February 25, 2020

Creative Commons: “The Public Domain is Alive and Well (for Now)”

From a Creative Commons Blog Post: Public domain advocates celebrated on January 1 because, for the second year in a row, published works newly entered the public domain in the United States due to copyright expiration. To mark the occasion, Creative Commons (CC) collaborated with the Internet Archive, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, Creative Commons […]

Ireland: “Children Are the Biggest Users of Irish Public Libraries, New Figures Show”

From the Irish Examiner: It’s not all screen time with the nation’s youth as new figures show children are also the biggest users of the country’s public libraries. All but two of the top 20 most borrowed titles from libraries last year were children’s books, according to new figures obtained from the Local Government Management […]

News From SAGE; Public Knowledge Project, and Others

ALA Committee on Accreditation (CoA) Announces Accreditation Decisions Made at 2020 Midwinter Meeting American Chemical Society Signs its First North American ‘Read And Publish’ Agreement with Louisiana State University SAGE Launches Portal to Streamline Open Access Publishing Process The Road to Preprints (Part 1): Introducing Open Preprint Systems (via PKP)

Journal Article: “Developing a Research Data Policy Framework for All Journals and Publishers”

The full text article linked to below was recently published by Data Science Journal.  Title Developing a Research Data Policy Framework for All Journals and Publishers Authors Iain Hrynaszkiewicz Public Library of Science  Natasha Simon Australian Research Data Commons Azhar HussainJISC Rebecca GrantSpringer Nature Simon GoudieWiley Source Data Science Journal19(1)DOI: 10.5334/dsj-2020-005 Abstract An output of […]

The Knight Foundation Announces a $750,000 Investment in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to Create a National Cohort of Public Library Leaders and Technologists

From The Knight Foundation: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced a $750,000 investment in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to create a national cohort of public library leaders and technologists. The group will work together to help advance  libraries’ use of digital technologies. With Knight support, DPLA will work […]

“Audio Preservation Recovers Old Classics in the Heart of Chicago”

From Medill Reports Chicago: When Joe Tessone first opened the Mystery Street Recording Company in Lakeview in 2007, he envisioned a typical studio where bands would record music. But now, the nondescript building at 2827 N. Lincoln Ave. houses one of the nation’s premiere facilities for audio preservation and restoration, a place recommended by the […]

A Conversation with the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, on “The Takeout with Major Garrett” From CBS News

Audio (podcast) and video versions are available. From CBS News: Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, Ph.D, talks about transitioning from serving Baltimore to serving as Librarian of Congress on this week’s episode of “The Takeout with Major Garrett.” Listen to the Podcast From a Text Summary of the Program Carla Hayden on being the first […]

New Research Finds: “Voice Assistants Very Prone to Accidentally Waking Up and Recording Long Audio Clips: Study”

From Voicebot.ai: Smart speaker voice assistants are prone to accidental awakening for as long as 43 seconds as many as 19 times a day, according to a study at Northeastern University. The experiment confirms surveys about the issue and why developers are eager to find a solution. Smart speaker voice assistants are prone to accidental […]

“Playbrary: A New Vision of the Neighborhood Library”

From Brookings Institution: Shhhhhh.” This is perhaps the sound most associated with libraries. Yet, libraries are also portals to the world outside that take us to faraway places and spur new ideas. Libraries offer community gathering spaces where neighbors without internet access can complete job applications and families can gather for story time. But as […]

Arizona State University to Host National Conference on Preserving Social-Justice History

From Arizona State University: For Taylor Notah, a trip to the Arizona State University archives brought the past immediately into the present. Notah, who was searching the archives for material to use in the latest issue of Turning Points magazine, found a photograph of several students, including her father, protesting on campus more than 40 […]