December 16, 2017

“Data On The Web Best Practices” Now W3C Recommendation

From the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Website: W3C is delighted to publish its Data on the Web Best Practices as a Recommendation. The document offers 35 Best Practices for sharing data, openly or not, in a way that maximizes the potential of the Web as a data platform rather than simply as a way […]

Reference: Full Text: “An Introduction to Information Security” (Draft Document From NIST)

From the National Institute of Standards and Technology. (NIST) Summary: NIST invites comments on Draft SP 800-12 Revision 1, An Introduction to Information Security. Information security is a constantly growing and evolving science. With that, it is necessary to update the information from the original publication to stay current with information security terms and technology […]

Scholastic Releases New National Research on Children’s Reading (Kids & Family Reading Report, 6th Ed.)

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From Scholastic: Scholastic today released results from the Kids & Family Reading Report: 6th Edition, a biannual national survey of children ages 6–17 and their parents, as well as parents of kids ages 0–5, exploring their attitudes and behaviors around reading. Key findings reveal what kids and parents look for in children’s books—including types of storylines […]

Freedom House Releases “Freedom in the World 2017″ Report

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Freedom in the World 2017: Populists and Autocrats: The Dual Threat to Global Democracy was published today by Freedom House. Key Findings With populist and nationalist forces making significant gains in democratic states, 2016 marked the 11th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. There were setbacks in political rights, civil liberties, or both, in a […]

New Report From a CNI Executive Roundtable: “Library/IT Partnerships with Campus Museums & Archives”

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From the Coalition for Networked Information: At the December 2016 CNI meeting in Washington, DC, we held an Executive Roundtable on the topic of Library and IT Partnerships with Campus Museums and Archives. We discussed a wide range of topics related to the development of institution-wide strategies for describing, managing, curating, enhancing access, preserving, and […]

ALA Releases Statement Re: Recent Actions by New Administration

UPDATE (February 13, 2017) CLIR and DLF Leadership Reaffirm Commitment to Advance, Protect, and Uphold the Shared Values of our Information Communities UPDATE (February 10, 2017) Missouri: Kansas City Public Library Invites Public to Share Messages of Love, Support to KC Immigrant Community Minnesota: Hennepin County Library Posts Messages That ‘All are Welcome Here’ UPDATE (February 9, 2017) […]

Yale University Opens a Unified Hub for Teaching and Learning Inside Former Library Space

From YaleNews: Yale’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) celebrated its grand opening on Jan. 27 in 24,000 square feet of renovated space in Sterling Memorial Library. From dedicated tutoring rooms to public touch down areas, the CTL has created a unified hub of activity dedicated to advancing the University’s teaching and learning mission. [Clip] […]

A Bloomberg Columnist on How “Books Stubbornly Refused to Be Disrupted, and It Worked”

From a “Bloomberg View” Column by Leonid Bershidsky: Reading a paper book — or listening to vinyl records, whose remarkable comeback continued last year — is a statement, a human being’s answer to being increasingly surrounded, and now even threatened, by machines. [Clip] Book publishers have kept their paper-based operations and helped their physical distribution networks to stay alive […]

Maps/GIS: Federal Agencies Working Together to Improve Data in the Living Atlas

From ESRI: The United States Geological Survey (USGS)’s Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) has been updated. Version 1.4 of PAD-US benefited greatly from the efforts of the Federal Lands Workgroup of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC). This workgroup includes the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and […]

ARL and AAUP Issue Statement Opposing Trump’s Immigration Order

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FULL TEXT of a Joint Statement by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) & Association of American University Presses: President Trump’s recent executive order temporarily barring entry into the US by individuals from seven countries is contrary to the values held by libraries and presses, and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association […]