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Audio: Scott Turow and US Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner Discuss the Future of Authors, Books, and Libraries

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From an ALA Announcement: Author Scott Turow and US Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner discussed the future of authors, books, and libraries at the Newberry Library in Chicago February 22 at the first of the “Conversations at the Newberry” series created by National Public Radio’s Chicago affiliate WBEZ. Turow, currently in his second term as […]

New Database: Environment: Smithsonian NEMESIS Tracks Marine Invaders Online

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From a Smithsonian Institution Overview: Mitten crabs, zebra mussels and rock vomit: These and hundreds of other non-native species have invaded coastal regions throughout the United States, often causing dramatic changes to coastal ecosystems and significant economic costs. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has now created NEMESIS (National Estuarine and Marine Exotic Species Information System), […]

Google Will Form Partnership With Belgian ‘Paper Internet’ Museum & Networked Knowledge, Decades Before Google

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via The Verge: Google will be sponsoring a traveling exhibit on the Mundaneum, a “paper internet” that includes over 12 million index cards meant to capture the sum of human understanding. It will also help set up a series of talks on Internet issues and may eventually digitize the archive’s contents, says the Mundaneum’s director […]

Radio Program Looks at Outsourcing of Public Libraries, Audio File and Text Transcript Available Online

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The following program was recorded on March 8, 2011 and aired on WAMU-FM in Washington D.C. The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Outsourcing Public Libraries From the WAMU Web Site: Cash-strapped communities across the country have outsourced services ranging from trash pickup to tech support. But in a trend that’s sparking debate around the country, more and […]

Roundup: Twitter Acquires Posterous, Yahoo Sues Facebook, UK Gov Appoints Jimmy Wales as Adviser

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1. Welcoming the Posterous team to the flock (via Twitter Blog) and Posterous Acquisition FAQ Posterous will continue online at least for time being. 2. Yahoo Suing Facebook Over Patent Infringement (via AllThingsD) Yahoo says Facebook infringed on 10 patents. 3. “Jimmy Wales: Wikipedia chief to advise Whitehall on policy” (via The Telegraph) It’s an […]

Large California Consortium Joins Movement Toward Library Ebook Ownership

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From Michael Kelley at Library Journal: The largest library network in California is going to adopt the pioneering ebook business model of Colorado’s Douglas County Libraries, which allows libraries to truly own, not rent, their ebooks. The San Mateo-based Califa Group, which brokers services and products for 220 multi-type library systems (1000 buildings), has seeded […]

Access to Information: Carnegie Mellon Performs First Large-Scale Analysis of “Soft” Censorship of Social Media in China

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From the CMU News Release: Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science analyzed millions of Chinese microblogs, or “weibos,” to uncover a set of politically sensitive terms that draw the attention of Chinese censors. Individual messages containing the terms were often deleted at rates that could vary based on current events or geography. […]