July 19, 2018

Law Libraries: Law Library of Congress and the Peace Palace Library in the Hague, Netherlands Forming Information-Sharing Relationship, Sign Memorandum of Understanding Signed


From The Peace Palace Library: Two of the world’s most comprehensive international law libraries, the Law Library of Congress and the Peace Palace Library based in The Hague, Netherlands, have agreed to form an information-sharing relationship to exchange information and better serve library users. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed today in a ceremony at […]

Utah: Weber County Library System Website Down Due to ‘Rogue Code,’ Officials Seek Fix”

From The Standard-Examiner (Ogden, UT): If you’re seeking information about activities at Weber County’s libraries, don’t go to the system’s website. The regular site, www.weberpl.lib.ut.us, has been down since June due to a “rogue code” that infected the library’s content management system, Drupal, according to Lynnda Wangsgard, executive director of the system. Now, the main page only contains contact […]

Listen Up! A New Edition of “The Smart Audio Report” Released by NPR and Edison Research (Smart Speakers, Voice Assistants)


From Edison Research and NPR: With smart speaker ownership over 43M in the U.S. (18+), smartspeakers have quickly expanded beyond first adopters. New smart speaker owners are emerging as a distinct audience in terms of user profile and behavior according to new research from The Smart Audio Report, which for the first time offers a […]

Digital Privacy: “PayPal’s Venmo App Exposes Most Transactions via its API”

From Bleeping Computer: The vast majority of Venmo transactions are being logged in a public API accessible to anyone, according to the recent investigation of a privacy advocate. The reason this happens is because the Venmo app’s default settings are set to “Public” for all users. Unless users specifically change this value, all the transactions […]

U.S. Copyright Office Releases Upgrades to Virtual Card Catalog Proof of Concept


Note: The Virtual Card Catalog proof of concept was introduced on January 24, 2018. From the U.S. Copyright Office: Today, the U.S. Copyright Office implemented a series of technical upgrades to enhance searching and results tracking capabilities when using the proof of concept of the Virtual Card Catalog (VCC). In this upgraded version, users now: […]

News Roundup

1. Arizona State University Professor Dr. Kyle Longley Appointed New Director of Johnson Presidential Library (via NARA) 2. Here’s LCA’s comments on the @CopyrightOffice NPRM on mandatory deposit of electronic-only books: https://t.co/fh8wc1Mgce — ARL Public Policy (@ARLpolicy) July 16, 2018 3. Duke University Libraries Received Almost $8 Million From 2500 Donors During FY2018 (Duke U. Library News) 4. Library […]

Now Available: Video Recording of the Legislative Data Transparency Conference 2018

From the Committee on House Administration: The Legislative Data and Transparency Conference 2018 (#LDTC18), hosted by the Committee on House Administration, took place on Thursday, July 12, 2018, in the Capitol Visitor Center’s Congressional Auditorium. The #LDTC18 brings individuals from Legislative Branch agencies together with data users and transparency advocates to foster a conversation about the […]

In Australia: “Preserving Records of Endangered Languages Through Digital Archives”

From the Australian Research Council:  Associate Professor Nick Thieberger is a linguistics academic and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, based at The University of Melbourne, who is digitising and archiving the records of our most at-risk indigenous languages. Professor Thieberger and his team are building and populating the databases that hold these records, […]

EFF: “Win for Public Right to Know: Court Vacates Injunction Against Publishing the Law”

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: A federal appeals court today ruled that industry groups cannot control publication of binding laws and standards. This decision protects the work of Public.Resource.org (PRO), a nonprofit organization that works to improve access to government documents. PRO is represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the law firm of Fenwick […]

New Research Article: “Scholarly Communication Librarians’ Relationship with Research Impact Indicators: An Analysis of a National Survey of Academic Librarians in the United States”

The following article was published on July 17, 2018 by the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. Title Scholarly Communication Librarians’ Relationship with Research Impact Indicators: An Analysis of a National Survey of Academic Librarians in the United States Authors Rachel Ann Miles Kansas State University Stacy Konkiel Altmetric Sarah Sutton Emporia State University  Source […]