Going Dark

Going Dark

Like a lot of other sites, this blog will be going black tomorrow to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Now, this blog isn’t active, isn’t popular, isn’t necessary in the larger scheme of things.  But I believe that SOPA, and its Senate analogue, Protect IP Act (PIPA), would do serious disservice to the open exchange of information and knowledge on the Internet. So, I will stand with EFF, with the Internet Archive, with Wikipedia, and more.  See you…

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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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Cultural Gems That Should Be in the Public Domain Today – The Atlantic Wire

Cultural Gems That Should Be in the Public Domain Today – The Atlantic Wire

Cultural Gems That Should Be in the Public Domain Today – Entertainment – The Atlantic Wire This has been passed around, I’m sure. But the geekier parts of me finds it interesting that all of Lord of the Rings and most of the Chronicles of Narnia could be in the public domain by now, if not for the 1976 Copyright Act.

New Directions in Scholarly Communication

New Directions in Scholarly Communication

Open Access Week has started off with a very good webinar, led by Joe Kraus and with presentions by John Wilbanks, Heather Piwowak and Molly Keener. And in the spirit of OA, their presentations are available on Slideshare! John Wilbanks Heather Piwowak – Open research data: fun, important, and in need of librarians Molly Keener – Scholarly Communication: A Changing Landscape Very informative, very interesting … if you’re involved with scholarly publishing or academic copyright, definitely take a look at…

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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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LLoPS Workshop Session: Mining SEC Documents

LLoPS Workshop Session: Mining SEC Documents

Session I: Mining SEC Documents Elizabeth Osbourne Authorized SEC Filing Agent Morningstar Document Research EMO EDGARizing Services   Most common types of SEC Documents Contents of Documents Frequency of Filing Who Files Q&A   Frequency: 10-K — Annual report 10-Q — Quarterly report 8-K — Unusual report issued between quarter – material disclosure/extraordinary event   Who files: All public companies A few privately-held companies with public debt will file Companies preparing to go public (optional)   Common: 10K 10Q 8K…

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The Great Grey North

The Great Grey North

So, my life got very busy last fall. A family member was hired by a Seattle-based tech company and we relocated here.  Since then, there’s been a lot of packing and unpacking … studying for a new bar exam … joining new orgs. Etc. For a native Californian, this has been a difficult winter, but hopefully spring is coming soon.  Still looking to get a professional foothold here, but I hear the music scene is nice.

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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Heading to San Diego

Heading to San Diego

It’s been a long, long while since I’ve been to an ALA conference.  I’m dipping my toe back in by going to ALA Midwinter in San Diego. Thing is — I don’t have any obligations there. I’m not on a single committee. So, since I have free time: what should I do at Midwinter?  What what I be sure to see/attend/crash? Who do I need to see for reconnections (or new ones)?

The Bright Future-Ready Future

The Bright Future-Ready Future

The Special Libraries Association has opened a new portal of content, until the brand/topic/theme of Future Ready 365.  The site is open to contributions/participation by librarians: Your contribution—250 words, a handful of images, even audio and video—will build a mosaic that offers this community actionable insights into the future of our profession and association. How do you join in? It’s easy: Submit your post to futureready365@sla.org. Done. We’ll take care of the rest. Soon, the registration for the 2011 conference will…

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