October 24, 2016

Facebook Plans to Allow More Newsworthy/Important Items to Public Interest Even if They Otherwise Violate Community Standards

This should be interesting to watch. From a Facebook Newsroom Post by Joel Kaplan, VP Global Public Policy, and Justin Osofsky, VP Global Operations & Media Partnerships: Observing global standards for our community is complex. Whether an image is newsworthy or historically significant is highly subjective. Images of nudity or violence that are acceptable in […]

News Roundup

1. National Science Foundation (NSF) Awards $5.9 Million to Broaden Participation in Academic Workforce Funding for three new alliances consisting of 14 partner universities as part of NSF’s Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program. 2. Murdoch University is First Australian Library to use OCLC Sustainable Collection Services 3. Swedish Library Consortium to […]

In Second Year, Rider University’s Textbook Reserve Program Doubles in Size

From Rider University: The Textbook Reserve Program that Rider University launched in the fall of 2015 is continuing into the new school year. The program provides students access to books required for most freshman courses (100 level), and some 200 level courses that many freshmen take. The goal of the program is to help reduce […]

California: New Statewide Arts Education Database Highlights Gaps in Hopes Of Spurring Change

From KPCC Radio: Last school year, 101,374 students attending California schools had no access to arts instruction at school, according to data released Thursday by a statewide arts education collaborative. That’s just 3 percent of students who had not a single arts course offered at their school. But if you examine the data through the lens […]

Research Tools: University of Chicago’s Human Rights Center Launches Archive of 10,000+ Chicago Police Department Documents Related to Torture

From The Chicago Maroon (Student Newspaper at U. of Chicago): On Tuesday, the University’s Pozen Family Center for Human Rights launched an online archive of nearly 10,000 documents related to acts of torture committed by police in Chicago between 1972 and 1991. [Clip] The People’s Law Office collected almost 10,000 files related to the interrogations, […]

Research Tools: State of Delaware Launches Open Data Portal


From Delaware Business Times: From traffic/transit data to crime reports and information about licensing and certifications, the state’s Open Data Portal was officially launched this week at an event hosted by Technology Forum of Delaware and Open Data Delaware. The initiative was established by Gov. Jack Markell earlier this year under Executive Order 57, which […]

Illinois: Mayor Wants to Co-Locate New Chicago Public Library Branches in Public Housing Developments

From the Chicago Tribune: A concept called “co-location” puts libraries in everything from community centers to high schools as a way to lower building costs and increase the number of library patrons. Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to give it a new twist, putting Chicago Public Library branches in eye-catching works of architecture that will also […]

Canada: 2016 Ontario Public Library Service Awards Short List Nominees Announced

From the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport: The 2016 short list nominees for the Minister’s Award for Innovation and the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence are: Brighton Public Library Tech Help One on One Brighton Public Library’s Tech Help One on One project responds directly to an illustrated need for more focused, cost […]

State Libraries: “Library of Virginia Layoffs Will Hinder Open Government, Preservation of Historical Record”

From The Virginia-Pilot: The Library of Virginia will lose 15 of its 126 employees under Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to close a projected budget shortfall, and it’s not yet clear which positions will be cut. [Clip] Of the state’s 26 layoffs for fiscal 2017, 15 are coming from the Library of Virginia. The library’s budget […]

Documents in the News: EPA’s Office of Inspector General Releases Report/Management Alert on Flint Water Crisis


From the Office of Inspector General , Environmental Protection Agency: The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a finding that the agency had the authority and sufficient information to issue an emergency order to protect Flint, Mich., residents from lead-contaminated water as early as June 2015. The EPA did […]