October 23, 2017

Utah: “Senate Panel OKs Bill to Block Pornography on Library Wi-Fi”

From the Associated Press: A group of Utah senators signed off Tuesday on the first of two proposals this year continuing a lawmaker’s campaign against pornography. Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, led an effort last year for Utah to declare pornography a public health crisis, contending that pornography is addictive and distorts children’s thinking about […]

Reference: Supreme Court Nominee Neil M. Gorsuch (Biographical Info, Opinions Authored, Cong. Hearing Transcript, Lecture)

Basic biographical info and links to 288 opinions (including opinions for which Neil Gorsuch was on the panel) via Court Listener/Free Law Project. See Also: In-Depth Profile: Neil M. Gorsuch (via Scotus Blog; Approx. 3250 words) See Also: Bio: “Judge Neil M. Gorsuch” (via NARA; George W. Bush Archived Website) See Also: Financial Info: “Trump’s pick: […]

Public Libraries: “NC Kids” is New Statewide eBook Service That’s Now Available for Children in North Carolina

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From the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association: A first of its kind statewide eBook consortium specifically for children has launched in the Tar Heel State. The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive and the state of North Carolina has created a new digital resource sharing service for kids’ pre-K through […]

Library Copyright Alliance Shares Comments About U.S. Copyright Office Reform, New Register of Copyrights

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The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) has released responses/answers re: the next Register of Copyrights and reform of the re: U.S. Copyright Office. LCA consists of ALA, ARL, and ACRL. 1. Responses to Survey re: expertise needed by next Register of Copyrights (1 page; PDF). Here’s one question and response: What should be the top three priorities […]

Facebook Announces Two Changes to News Ranking Algorithm

From Facebook: With this update, we’re adding new universal signals to determine whether a post might be authentic. To do this, we categorized Pages to identify whether or not they were posting spam or trying to game feed by doing things like asking for likes, comments or shares. We then used posts from these Pages […]

Australia: State Library of New South Wales Will Get $15 Million Facelift to Help Transform into ‘Global Cultural Destination’

Note: $15 Million Australia Dollars = $11.37/USD From the Sydney Morning Herald: Millionaire industrialist Michael Crouch said the library’s Mitchell Wing reading room had been a good place to study even though his endeavours did not produce stellar results. “I studied here for two years,” he said. “I failed every exam.” Crouch, the founder of Zip Industries, is […]

Reference: Infographic: Fast Facts About Super Bowl LI (TV Viewership/Ads & Food/Beverage Purchases)

A new infographic featuring data from Nielsen. Additional info and infographic here (via Nielsen Wire).

Stephen King Announces Nominations For 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Now Open + Video

From the Library of Congress: Award-winning author and literacy advocate Stephen King helped the Library of Congress today launch its call for nominations for the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards. The annual awards support organizations working to promote literacy, both in the United States and worldwide, and are made possible through the generosity of […]

Digital Collections: 42,000 Items From Michigan Libraries Now Live on DPLA

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From the Digital Public Library of America: We are pleased to announce that the collections of the Michigan Service Hub are officially ‘live’ in DPLA and ready to explore! Accepted to the DPLA network in 2015, the Michigan Service Hub represents a collaborative effort between the Library of Michigan, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Michigan […]

News Roundup

1. Chrome’s Next Release Will Make DRM Mandatory: But That May Change (via PC World) 2.  Connecticut State Library Announces Availability of Newly Digitized New Haven Daily Morning Journal and Courier 1895-1908 3. OhioLink Licenses Two Statistics Databases From SAGE 4. Websites: New Version of Mendeley.com Now Live 5.  Open Access at De Gruyter Integrated with […]