January 17, 2019

Report: “Wikipedia Has a Diversity Problem, But These Librarians Want to Help” (Interview with USC’s Elizabeth Galoozis)

From PC Magazine: Wikipedia, which turns 18 this week, is now viewed 6,000 times every second and more than 200,000 editors contribute every month. Before Wikipedia came along, information cataloging and dissemination used to be a matter of rigorous scholarship. Encyclopedia editors were revered and respected academics, mostly from privileged backgrounds, who focused on the “official canon” […]

16 Consumer Organizations Announce New Framework for US Privacy Protection, Propose Privacy Agency

From EPIC: EPIC joined 16 organizations in support of a “A Framework for Privacy Protection in the United States.” The consumer groups outlined a new approach to privacy protection: (1) enact baseline federal legislation; (2) enforce fair information practices; (3) establish a data protection agency; (4) ensure robust enforcement; (5) establish algorithmic governance; (6) prohibit […]

Ithaka S+R Releases Report on the Research Practices of Civil and Environmental Engineering Scholars


From an Introductory Blog Post by Rebecca Springer: The latest installment in Ithaka S+R’s series of Research Support Services projects investigates the research practices and support needs of civil and environmental engineering scholars. Today we are excited to publish the project’s capstone report. [Clip] This project was carried out with the generous support of the […]

Israel: “New Legislation Allows Israeli Cultural Institutions Greater Freedom to Digitize Their Archives – Without Fear of Lawsuits”

From The Jerusalem Post: Now, following an amendment to the Copyright Law passed in the Knesset on January 1, the library and other cultural institutions in Israel will have much greater freedom to digitize and share their vast holdings without the fear of lawsuits. Those who lobbied for the amendment – including the National Library […]

Roundup (January 17, 2019)

1. Hack Brief: An Astonishing 773 Million Records Exposed in Monster Breach (via Wired) 2. New Market Research Shows Amazon Exceeds 100 Million US Prime Members (via CIRP) 3. In the UK: Jisc Helps The Higher Education Sector Save Almost Half a Million, Thanks to Affordable Digital Archive Collections 4. National Survey Finds Few Americans […]

Harvard Library and MIT Libraries Provide Recommendations for Plan S Implementation

From MIT Libraries: Harvard Library and the MIT Libraries are committed to fostering a scholarly communications environment which advances the values of openness, equitable access, transparency, responsible stewardship, and flexible reuse. Aligned with these commitments, we are in broad support of Plan S and its goals to ensure that publicly funded research is made openly […]

New Zealand: Digital Portal Allows Worldwide Access to Sarjeant Gallery (Whanganui)


From The New Zealand Herald: While the Sarjeant Gallery resides in its temporary home at Sarjeant on the Quay, public access to the collection has actually never been better. The Explore the Collection digital portal allows anyone with access to the internet to search the entire Sarjeant collection according to filters of their choice – […]

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. […]