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Monthly Archives: March 2023

I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian webinar

“I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian webinar is scheduled for April 6, 2023, from 1-2pm Eastern. This session, co-hosted by Teresa Hazen (University of Arizona Libraries) and Lisa Nickum (Colorado School of Mines) will teach you all about TRAIL (the Technical Report Archive and Image Library). During this webinar, you will learn about the project, the value of government agency technical reports, and how to discover them for your own research”

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“Abstract: The Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL) identifies, acquires, catalogs, digitizes and provides unrestricted access to U.S. government agency technical reports. TRAIL currently consists of over four dozen member institutions whose annual membership fees and volunteered staff time further the efforts of the project. During this webinar, you will learn about the project, the value of government agency technical reports, and how to discover them for your own research. You will leave the webinar with the knowledge to find this information on your own as well as learn about this unique and important national initiative.”

Publishers Worry A.I. Chatbots Will Cut Readership

The New York Times: “Many sites get at least half their traffic from search engines. Fuller results generated by new chatbots could mean far fewer visitors. The publishing industry has spent the past two decades struggling to adjust to the internet, as print circulation has plummeted and tech companies have gobbled up rivers of advertising… Continue Reading

Digital Identity During Times of Crisis

“The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society hosted a 10-week Research Sprint from October to December 2022 investigating Digital Identity in Times of Crisis, in collaboration with partners metaLAB at Harvard, the Edgelands Institute, and Access Now. BKC Research Sprints are an educational format developed at the Center that connects early-career scholars and practitioners… Continue Reading

We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC

National Women’s History Museum: We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC traces Black feminism in Washington, DC from the turn of the 20th century through the civil rights and Black Power movements to today. Curated by renowned historians Sherie M. Randolph and Kendra T. Field, the exhibition focuses on the stories and voices of… Continue Reading

BookTok is Good, Actually: On the Undersung Joys of a Vast and Multifarious Platform

Lit Hub – Leigh Stein Wonders Why More Book People Don’t Embrace the Publishing Juggernaut. “Shallow, fake, showy, and performative—these are a few of the adjectives used to describe BookTok, the corner of TikTok where young women share and discuss books on camera, by drive-by tourists to a culture they don’t understand. I’m no BookTok… Continue Reading

Report: Terrible employee passwords at world’s largest companies

The Wealthiest Companies with the Weakest Passwords – “Do large companies have unbeatable password habits? Think again. NordPass has compiled a list of passwords used by the world’s largest companies across 20 industries and 31 countries to “secure” their business accounts. Spoiler alert: they’re terrible. Don’t believe us? See for yourself but please, don’t get… Continue Reading

Biden Urges Regulators to Reverse Trump Weakening of Safeguards and Supervision for Large Regional Banks

FACT SHEET: “President Biden Urges Regulators to Reverse Trump Administration Weakening of Common-Sense Safeguards and Supervision for Large Regional Banks…As the President said when his administration announced actions to stabilize the banking system, he is committed to “continuing our efforts to strengthen oversight and regulation of larger banks so that we are not in this position again.”… Continue Reading

Microsoft announces generative AI Security Copilot

CSO – “Microsoft’s new generative AI security system grafts GPT-4 into its security offerings for integrated analysis and responses. AI Security Copilot’s basic interface is similar to the chatbot functionality familiar to generative AI users. It can be used in the same way, to answer security questions in a natural manner, but the more impressive… Continue Reading

Donald Trump indicted; 1st ex-president charged with crime

“CNN’s John Miller on-air Thursday evening announced, “I am told by my sources that this is 34 counts of falsification of business records, which is probably a lot of charges involving each document, each thing that was submitted, as a separate count.” Upated April 4, 2023 – ALL 34 counts are Class E felonies –… Continue Reading

Coalition Urge FCC to Provide All Consumers With Robust Protection From Data Breaches

“Last week, EPIC, along with the Center for Democracy and Technology, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and Public Knowledge, jointly filed reply comments with the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to prioritize protecting consumers from data breaches by explicitly naming and outlining its multiple sources of legal authority to protect privacy. As the comments explain, this… Continue Reading

Libraries Need More Freedom to Distribute Digital Books

The Atlantic: “Last week, a district court judge in New York ruled on Hachette Book Group, Inc. v. Internet Archive, a case that is likely to shape how we read books on smartphones, tablets, and computers in the future. Although the case hinged on technical details of copyright law, the source of the conflict is… Continue Reading