March 23, 2018

Reference: Refugees: New Data: UNHCR’s Mid-Year Trends 2016 Report


From UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), the UN Refugee Agency: Conflict, persecution and violence newly uprooted at least 3.2 million people in the first half of last year, and low- and middle-income countries played the greatest role in sheltering the world’s displaced, a new report by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has found. […]

Missouri: From Longtime Librarian at the Kansas City Public Library To Library Benefactor – Diane Swanson Leaves $1 Million Gift

From the Kansas City Public Library: Diane Swanson gave 44 years of service to the Kansas City Public Library, including a decade and a half as director of its bustling Plaza Branch. Even after her death, the quiet, keenly intellectual librarian has continued to give – a $1 million bequest that is the largest one-time […]

News Roundup

1. People Around World Now Viewing 1 Billion Hours of YouTube Content Each Day (via YouTube Blog) 2. Research Tools: Mozilla Acquires Pocket 3. W3C Begins Standards Work on Web of Things to Reduce IoT Fragmentation (via World Wide Web Consortium)

New Report From Berkman Klein Center: “Open Data Privacy Playbook”


The following report was released today by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Research Center at Harvard University. From the Launch Announcement: Title Open Data Privacy Playbook Authors Ben Green, Gabe Cunningham, Ariel Ekblaw Paul Kominers Andrew Linzer Susan Crawford Abstract Cities today collect and store a wide range of data that may contain […]

Missouri: “State’s Libraries Preparing for Less Resources, Ashcroft Requesting More Funds”

From KSMU Radio: Missouri’s Secretary of State is pushing for the state’s libraries to get the funding he says they’ve been promised. [Clip] “Statutorily, libraries are supposed to get, if I remember correctly, 10 percent of the out-of-state entertainers and athletes tax; which is about four million dollars and change it’s always estimated. We’ve never […]

Health: Reference: “WHO Publishes List of Bacteria For Which New Antibiotics are Urgently Needed”

From the World Health Organization (WHO): WHO today published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens” – a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics, as part of […]

Reference: Science: First Solar Images from NOAA’s GOES-16 Satellite (Video)

From NASA: The first images from the Solar Ultraviolet Imager or SUVI instrument aboard NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite have been successful, capturing a large coronal hole on Jan. 29, 2017. The sun’s 11-year activity cycle is currently approaching solar minimum, and during this time powerful solar flares become scarce and coronal holes become the primary space weather […]

Reference: Tax Information: “IRS Releases 100th eBook; Another Way for Taxpayers to Get Helpful Information…”

All of the 100 e-books discussed are available in EPUB format. From the Internal Revenue Service: The Internal Revenue Service today unveiled its 100th eBook — a milestone in IRS efforts to share information to meet the changing needs of taxpayers. The IRS eBooks effort, which began two years ago, offers an easy way to […]

National Libraries: “National Library of Australia Building Two Libraries to Capture Past, Present and Future”

From the Australian Financial Review: Building two libraries, one physical and one digital, has become a crucial part the National Library of Australia collecting, preserving and sharing the country’s history. It’s a job that has taken a delicate balancing act for Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, who will retire from the NLA this week after six years as […]

Report: UK Government Extends Library Lending Scheme to eBooks

From World Intellectual Property Review: The UK government has extended a fund that compensates authors for loaning their works for free to public libraries. The changes to the Public Lending Right (PLR) scheme will be introduced to the Digital Economy Bill, which has yet to be approved, allowing authors of e-books and e-audiobooks to be […]