June 6, 2020

ALA Releases Findings From “Libraries Respond: COVID-19 Survey”

From ALA: A new American Library Association (ALA) survey of U.S. libraries documents a shift in services to support students, faculty, and communities at large during the crisis and phased preparations for the months ahead. While virtually all libraries (99%) report limited access to the physical building, survey respondents shared leaps in the use of […]

Roundup (June 3, 2020)

Google Sued for Secretly Amassing Vast Trove of User Data (via Bloomberg) ||| Read the Complaint in the Case Discussed in the Article Above Facebook’s New Privacy Controls Are Long Overdue (via Wired) New York City Delivers 10,000 Tablets to Elderly to Close Digital Divide (via StateScoop)

Public Libraries: “D.C. Library System’s Crown Jewel Revamped”

From ENR Mid-Atlantic: Over the past three years, members of the project team modernizing the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C.—a Mies van der Rohe-designed landmark—have aced an array of challenges. They have had to convert a deteriorating 48-year-old building that suffered from years of deferred maintenance into an information center that […]

A University of Minnesota Libraries Project: “Mapping Prejudice Documents History of Racial Injustice Through Restrictive Housing Deeds”

From a University of Minnesota Libraries Blog Post (5/29): The May 25 death of George Floyd, 46, at 38th and Chicago in South Minneapolis, is just the latest in a long history of racial injustice in Minneapolis. The Libraries’ Mapping Prejudice project, for example, has documented how housing deeds were used to create structural barriers […]

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal

From the National Museum of African American History and Culture: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture today launched Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and […]

FREYA Project Releases Initial Guides on Choosing Persistent Identifiers, Feedback Welcome

From FREYA/PID Forum: The FREYA Project team is pleased to announce the publication of our initial guides on choosing persistent identifiers for different entities and we would like your feedback. [Clip] While not intended to be fully comprehensive, they are designed to provide a starting point for anyone thinking about using persistent identifiers in their […]

New Reports This Week (June 1, 2020)

June 2, 2020 The EU in the World 2020 Edition (A Statistical Portrait of the European Union Compared with G20 Countries) (via Eurostat) 154 pages; PDF. June 1, 2020 Continuity of Legislative Activities during Emergency Situations in Selected Countries (via LLOC) Virtual Civil Trials (via LLOC)

University of Washington: National Science Foundation Awards Center for an Informed Public (CIP) Researchers $200,000 Grant

From the U. of Washington School of Information: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded grant funding for a proposal submitted by researchers at the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public (CIP) who are aiming to better understand how scientific knowledge, expertise, data and communication affect the spread and correction of online misinformation about […]

Roundup (June 2, 2020)

Encyclopaedia Britannica Acquires ProCon.org Facebook’s New Privacy Controls Are Long Overdue (via Wired) Top Journal Retracts Study Claiming Masks Ineffective in Preventing COVID-19 Spread (via Retraction Watch) New York City Delivers 10,000 Tablets to Elderly to Close Digital Divide Stitcher Podcasting Report 2020 41 pages; PDF. TikTok Sued Over Biometric Privacy (via Digital News Daily) […]

EDUCAUSE Releases “Study of the Technology Needs of Students with Disabilities, 2020”

From an EDUCAUSE Summary Blog Post: ECAR [EDUCAUSE Center For Analysis and Research] Study of the Technology Needs of Students with Disabilities, 2020 presents findings on the technology needs of students with disabilities. To better understand the academic technology needs of this student population, ECAR researchers examined nearly 2,000 open-ended responses collected in our 2019 […]