April 21, 2021

Statements From Libraries and Library-Related Organizations Regarding Chauvin Verdict

Last Update: April 21, 7 A.M New York Brooklyn Public Library New York Public Library

Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and East View Release Open Access Imperial Russian Newspapers

From a CRL Announcement: CRL and East View Information Services have opened the first release of content for Imperial Russian Newspapers, the fourth Open Access collection of titles digitized under the Global Press Archive (GPA) CRL Charter Alliance. This collection adds to the growing body of Open Access material available in the Global Press Archive […]

Report: “Get Ready for the Next Front in the Net Neutrality Fight”

From IEEE Spectrum: You’re about to hear a lot about network neutrality again, now that the Biden administration is in the White House. Last time, the issue was ensuring that Internet service providers (ISPs) wouldn’t discriminate against different sources of legal traffic on their network. This time around, you should expect the debate to be […]

Video Recording From ARL/CARL: “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use/Fair Dealing For OER: Webinar and Workshop”

The ARL/CARL Webinar and Workshop: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use/Fair Dealing took place on April 19, 2021. A video recording is embedded below. Description Fair use and fair dealing are the rights to use copyrighted content without asking the rightsholder for permission. This statutory safeguard is key to a balanced copyright regime, allowing […]

Roundup (April 20, 2021)

Kanopy Adds 60 New, Exclusive Films from The Criterion Collection Aiming For Truth, Fairness, and Equity In Your Company’s Use Of AI (via Federal Trade Commission) Firefox 88 Patches Bugs And Kills Off a Sneaky Javascript Tracking Trick (via Naked Security) Penn State University Press and De Gruyter Enter Publishing Partnership to Make 1,000 Ebook […]

“Open Knowledge and Social Justice: An Interview With SPARC’s Heather Joseph”

From an Information Today Interview with Heather Joseph by Dave Shumaker: Here’s one exchange from the conversation. Dave Shumaker: It’s interesting that so much of your work has been identified with open access, but your [Miles Conrad Award] lecture wasn’t really about access. You made a point of that, and you used the phrase “open […]

A Report From the UK: “Game Jams: A Novel Approach to Novels That Shaped Our World!”

From a British Library “Digital Scholarship” Blog Post by Stella Wisdom: In my experience game jams are a brilliant way of bringing historic and literary digital library and archive collections to life in a completely new way. I’ve ran a few at the British Library and I’m always keen to share what I’ve learned with […]

2021 World Press Freedom Index Published by Reporters Without Borders

From RSF: This year’s Index, which evaluates the press freedom situation in 180 countries and territories annually, shows that journalism, journalism, which is arguably the best vaccine against the virus of disinformation, is totally blocked or seriously impeded in 73 countries and constrained in 59 others, which together represent 73% of the countries evaluated. These […]

A New Leadership Brief From the Urban Libraries Council: “Anti-Racist Executive Leadership for Public Libraries”

From the Overview Section of the Brief: The police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other African Americans in 2020 ignited a new wave of public demand for race equity and social justice. At the same time, COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on Black, Indigenous and people of color has further amplified and exposed […]

University of Houston Receives Mellon Foundation Grant to Establish Puerto Rican Literature Database

From the University of Houston: The University of Houston has received a nearly $1.35 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a free, open-access digital portal for anyone to learn about or teach Puerto Rican literature. “El proyecto de la literatura puertorriqueña/The Puerto Rican Literature Project” (PRLP) includes a database in Spanish […]