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LC Coronavirus Resource Guide

Coronavirus Resource Guide – “This is intended as a guide to laws, regulations and executive actions in the United States, at both the federal and the state level, and in various countries with respect to the new coronavirus and its spread. We are also including links to Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports that provide information to Congress about the novel coronavirus. In addition, we provide links to relevant federal agency websites. We intend to update this guide on at least a weekly basis for the immediate future.”

The Law and Economics of Online Republication

Perry, Ronen, The Law and Economics of Online Republication (March 10, 2020). Iowa Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3552301 “Jerry publishes unlawful content about Newman on Facebook, Elaine shares Jerry’s post, the share automatically turns into a tweet because her Facebook and Twitter accounts are linked, and George immediately retweets it. Should Elaine and… Continue Reading

Your Money: A Hub for Help During the Coronavirus Crisis

The New York Times: Your Money: A Hub for Help During the Coronavirus Crisis – “If your income has fallen or been cut off completely, we’re here to help. This guide will connect you to the basic information you’ll need to get through this, including on government benefits, free services and financial strategies.” Continue Reading

CRS – Federal Workforce Statistics Sources: OPM and OMB

Federal Workforce Statistics Sources: OPM and OMB – Julie Jennings, Senior Research Librarian; Jared C. NagelSenior Research Librarian – Updated March 25, 2020 – “This report describes online tools, reports, and data compilations created by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that contain statistics about federal employees… Continue Reading

WaPo Live Coronavirus Updates – US and around the world

Access to these Washington Post updates is free – Live updates: Confirmed coronavirus cases approach 500,000 worldwide; Senate passes stimulus, but new U.S. jobless claims shatter decades-old record – “Much of the world’s population is now living under some sort of coronavirus-related restrictions as the total number of confirmed cases worldwide approaches 500,000. In Washington,… Continue Reading

Governments could track COVID-19 lockdowns through social media posts

CNET – A research group scrapes more than 500,000 Instagram profiles in Italy to see if people are abiding by the quarantine. “Your posts on social media have been harvested for advertising. They’ve been taken to build up a massive facial recognition database. Now that same data could be used by companies and governments to… Continue Reading

COVID-19, Copyright, and Library Superpowers

Kyle K. Courtney, COVID-19, Copyright, & Library Superpowers (Part I), KyleCourtney.com (March 11, 2020): “If you work in any of the higher ed institutions that are preparing to move online – maybe your copyright world has exploded in a range of questions on fair use, e-reserves, online access, scanning, digitization, and more! I am sure… Continue Reading

Free Webinar Thursday: Business Sources from the Federal Government

“In this free webinar, we will discuss why Government Information is sometimes better than commercially-available business information. We’ll also talk about the differences between the public domain and open access; when to use Government information; how to identify the types and uses of business information from the Federal Government; and how to create local, business-specific… Continue Reading

A case history in how Congress dealt with the Great Influenza

Roll Call: “In October 1918, during the depths of the influenza pandemic, Rep. Martin D. Foster, an Illinois Democrat, wanted to pass a bill to bolster the depleted ranks of doctors who could be called on to treat local outbreaks. It seemed like a good idea — tens of thousands of doctors were then serving… Continue Reading

Bezos, Other Corporate Executives Sold Shares Just in Time

“Bezos, Other Corporate Executives Sold Shares Just in Time,” by Susan Pulliam, Coulter Jones and Andrea Fuller: “Top executives at U.S.-traded companies sold a total of roughly $9.2 billion in shares of their own companies between the start of February and the end of last week, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows. “The selling saved… Continue Reading

ABA digital resources available for students and teachers

“As students and teachers rely more on remote learning amid the COVID-19 health emergency, the American Bar Association Division for Public Education is offering free digital resources on legal topics. The resources provide a way to explore current and historical information about the law to help boost learning though school doors are closed. As teachers… Continue Reading