December 11, 2017

New York Public Library: The Most Popular Check Outs of 2016

From a NYPL Blog Post: Over 25 million items are circulated through our network of libraries each year, and among those items there are both expected front-runners and a few interesting surprises every year. For your perusal, we’ve compiled lists of the top books checked out systemwide and in The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island […]

A Selection of New/Updated Reports From the Congressional Research Service

Thank you to the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) for making these and MANY more CRS reports publicly accessible. Can the President Withdraw from the Paris Agreement? Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress December 7, 2016 R41153 Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2008-2015 December 19, 2016 R44716 The Federal Anti-Nepotism Statute: […]

University of Kansas Libraries Offering Buttons For Employees, Visitors to Display Preferred Gender Pronouns

From the Lawrence Journal-World: A number of University of Kansas Libraries employees now wear buttons showing their preferred gender pronouns. Extra buttons are offered for students who want one, too. “Because gender is, itself, fluid and up to the individual,” a posted sign at the libraries explains. “Each person has the right to identify their […]

Croatia: For a Limited Time, Croatians Get Free Access to a Digital Library of 100,000 Books

From a Global Voices Report: In December, Croatia became a “Free Reading Zone” for all its residents willing to install a special mobile app that provides access to a rich e-book library. [Clip] The Croatia Reads app provides free access to 100,000 books, mostly in English, to its users based in Croatia. These include top titles […]

New Report: “Making Citizen-Generated Data Work”

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From an Open Knowledge International Blog Post: We are pleased to announce a new research series investigating how citizens and civil society create data to drive sustainable development. The series follows on from earlier papers on Democratising The Data Revolution and how citizen-generated data can change what public institutions measure. The first report “Making Citizen-Generated Data […]

News Roundup

1.  Google Search Console Warns of Nonsecure Collection of Passwords with Upcoming Chrome Browser Release (via Search Engine Land) 2.  Amazon Alexa Data Wanted in Murder Investigation (via PC World) ||| Can an Amazon Echo Testify Against You? (via New York Magazine) 3. 14 Books CBLDF Defended in 2016 (via Comic Book Legal Defense Fund)

Conference Paper: “Privacy, Anonymity, and Perceived Risk in Open Collaboration: A Study of Tor Users and Wikipedians”

The following paper will be presented at CSCW 2017 (20th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing) in Portland, Oregon, USA, February 25 – March 1, 2017. Title Privacy, Anonymity, and Perceived Risk in Open Collaboration: A Study of Tor Users and Wikipedians Authors Andrea Forte Drexel University Nazanin Andalibi Drexel University Rachel […]

EFF: “HTTPS Deployment Growing by Leaps and Bounds…”

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: By some measures, more than half of page loads in Firefox and in Chrome are now secured with HTTPS—the first time this has ever happened in the Web’s history. That’s right: for the first time ever, most pages viewed on the Web were encrypted! (As another year-in-review post will discuss, […]

Germany: “Scholars Fret About Fate of ‘Holy Grail’ German Abbey Books”

From the Associated Press:  It was filthy, cramped and in major disarray, but when art historian Eva Lindqvist Sandgren entered the library in Altomuenster Abbey, off-limits to all but the German monastery’s nuns for more than five centuries, she immediately knew she was looking at a major treasure. The dusty shelves held at least 500 […]

New Article: “Anatomy of Scholarly Information Behavior Patterns in the Wake of Social Media” (Preprint)

The following article (preprint) was recently posted in the arXiv repository. Title Anatomy of Scholarly Information Behavior Patterns in the Wake of Social Media Authors Hamed Alhoori Northern Illinois University Argonne National Library Richard Furuta Texas A&M University Mohammed Samaka Qatar University Edward A. Fox Virginia Tech University Source via arXiv Abstract As more scholarly […]