 years ago seems prescient now, in the age of smartphones and social media – “Three decades ago, a historian wrote six laws to explain society’s unease with the power and pervasiveness of technology. Though based on historical examples taken from the Cold War, the laws… Continue Reading

Consumer Protection Bureau Now Has Two Interim Acting Directors

The New York Times: “Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s budget director, was named the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on November 24, 2017…moving to take control of the agency hours after its departing leader had taken steps to install his own choice for acting chief. By the end of the night, an agency… Continue Reading

The Many Faces of Digital Visitors and Residents: Facets of Online Engagement

Connaway, Lynn Silipigni, Vanessa Kitzie, Erin M. Hood and William Harvey. 2017. The Many Faces of Digital Visitors & Residents: Facets of Online Engagement. With contributions from Allison Benedetti, Agustí Canals, Liliana Gregori, Eva Ortoll Espinet, Daniel Lozano, Melissa Man, Josep Cobarsí Morales, Sara Giuliana Ricetto, Riccardo Melgrati, Eva M. Méndez Rodríguez, Andrea Sada, Peter… Continue Reading

AALL – Budgets, Staffing for Law Libraries on the Rise

AALL news release: ” Law library information budgets and full-time law library staff are both increasing, according to the AALL Biennial Salary Survey & Organizational Characteristics study  (purchase req’d) conducted by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). The study, the 13th conducted by AALL, provides the only comprehensive, comparative salary information designed by and… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity: Cybercrime and National Security Authoritative Reports and Resources

CRS Reports & Analysis – Cybersecurity: Cybercrime and National Security Authoritative Reports and Resources. November 14, 2017 (R44408): “As online attacks grow in volume and sophistication, the United States is expanding its cybersecurity efforts. Cybercriminals continue to develop new ways to ensnare victims, whereas nation-state hackers compromise companies, government agencies, and businesses to create espionage… Continue Reading

No boundaries: Exfiltration of personal data by session-replay scripts

Freedom to Tinker – “This is the first post in our “No Boundaries” series, in which we reveal how third-party scripts on websites have been extracting personal information in increasingly intrusive ways. by Steven Englehardt, Gunes Acar, and Arvind Narayanan. Update: we’ve released our data — the list of sites with session-replay scripts, and the… Continue Reading

Consortium of news publishers launch The Trust Project

“The Trust Project is an international consortium of news organizations collaborating to use transparency to build a more trustworthy and trusted press. Led by award-winning journalist Sally Lehrman, it is hosted by Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Search engines and social media platforms, which have become important news distributors, are participating as… Continue Reading

More Machine Learning About Congress’ Priorities

ProPublica: “Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is a tax wonk ― and most observers of Congress know that. But knowing what interests the other 434 members of Congress is harder. To make it easier to know what issues each lawmaker really focuses on, we’re launching a new feature in our Represent database called Policy… Continue Reading