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Daily Archives: September 9, 2018

How to Find a Novel, Short Story, or Poem Without Knowing its Title or Author

How to Find a Novel, Short Story, or Poem Without Knowing its Title or Author: “Locating a novel, short story, or poem without knowing its title or author can be very difficult. This guide is intended to help readers identify a literary work when they know only its plot or subject, or other textual information such as a character’s name, a line of poetry, or a unique word or phrase.” Created by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist, Library of Congress. [h/t gov-info: The Government Info Librarian blog]

New on LLRX – Exploring the global LegalTech ecosystem

Via – Exploring the global LegalTech ecosystem: Fueled by a combination of mushrooming LegalTech startups, an increasing interest from corporate legal departments, law firms looking into LegalTech strategies and most importantly, the legal media, LegalTech has come in the legal industry’s mainstream consciousness. Headline grabbing articles like “Machines are going to replace lawyers” or… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Three TextExpander Snippets You Should Be Using to Save Time Immediately

Via – Three TextExpander Snippets You Should Be Using to Save Time Immediately: Brett Burney recommends and demonstrates an application from which we can all benefit: Text Expander – its saves you time immediately because it can type for you. And not only does TextExpander save you time, but it’ll also make you a… Continue Reading

Who controls your data?

Engadget – We requested our personal information from dozens of companies. Here’s what they gave us — and what they didn’t: “The average American, one study tell us, touches their phone 2,600 times per day. By the end of a given year, that’s nearly a million touches, rising to two million if you’re a power… Continue Reading

Amazon global headquarters competition yields huge cache of economic data

Axios: “When Amazon invited cities to compete for its second global headquarters a year ago today, it got reams of data from the 238 entrants — enough to learn details of the cities’ future plans that a lot of their residents don’t even know about, Axios’ Erica Pandey reports. Why it matters: The information effectively… Continue Reading

NYT Op-Ed To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library

To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library. This crucial institution is being neglected just when we need it the most. By Eric Klinenberg (@EricKlinenberg), a professor of sociology and the director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University “…But the problem that libraries face today isn’t irrelevance. Indeed, in New York… Continue Reading

Paper – The Universal Decay of Human Collective Memory

Via the MIT Collective Learning Project – The Universal Decay of Human Collective Memory (the authors): “Collective memory is believed to decay through two mechanisms, one involving communicative memory–the memory sustained by oral communication–and another involving cultural memory–the memory sustained by the physical recording of information. Yet, there is no statistical evidence showing that collective… Continue Reading

GAO – Actions Taken by Equifax and Federal Agencies in Response to the 2017 Breach

Data Protection: Actions Taken by Equifax and Federal Agencies in Response to the 2017 Breach. GAO-18-559: Published: Aug 30, 2018. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2018: Hackers stole the personal data of nearly 150 million people from Equifax databases in 2017. How did Equifax, a consumer reporting agency, respond to that event? Equifax said that it… Continue Reading

Thousands of Historical California Legislative Publications Digitized and Openly Available Online

HathiTrust Blog: “HathiTrust now includes 4,000 California Assembly and Senate publications in its digital repository, available as a featured collection available for reading access worldwide. The result of a collaboration between the California Office of Legislative Counsel and librarians at the University of California, Stanford University, and the California State Library, the project was initiated… Continue Reading

Above It All: How the Court Got So Supreme

Longreads – Secrecy and speechifying, collegiality and hierarchy, exceptionalism and opulence on the Supreme Court. “…At the corner of East Capitol and First in Washington, D.C., across the street and a world away from the workaday Congress, resides the Court. Its proximity to Congress serves as a reminder of the looming power of the third… Continue Reading

Amazon’s Antitrust Antagonist Has a Breakthrough Idea

The New York Times: “With a single scholarly article, Lina Khan, 29, has reframed decades of monopoly law….In early 2017, when she was an unknown law student, Ms. Khan published “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox” in the Yale Law Journal. Her argument went against a consensus in antitrust circles that dates back to the 1970s — the… Continue Reading