December 11, 2017

New Survey Report: Foreign Intelligence Gathering Laws (European Union, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, & Sweden)

Here’s a recently published research report by the Law Library of Congress. From the Intro: This report contains information on laws regulating the collection of intelligence in the European Union, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, and Sweden. The report details how EU Members States control activities of their intelligence agencies and what restrictions are […]

Wikimedia Posts List of the Top 10 Most Edited Wikipedia Pages During 2014

The complete Wikimedia Foundation blog post has more info and analysis. Here’s the list itself: Top 10 Most Edited Pages on English-language Wikipedia in 2014 1. Deaths in 2014 (19,789 edits) 2. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (10,217) 3. Japanese dissidence during the Shōwa period (8,212) 4. Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa (7,794) 5. Islamic […]

U.S. Copyright Office Publishes and Releases “Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition Online

Note: infoDOCKET published an item on August 20, 2014 announcing the release of a DRAFT version of this document. What’s being announced today is the release of the official third ed. of the compendium. From U.S. Copyright Office (via Federal Register): The Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices is the administrative manual of the Register […]

Hawaii: Stacie Kanno Named Interim State Librarian

From BigIslandNow.com: Stacie Kanno will assume the role of State Librarian in an interim role at the beginning of 2015. [Clip] Kanno has overseen the Kapolei and Hawai’i Kai public libraries on Oahu since 2011, along with other tasks. In 2008, she was named the Public Librarian of the Year by the Friends of the […]

Digitization Projects: Historical Society of Washington D.C. Receives City Fund Grant to Initiate Digital Collections Project

From a Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Blog Post: The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region awarded the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. a grant from the City Fund to help begin digitizing its collections. The grant funds the creation of a plan to digitize many of the organization’s historic collections and begin the […]

Recently Held ALA Town Hall Meetings Now Available to View On Demand

From ALA: The American Library Association’s three virtual town hall meetings, held during the months of November and December, have been archived and are now available to members [and others, no login required] to view at their convenience. These meetings focused on the Association’s new strategic directions for the next three to five years: Advocacy, […]

Pennsylvania: Lackawanna College, Scranton Public Library Sign Collaborative Agreement

From GoLackawanna.com: Lackawanna College and the Scranton Public Library signed a document Dec. 18 entering into a cooperative agreement to encourage greater student use of the Albright Library, as well as provide access for the general public to the College’s library resources. The Albright Library has long been a resource for students pursuing associate degrees […]

Librarians: Iowa State University’s Harrison Inefuku Named to Des Moines Register’s “15 People to Watch in 2015″ List

We don’t see librarians on these types of lists all that often (why not?) so it’s not only exciting for Harrison Inefuku and his ISU colleagues but also for the entire library profession and OA movement. Congrats and kudos Harrison!!! From the Des Moines Register: Harrison Inefuku, 30, was hired by Iowa State University in […]

Missouri: St. Louis County Library’s New “Born to Read” Will Give Free Books to Newborns and Parents

An inspiring new program in STL. Kudos to the SLCL team!!! We look forward to learning more about this program as 2015 gets underway. From St. Louis Public Radio: A new program aimed at promoting early childhood literacy is giving free books to newborns, starting in January. Through its “Born to Read” program, St. Louis […]

New Research Resource: Most Detailed Global Ecological Land Units Map in the World Released and Available Online (Free)

From Government Technology: It started — as a good story should — at an Addis Abba hotel. Roger Sayre, the Senior Scientist for Ecosystems at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), had finished presenting a new map at the 2013 African GIS conference when he ran into Esri CEO Jack Dangermond. The two started talking, and […]