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And You Get An ArXiv, And You Get An ArXiv, And You Get An ArXiv

And You Get An ArXiv, And You Get An ArXiv, And You Get An ArXiv

(Yes, this is old news, but it gives me a chance to use this GIF) Given the concerns over Elsevier’s purchase of SSRN, people have been lauding the arrival of alternative online archives for social science scholarship. Now, legal scholars can rejoice: the Center for Open Science has launched a preprints service for legal research and scholarship called LawArXiv. The open access, open source repository has 3 non-profits and an academic library collaborating on the effort: Legal Information Preservation Alliance,…

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One for the Public Domain

One for the Public Domain

Perhaps this wouldn’t be quite as big a deal if: The public domain in the U.S. wasn’t currently in a state of suspended animation due to the Copyright Term Extension Act (do people still call it the Sonny Bono/Mickey Mouse Copyright Act?); and There weren’t those stories (not apocryphal, but perhaps not as common as one hears) about ASCAP going after scout troops for royalties. But it IS a big deal. U.S. District Judge George H. King has ruled that…

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Returning

Returning

The temptation to include a gif of the Futurama robot, Bender, saying “I’m back, Baby!” is strong, but I shall resist. But yes … I’m reviving this blog to explore issues around access to information. Copyright, of course, privacy and confidentiality, scholarly communication and open access, e-scholarship, speech and censorship. And more, I’m sure. Forgive me as I dust away the cobwebs and scrub away the mold. It may take quite a while to get the lay of the landscape…

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Research Works Act

Research Works Act

The Research Works Act is a very small bill, text-wise. Oh, but the ripples … H.R.3699 — Research Works Act (Introduced in House – IH)HR 3699 IH 112th CONGRESS1st Session H. R. 3699To ensure the continued publication and integrity of peer-reviewed research works by the private sector. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESDecember 16, 2011Mr. ISSA (for himself and Mrs. MALONEY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform A BILLTo ensure the continued…

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LLoPS Session: Managing Electronic Resources

LLoPS Session: Managing Electronic Resources

Managing Electronic Resources Merrill Chetok & Julie Fontenelle Microsoft Corporate/Law Library MS library services (in-house) customers worldwide – 180,000 customers JF MS Library & Legal Library were separate — now in the midst of merging How users access materials: MSLibrary site Broken out by resources Alerts available to push info to users Basic form provided for “customer reviews” Chat with MSLibrary Articles, podcasts and the blog Legal Resources tab on MSLibrary tab List of enterprise-wide resources by name AND Breakout…

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Bits of Open Access

Bits of Open Access

So I’ve been officially registered at ALA for all of an hour, and already, my feet hurt. *grin* Since I’m not on a committee, and I may only see 1 or 2 people I know from past years who’d recognize me, I’m taking it easy this conference. If a session doesn’t relate to the job hunt (more on that another time) or tickle my fancy, I will not castigate myself for missing it.  One session I must make, however, is…

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Bad maps, mushrooms and the Shallows

Bad maps, mushrooms and the Shallows

I am in New Orleans for the Special Libraries Association’s Annual Meeting. One of the things I’m looking forward to (besides the food and seeing old friends, of course) is hearing the remarks of keynote speaker Nicholas Carr.  Carr has written a new book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. The central thesis seems to be that ” the Net is having such far-reaching intellectual consequences,”[NYT] or even more ominously, “computers are destroying our powers of…

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Choose Privacy!

Choose Privacy!

It’s Choose Privacy Week. And despite the sentiments of one or two CEOs, privacy is not dead and IS worth fighting for. Even if your library isn’t having any special privacy-related events, consider going to the Privacy Revolution site on your own and checking out information and resources that can help you learn more about your online privacy. Choose Privacy Week Video from 20K Films on Vimeo.

An Earth Day Message

An Earth Day Message

Since the picture was taken with my underfeatured Motorola cellphone (i.e. not good with night shots), here’s what the message said: FOR EARTH DAY … TRY THE REVOLUTIONARY, USER-FRIENDLY, POWER-FREE INFORMATION RETRIEVAL UNIT PORTABLE, NO BATTERIES, CORDLESS EASY ON THE EYES & ON THE BUDGET … A BOOK! Taken in front of Bell’s Books in Palo Alto, CA on April 21, 2010.