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The OCLC v Clarivate Dilemma

Coyle’s Information, June 27, 2022: “OCLC has filed suit against the company Clarivate which owns Proquest and ExLibris. The suit focuses on a metadata service proposed by Ex Libris called “MetaDoor.” MetaDoor isn’t a bibliographic database à la WorldCat, it is a peer-to-peer service that allows its users to find quality records in the catalog systems of other libraries. (“MetaDoor” is a terrible name for a product, by the way.) What seems to specifically have OCLC’s dander up is that Ex Libris states that it will allow any and all libraries, not just its Alma customers, to use this service for free. As the service does not yet exist it is unknown how it could affect the library metadata sharing environment. It may succeed, it may fail. If it succeeds, the technology that Ex Libris develops will be a logical next step in bibliographic data sharing, but its effect on OCLC is hard to predict…”

See also: OCLC Files Suit Against Clarivate for Using Its WorldCat Cataloging for a New Service

Publishers discriminate against women and Black authors—but readers don’t

Quartz: “It’s no secret that the book publishing world features plenty of discrimination.An analysis by the New York Times found that just 11% of fiction published in 2018 was written by people of color; in June 2020, a viral Twitter hashtag called #PublishingPaidMe revealed that many well-known Black authors had received book advances that paled… Continue Reading

OCLC Files Suit Against Clarivate for Using Its WorldCat Cataloging for a New Service

Information Today NewsBreaks:  “On June 13, 2022, OCLC filed suit against Clarivate PLC and its subsidiaries, Clarivate Analytics (US) LLP, Ex Libris, and ProQuest in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio. Claims in the suit include tortious interference with contracts and prospective business relationships and conspiracy to interfere with contracts and business… Continue Reading

New Animal Law Research Guide From the University of Toronto’s Bora Laskin Law Library

SLAW – “The University of Toronto Bora Laskin Law Library, in partnership with Professor Angela Fernandez and Animal Law Research Associate Sam Skinner, is proud to announce the launch of the Animal Law Research Guide, a resource for those researching Canadian animal law. The Animal Law Research Guide seeks to provide a collection of secondary… Continue Reading

Ok, Zoomer: Teaching Legal Research to Gen Z

Schlinck, Olivia, Ok, Zoomer: Teaching Legal Research to Gen Z (June 14, 2022). Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 684, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4136738 “Generation Z has entered law school. With each new generation comes new education preferences. While research on Gen Z in the legal academy has grown over the past few years, to… Continue Reading

Law Library of Congress Studies on Firearms, Weapons, and Gun Control

In Custodia Legis: “A search of legal reports produced by the Law Library of Congress has identified multiple reports on gun laws around the world. The reports date back to the early 1960s, reflecting the interest in the topics of “firearms” OR “weapons” OR “gun control” OR “weapons industry” by Law Library of Congress patrons… Continue Reading

ABC to abolish 58 librarian and archivist jobs with journalists to do archival work

The Guardian: “…Archivists and librarians at the ABC [Australian Broadcasting Corporation] are in shock after management unveiled plans to abolish 58 positions and make journalists research and archive their own stories. Reporters and producers working on breaking news, news programs and daily programs like 7.30 will have to search for archival material themselves and will… Continue Reading

FAQ on researching public international law

In Custodia Legis: “…A favorite of mine is the FAQ on researching public international law. This FAQ provides information about public international law as well as a link to a Law Library research guide on this topic. This FAQ also provides references to another research guide on the related topic of treaties and an FAQ… Continue Reading

The New Words Without Borders: The Future of Reading the World

Words Without Borders: “The launch of our new website and publishing model ushers in a new era for the leading digital magazine for international literature. In our pages this month, new work by Olga Tokarczuk, Jokha Alharthi, Fernanda Melchor, Boubacar Boris Diop, and more…As Words Without Borders nears twenty years of publishing, it can boast… Continue Reading

Find WorldCat Entities to improve resource discoverability through connections

“OCLC releases more than 150 million WorldCat Entities as the foundation of a linked data infrastructure. Work to develop shared entity management infrastructure will improve discoverability of scholarly materials on the web logo: WorldCat Entities. OCLC has completed a project, funded in part by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, to develop a shared entity… Continue Reading

8 Nonfiction Books About Censorship

Book Riot: “If there’s one thing to love about Book Riot, it’s that contributors and editors around here are excellent at covering censorship and book banning attempts. From historical topics like the history of Nazi book burning, to heartwarming attempts to rectify wrongs like the Brooklyn Library offering teens across the U.S. access to banned… Continue Reading