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Daily Archives: March 21, 2018

The Academic Law Library in the Age of Affiliations: A Case Study of the University of New Hampshire Law Library

Mignanelli, Nicholas, The Academic Law Library in the Age of Affiliations: A Case Study of the University of New Hampshire Law Library (2017). Law Library Journal, Vol. 109, No. 2, 2017. Available at SSRN:
“Difficult financial times have forced law schools to look for ways to restructure. One promising opportunity, especially for independent law schools, is affiliating with another law school or a university. How does this change impact the law library? This study of the University of New Hampshire Law Library seeks to provide a partial answer.”

New national study reveals voter perceptions of libraries

“The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, in partnership with OCLC, today released the report, From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018. The research updates OCLC’s seminal 2008 study that explored voter perceptions, use, and attitudes… Continue Reading

Report – The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States

“While legal abortions in the U.S. are safe, the likelihood that women will receive the type of abortion services that best meet their needs varies considerably depending on where they live, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  In addition, the report notes, the vast majority of abortions can… Continue Reading

The Science People See on Social Media

Science-related Facebook pages draw millions of followers but feature more posts with ‘news you can use’ or ads than scientific discoveries – “Millions of people see science-related information on their Facebook feeds or elsewhere on social media, but the kinds of science stories people most likely encounter are often practical tips with “news you can… Continue Reading

Zuckerberg apologizes defers to audit outcome accepts possible misuse by Russians while whistleblower details data gathering

Follow up to previous postings this week – Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, the 2016 Election, and a colossal misappropriation of social media data – Implications of Cambridge Analytica scandal widen in scope as do responses – updated – and NYT, Guardian – How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions – tonight Axios highlights the… Continue Reading

CRS – Modes of Constitutional Interpretation

Modes of Constitutional Interpretation, Brandon J. Murrill, Legislative Attorney. March 15, 2018. “When exercising its power to review the constitutionality of governmental action, the Supreme Court has relied on certain “methods” or “modes” of interpretation—that is, ways of figuring out a particular meaning of a provision within the Constitution. This report broadly describes the most… Continue Reading

Typos, spelling mistakes are commonplace in Trump’s White House

Washington Post: “…Amid all the chaos in the White House — including West Wing personnel drama, the Stormy Daniels scandal and Mueller’s Russia investigation, some wayward spellings and inaccurate honorifics might seem minor. But the constant small mistakes — which have dogged the Trump White House since the president’s official Inauguration Day poster boasted that… Continue Reading

Paper Shifting to Data Savvy: The Future of Data Science In Libraries

Shifting to Data Savvy: The Future of Data Science In Libraries, Burton, Matt; Lyon, Liz and Erdmann, Chris and Tijerina, Bonnie (2018) Shifting to Data Savvy: The Future of Data Science In Libraries. Project Report. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. “The Data Science in Libraries Project is funded by the Institute for Museum and Library… Continue Reading

Tools to understand and monitor the collection of your data by Facebook and Twitter

Fast Co. Design: Creative technologists are developing their own tools for investigating, nudging, and altering the world’s largest social network. “..To understand the kind of information the platform may have on you, and how it may use it, turn to Data Selfie, a project developed by the artists Hang Do Thi Duc and Regina Flores… Continue Reading


“The 2018 Edelman TRUST BAROMETER [Download the Global Results] reveals a world of seemingly stagnant distrust. People’s trust in business, government, NGOs and media remained largely unchanged from 2017 — 20 of 28 markets surveyed now lie in distruster territory, up one from last year. Yet dramatic shifts are taking place at the market level… Continue Reading