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Category Archives: Libraries

NYT – Activists Rush to Save Government Science Data

Follow up to previous postings – Why is federal government data disappearing? and Please support DataRescue and other open access archive efforts, the New York Times highlights efforts by proactive teams that include librarians, advocacy groups, grad students, coders, archivists and scientists – Activists Rush to Save Government Science Data — If They Can Find… Continue Reading

GPO and LC release digital version of bound Congressional Record from 1971-1980

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1971-1980 on GPO’s govinfo. This release covers debates and proceedings of the 92nd thru the 96th Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as: The Administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon,… Continue Reading

FaganFinder is Back

March 4, 2017 – “I decided it was about time for a Fagan Finder update. The Video search page has been fully updates and is now much more comprehensive, going from 26 search options to 115. It includes all sorts of videos from documentaries to animated GIFs, and even related information such as TV/movie reviews,… Continue Reading

The New Yorker Poetry Bot

“The New Yorker Poetry Bot was developed in collaboration with Courtney Stanton and Darius Kazemi. They are the same artist-coders who crafted @staywokebot, a tool for activists in the form of a Twitter bot, and Madam Eva, an interactive fortune-telling bot that ran on the Dungeons & Dragons Twitter account. Kazemi, working under the name… Continue Reading

Reminder about free CRS reports via EveryCRSReport.com

“A few months back DemandProgress launched a website containing new Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports – https://www.everycrsreport.com. There are ~8,400 reports on the site, with more coming each week. We get the reports straight from Congress, there is no charge for access, and we make the reports available for bulk download. We also have a… Continue Reading

The Secret Life of Trees: The Astonishing Science of What Trees Feel and How They Communicate

Brain Pickings: “Trees dominate the world’s the oldest living organisms. Since the dawn of our species, they have been our silent companions, permeating our most enduring tales and never ceasing to inspire fantastical cosmogonies. Hermann Hesse called them “the most penetrating of preachers.” A forgotten seventeenth-century English gardener wrote of how they “speak to the… Continue Reading

Supporting Open Access

Open Access publishing—both Green and Gold varieties—are gaining greater acceptance. Librarians need to focus on ways to promote and improve the process. – “In light of last month’s political turmoil over Federal agency communications, Open Access may take on new significance. In response to a 2013 White House request, NASA announced in August that space… Continue Reading

Rolling Stone – Inside Lou Reed’s Revelatory New Public Archive

Inside Lou Reed’s Revelatory New Public Archive – Laurie Anderson, archivist Don Fleming talk complete, career-spanning trove of late icon’s papers and recordings – “Today, on what would have been Reed’s 75th birthday, Anderson and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center announced the latter’s acquisition of Reed’s complete personal… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – First Lifeline, Now Broadband Program for Schools and Libraries in the FCC’s Crosshairs

New on LLRX.com – First Lifeline, Now Broadband Program for Schools and Libraries in the FCC’s Crosshairs – In a previous article here on LLRX, Gigi Sohn wrote about how the new Federal Communications Commission majority revoked the approval of nine companies to become Lifeline providers and how that would weaken the Lifeline program and… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Can current antitrust law deal with Amazon?

Via LLRX.com – Can current antitrust law deal with Amazon? Chris Meadows calls our attention to a Yale Law Journal by Lina M. Khan published in January 2017 titled Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox. The author presents an argument in favor of modifying antitrust law in light of the realm of competition created by a burgeoning, powerful… Continue Reading

Curating Research Data: Practical Strategies for Your Digital Repository

ALA [Note the links in this posting are to PDF versions of two books] – “Data are becoming the proverbial coin of the digital realm: a research commodity that might purchase reputation credit in a disciplinary culture of data sharing, or buy transparency when faced with funding agency mandates or publisher scrutiny. Unlike most monetary… Continue Reading

2016 – Economic, Social and Cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet

“The 47 country reports gathered here illustrate the link between the internet and economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs). Some of the topics will be familiar to information and communications technology for development (ICT4D) activists: the right to health, education and culture; the socioeconomic empowerment of women using the internet; the inclusion of rural and indigenous… Continue Reading