April 28, 2017

ALA Issues Statement in Full Support of NEH and NEA

From the American Library Association (Full Text): Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. “For more than 50 years, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) have […]

Altmetrics: Plum Analytics Acquired by Elsevier

Note: Plum Analytics has been acquired by Elsevier. The altmetrics provided had been part of EBSCO since January 2014. From an Introductory Post by Andrea Michalek, Co-Founder of Plum Analytics: Combining with Elsevier means we can take our approach to measuring research impact to a wider audience. We will benefit from greater development resources and access to a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

Report: FCC’s New Chairman Introduces Plan to Scale Back Net Neutrality Transparency Rules

UPDATED March 7, 2017 American Library Association Adds Name to Coalition Letter to Keep the Net Neutral  ||| Direct to Full Text Letter (8 pages; PDF) From The Verge: In an early move as head of the agency, the new chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, circulated a plan to close the door on some […]

Roundup: “Trump Silences Government Scientists with Gag Orders”

UPDATED 6:30 PM “Information Lockdown Hits Trump’s Federal Agencies” (via Politico) Approx. 2000 word article. Federal agencies are clamping down on public information and social media in the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency, limiting employees’ ability to issue news releases, tweet or otherwise communicate with the outside world, according to memos and sources from […]

Report: “Ransomware Attack Makes All St. Louis Public Library Computers Inoperable”

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UPDATE 10:00AM (Saturday, Jan. 21, 2016) St. Louis Public Library OPAC Once Again Accessible Online UPDATE 8:30pm (Friday, Jan. 20, 2016) St. Louis Public Library Regains Control Of Server But Computer Services/Checkouts/OPAC Remain Unavailable (via St. Louis Post-Dispatch) UPDATE (Friday, Jan. 20, 2016) Letter to Library Patrons by Waller McGuire, Executive Director of the St. […]

Two Reports: “Librarian’s List of ‘Predatory’ Journals Reportedly Removed Due to ‘Threats And Politics'”

From Inside Higher Ed: An academic librarian’s lists of “predatory” journals and publishers on Sunday vanished from the internet without explanation. His business partners now say he was forced to shut down the website. [Clip] People first noticed Beall’s website had been wiped on Sunday. The pages that contained the lists now read “This service […]