January 17, 2019

New Data on Enrollment and Staffing in U.S. Public Schools and School Districts (2016-2017) Released by NCES

From the National Center for Education Statistics: In the 2016-17 school year, the number of students for every full-time equivalent teacher in public schools was 16.0, unchanged from the previous school year. . The National Center for Education Statistics released a new set of data today, January 16, 2019, the 2016-17 Common Core of Data […]

Video Recording: “Public Domain – Celebrating the Lifecycle of Copyright” Event Held at the Library of Congress

“Public Domain – Celebrating the Lifecycle of Copyright” was organized by the U.S. Copyright Office andrecorded on January 16, 2018 at the Library of Congress. About the Event The Copyright Office hosted Copyright Matters event “Public Domain – Celebrating the Lifecycle of Copyright” on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Several creators will talk about works in […]

Pew Research Finds 74% of Facebook Users Did Not Know That the Social Platform Maintains a List of Their Interests, Traits

From Pew Research: Most commercial sites, from social media platforms to news outlets to online retailers, collect a wide variety of data about their users’ behaviors. Platforms use this data to deliver content and recommendations based on users’ interests and traits, and to allow advertisers to target ads to relatively precise segments of the public. […]

Preprints: arXiv Releases Annual Update (2018 Year-in-Review/Highlights & What to Expect in 2019)


From the Introduction to an arXiv Blog Post: arXiv provides open access to 1.5 million e-prints in Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance, Statistics, Electrical Engineering and Systems Science, and Economics, with 228 million downloads from all over the world in 2018. The repository received 140,616 new submissions, a 14% increase from 2017, with […]

Urban Libraries Council Launches Initiative to Empower Public Libraries For the “Equitable and Inclusive” Use of Artificial Intelligence


From ULC: The Urban Libraries Council has launched a new initiative to empower North American public libraries to stand at the forefront of the movement for an equitable and inclusive future for the storage, privacy and application of data as AI technology becomes more ubiquitous. This initiative began with a working group meeting held January […]

NPD Group Reports Print Book Sales in U.S. Grew 1.3% in 2018 (vs. 2017)


Fron NPD Group: 2018 marked another year of modest growth for the print books industry in the United States.  Print books sales volume grew 1.3 percent compared to last year with 696 million units sold, according to global information company The NPD Group. The dominant trend in the books industry last year was that the biggest bestsellers […]

ITHAKA S+R Announces New Research Project on Teaching with Primary Sources


From an Ithaka S+R Blog Post by Danielle Cooper and Rebecca Springer: We are excited to announce a new research project designed to support effective teaching with primary sources. Teaching undergraduates with primary sources promotes student engagement and critical thinking skills and is a key ingredient in the current pedagogical push toward “inquiry-based” or “research-led” learning.* Although leveraging physical […]

Standards: NISO Announces Three New Projects (Content Migrations, Badging Scheme, Onology Standard)


Below, announcements from the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) about three new projects. Project 1: Recommended Practices Around Content Platform Migrations Recommended Practices Around Content Platform Migrations, to provide a standard process and recommendations to all parties dealing with online content platforms, which would improve communication both before, during, and after migration. A new working […]

Association For Research Libraries (ARL) Publishes “Advocacy and Public Policy Update, January 2019″


From ARL: The latest Advocacy and Public Policy Update (PDF), by Prudence S. Adler and Krista L. Cox of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), covers key issues of interest to the research library community in Canada and in the US from September 14, 2018, through January 15, 2019. This issue includes the following: Copyright and Intellectual Property […]

Roundup (January 16, 2018)

1. Canadian Federation of Library Associations Sends Letter of Support to Vancouver Public Library re: Community Use of Library Space Issues (2 pages; PDF) |||| Statement From VPL ||| Press Report From Last Week: “Trans Advocates Rally Against Controversial Feminist Speaker Meghan Murphy” (via CTV; Jan 11, 2018) 2. Looking Back at Google’s Research Efforts […]