March 20, 2018

U.S. Trade Rep Releases the 2016 “Special 301 Report” on Protection of American Intellectual Property Rights Across the World


From the Office of U.S. Trade Representative: On the heels of World Intellectual Property Day, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released the 2016 “Special 301” Report on the global state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman was joined by Members of Congress and the […]

Report: “Toronto Library Workers Say They’re Heading For Strike”

From The Star: More than 2,000 library workers will strike Monday, shutting Toronto’s 100 branches, unless the city gets serious about negotiating a new contract, their union says. With a strike or lockout possible starting midnight Sunday, Maureen O’Reilly, president of CUPE Local 4948, told reporters Wednesday she is “extremely concerned about the state of […]

News Roundup

1. Amazon Pickup Location To Open Inside Cal State University, Long Beach Bookstore UPDATE: Amazon Opening Pickup Location Near University of Connecticut Campus 2. ARL Celebrates House Passage of Email Privacy Act; Urges Senate to Pass Quickly 3. OpenCon 2016 to be held in Washington DC on November 12-14 4. Second Editor’s Draft of EPUB 3.1 Available for Review […]

Reference: New Data/Statistics: “Health, United States, 2015″ Released (Annual Report on U.S. Health Trends)


“Health, United States, 2015″ was released today by the National Center for Health Statistics/CDC. Resources What’s New Complete Report (461 pages; (PDF) At a Glance Highlights Chartbook Trend Tables Appendixes Index Direct to “In Brief” Version of Report (64 pages; PDF) 2015 Special Feature Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Chartbook Figures as PowerPoint slides Chartbook Data […]

Canada: Budget Cut Causing More than Half of Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries to Close in Next Two Years

From the CBC: The library board in Newfoundland and Labrador announced sweeping changes to its services Wednesday, adopting a regional library model which will see 54 branches close in the next two years. The board met Tuesday to discuss how best to deal with a $1-million loss in its annual budget, a cut made in […]

New: “Freedom of the Press 2016″ Report Published by Freedom House, Global Press Freedom at Lowest Point in 12 Years


From the Freedom of the Press 106 Report: Global press freedom declined to its lowest point in 12 years in 2015, as political, criminal, and terrorist forces sought to co-opt or silence the media in their broader struggle for power. The share of the world’s population that enjoys a Free press stood at just 13 […]

Video Recording of “Welcome to DPLAfest 2016″ Session Now Available Online


The Digital Public Library of America’s DPLAFest 2016 took place at multiple locations in Washington D.C. on April 14-15, 2016 and a video recording of the one-hour “Welcome to DPLAfest 2016″ session is now available here and also embedded below. We will continue to post DPLAfest videos as they become available. The session features remarks by: Dan Cohen, […]

Data: Smartphones are Most Used Platform For U.S. Adults, Television is Second

From a Nielsen Blog Post: According to Nielsen’s fourth-quarter 2015 Comparable Metrics Report, smartphones across all adult demographic groups are the most used platform, in terms of days per week among users of each medium—with adults 18+ using their devices nearly every day in the week (5.8 times per week), followed by television (5.5 times […]

Data: “What’s the Economic Impact of the Information Industry?”

A recent blog post titled, “What’s the Economic Impact of the Information Industry?” by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) offers some data and links to access additional resources. From the Blog Post: The industry now contributes close to $900 billion in value added to the U.S. economy. The information industry’s significance has grown so […]

Data Tools: NOAA Releases New Interface For Coastal Data Access Viewer


From the NOAA Digital Coast Blog: We’ve [recently] updated the interface to our Data Access Viewer (DAV) that provides custom downloads to lidar, imagery, and land cover data on Digital Coast. The post goes on to provide an in-depth look (with plenty of screenshots) at what’s updated and what’s new. It also provides a number […]