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As libraries go digital, paper books still have a lot to offer us

Via LLRX – – As libraries go digital, paper books still have a lot to offer us – Ksenya Kiebuzinski, University of Toronto Libraries, offers perspective on how librarians face challenges in maintaining traditional means of accessing and delivering information to our users while embracing innovative media. We appreciate the value of both analogue (print… Continue Reading

Picking Prosecutors

Carissa Byrne Hessick & Michael Morse, Picking Prosecutors, 105 Iowa L. Rev. 1537 (2020): “The United States imprisons its citizens at such a remarkable rate ––unprecedented in American history and without international parallel ––that critics have characterized the country as a carceral state. Despite its size, the “carceral state has been a largely invisible feature”… Continue Reading

2020 Directory of Directories

Via LLRX – 2020 Directory of Directories – This new guide by Marcus P. Zillman is a comprehensive listing of directory, subject guide and index resources and sites on the Internet. The guide includes sites in the private, public, corporate, academic and non-profit sectors and spans the following subject matters: Academic/Education; Economics/Business; Government and Statistics;… Continue Reading

5 things you should do right now to fight the rising number of COVID-19 cases

Via LLRX – 5 things you should do right now to fight the rising number of COVID-19 cases – The increase of COVID-19 cases across the country calls for quick action that is repeatable, sustained and undertaken by the largest possible number of community participants. Prof. Kacey Ernst and graduate student Paulina Columbo, both of… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Responses Highlight How Humans Have Evolved to Dismiss Facts That Don’t Fit Their Worldview

Scientific American – Science denialism is not just a simple matter of logic or ignorance:  “Americans increasingly exist in highly polarized, informationally insulated ideological communities occupying their own information universes. Within segments of the political blogosphere, global warming is dismissed as either a hoax or so uncertain as to be unworthy of response. Within other geographic or online… Continue Reading

News Deserts and Ghost Newspapers: Will Local News Survive?

UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media – “The paradox of the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic shutdown is that it has exposed the deep fissures that have stealthily undermined the health of local journalism in recent years, while also reminding us of how important timely and credible local news and information are to… Continue Reading

New research explores how conservative media misinformation may have intensified the severity of the pandemic

Washington Post – “…The three studies paint a picture of a media ecosystem that entertains conspiracy theories and discourages audiences from taking steps to protect themselves and others.. There are many reasons our response to the pandemic tied to more than 120,000 U.S. deaths has faltered, experts say, including the lack of a cohesive federal… Continue Reading

Knowledge Mismanagement – How the Virus Won

The New York Times – article and infographics – “Invisible outbreaks sprang up everywhere. The United States ignored the warning signs. We analyzed travel patterns, hidden infections and genetic data to show how the epidemic spun out of control…How the First Outbreaks Spread – Top federal health experts concluded by late February that the virus… Continue Reading

‘Subpar in Every Aspect’: Harvard Law Student Sues Over Online Classes – “A Harvard Law student has filed a class action against the university, arguing that students should be charged a lower tuition for online classes on the grounds that they are inferior to in-person instruction. Harvard is the latest target in a wave of litigation focused on college and university tuition reimbursements amid the… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Researchers Are Dismantling Science’s Ivory Tower One Study at a Time

Wired – “…We decided to formally launch our effort with a weekend hackathon. Other groups had organized similar events to develop diagnostic tests and help with the shortage of medical equipment, so why not do the same for research? From the beginning, we knew we’d have to shake up the usual way of doing things.… Continue Reading