February 24, 2017

Online Collaboration: U.S. Dept of Defense Launches “Code.mil,” an Experiment in Open Source

From the U.S. Dept. of Defense: The Department of Defense (DoD) announced the launch of Code.mil, an open source initiative that allows software developers around the world to collaborate on unclassified code written by federal employees in support of DoD projects. DoD is working with GitHub, an open source platform, to experiment with fostering more […]

Video: CNI’s Joan Lippincott Discuses “Digital Scholarship Centers” During University of Houston Libraries Presentation

Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), spoke at the University of Houston Libraries last week (Feb. 15, 2017) and a recording of her presentation is now available online (and also embedded below). Lippincott’s talk is titled, “Digital Scholarship Centers: Partnering on New Forms of Research, Teaching & Learning” and […]

Cultural Heritage: Europeana Releases a Revised Strategy Document

From Europeana Professional: Believing that culture connects Europe in all of its diversity, contributes to growth and can really transform the world underpins the work of Europeana and all her friends. It has been three years since we launched our 2020 Strategy. The technical landscape keeps evolving; user behaviour changes and information isn’t consumed in […]

News Roundup

1. Amazon Says First Amendment Protects Alexa Data (via PC Magazine) 2. Economic Data and More: Improvements on FRASER, Now Mobile and Flexible 3. FCC Votes to Lift Net Neutrality Transparency Rules For Smaller Internet Providers (via The Verge) ||| How the FCC Announces Decision 4. Chief Digital Officer Steps Down From White House Job Over Background Check (via Politico) […]

The New York Public Library Announces Five Finalists For 30th Annual Helen Bernstein Book Award For Excellence in Journalism


From the NYPL: The New York Public Library has named five nonfiction books finalists in the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The Bernstein Award honors working journalists whose books bring clarity and public attention to important issues, events or policies and the 2017 finalists’ works […]

Reference: Amnesty International Report 2016/17: The State of the World’s Human Rights


From an Amnesty International Blog Post/Summary: The report, The State of the World’s Human Rights, delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights around the world, covering 159 countries. It warns that the consequences of “us vs them” rhetoric setting the agenda in Europe, the United States and elsewhere is fuelling a […]

Take a Look: “The Truth is Hard” (New TV Commercial From The New York Times)

Released today.

Unlatching Them All! Knowledge Unlatched Will Be Making 343 Humanities and Social Science E-Books Open Access


From KU: Knowledge Unlatched is very happy to announce that we will be unlatching all 147 front list and 196 backlist e-books from the KU Select 2016 collection. Around 270 libraries and consortia from 21 countries pledged towards the unlatching of this collection, which shows that there is great global support for Knowledge Unlatched’s mission in […]

Primary Document: “Trump Administration Lifts Transgender Bathroom Guidance”

UPDATE Feb 24, 2017 : ALA Strongly Protests Rollback of Protections For Our Nation’s Transgender Students Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement strongly protesting the rollback of protections for transgender students in our nation’s public schools. “The Trump administration’s decision to revoke important protections for transgender students couldn’t conflict more […]

Access: “Several State Legislatures Considering Updates to Open Records Laws”

From a Student Press Law Center (SPLC) Blog Post: In January, the SPLC reported on a bill in North Dakota that would exempt applicants for top positions at state universities from the state open records act. Since then, several states have filed legislation to change the operation of their respective open records laws. Ranging from […]