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LA Times Editorial: “Libraries Walk a Tightrope on Porn”

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From the Editorial: Despite what the librarians say, libraries already restrict access to certain kinds of print material by using their scant financial resources to purchase some books and magazines rather than others. Libraries are far more likely to have copies of the New Yorker on the periodical shelves than copies of Hustler. True, Internet […]

Peter Suber on “New Bill to Block Open Access to Publicly-Funded Research”

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Open Access expert, Berkman Fellow, and Editor of SPARC’s Open Access Newsletter, Peter Suber, reports on recent legislation that was in the House of Representatives nine days before Christmas. Suber Writes: The Research Works Act (HR 3699) is a new bill to repeal the open-access policy at the NIH and block similar policies at other […]

The National Library of Medicine Explores Artificial Intelligence Using Two-Hundred Thousand Real Patient Questions from AskTheDoctor.com

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From the News Release: Researchers at The National Library of Medicine have teamed up with AskTheDoctor.com in a significant step towards developing intelligent computerized medical assistants for doctors. They are using thousands of real-language, unedited medical questions at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland to see if computers can interpret the tone […]

New England Journal of Medicine Turns 200

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Update: From the Anniversary Issue (Free, Full Text): “A Reader’s Guide to 200 Years of the New England Journal of Medicine” Editorial: “NEJM@200 — Two Centuries at the Journal” From the Associated Press: The first 100 copies in January 1812 were delivered by horseback. Today, 2 million people read the journal online every month. The […]

BNA: “Copyright Office Report Urges Congress To Federalize Rights in Pre-1972 Recordings”

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From BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Daily: Congress should enact legislation to bring rights surrounding sound recordings made before 1972 under the aegis of the federal copyright law, according to a lengthy report issued at year’s end by the Copyright Office. Federalization of pre-1972 sound recordings would “improve the certainty and consistency of copyright, […]

Chicago, NYC Now Providing Real-Time Snow Plow Maps

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Where exactly are the snow plows? Adena Schutzberg at All Points Blog has the details about these new real-time services. Direct to ChicagoShovels.org NYC Maps (Will Be Available on the NYC Homepage)

Library of Congress: Roberta Shaffer Appointed Associate Librarian for Library Services

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Roberta Shaffer is replacing Deanna Marcum as Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress. In December, we learned that Marcum was leaving LC to become Managing Director, Ithaka S+R. From the LC Announcement: Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Roberta I. Shaffer as associate librarian for Library Services. The appointment […]