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Build a Better World: Collaborative Summer Reading Program 2017

It’s that time of year again when our nation’s youth flock to their local public libraries to participate in this year’s summer reading program.

Epic! App Raises $8 Million to Keep Kids Reading

The creators of the Epic! app, a digital library service for kids, raised $8 million in a Series C round of funding led by Reach Capital, the education-specialized venture firm. Epic! plans to use the funds to expedite its growth, add to its team, and build out its platform for home and school subscribers. Show More Summary

How a Company You’ve Never Heard of Sends You Letters about Your Medical Condition

Topic: Online Privacy This is the hidden underside of the browsing experience. When you’re surfing the web, sitting alone at your computer or with your smartphone clutched in your hand, it feels private and ephemeral. You feel freed to look for the things that you’re too embarrassed or ashamed to ask another person. Show More Summary

US court grants Elsevier millions in damages from Sci-Hub

Topic: Intellectual Property One of the world’s largest science publishers, Elsevier, won a default legal judgement on 21 June against websites that provide illicit access to tens of millions of research papers and books. A New YorkShow More Summary

Overview of Canadian Cannabis Laws

Toronto-based lawyer Matt Maurer (profile on the Minden Gross LLP website) published a post on Slaw.ca that provides a Coast to Coast Provincial Cannabis Legislation Update: "While it is still early days with the Cannabis Act havingShow More Summary

Library Ideas Launches Movie and TV “Hotspots”

Library Ideas, developer of the Freading ebook and Freegal music solutions for libraries, is launching the GoChip Beam, a new type of device for lending movies and television series. Each GoChip Beam device contains a small Wi-Fi router,...Show More Summary

MIT Press, Internet Archive Collaborate to Digitize Titles

MIT Press has joined forces with the Internet Archive (IA) to scan, preserve, and enable lending of hundreds of the press’s books that are currently unavailable in digital form. With support from British funding agency Arcadia, IA will...Show More Summary

Woman says Librarians Know Who Hit her Car but Can't Tell Her

Topic: Online Privacy The alleged perp checked out a book and thus the staff was unable to give her the name of the driver. Here's the story from WSBTV in Atlanta. The woman whose car was hit feels as if she's being unfairly discriminated against.

Fifth Bibliography on Access to Justice from National Self-Represented Litigants Project

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) has published an Version 5 of its Access to Justice Annotated Bibliography.From the description on the NSRLP website:"Version 5 of the Access to Justice Annotated Bibliography includes over 100 summaries on access-to-justice material in the Canadian, American, and International context. Show More Summary

Meaningful Measures | Assessment

Measuring outcomes can be a vital aid to justifying library work to voters, funders, and stakeholders—as well as determining strategic direction—but it can also be overwhelming.

Ukrainian Librarian Punished for Not Sticking to the Party Line

Topic: International Librarians Libraries Interesting story from the New York Times last week. MOSCOW — A Russian court on Monday sentenced a former director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow to a four-year suspended prison...Show More Summary

Senate Committee Report on Combatting Delays in the Justice System

Last week, the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs released a comprehensive report on how to reduce the strain on Canada's clogged courtrooms. "Canada’s criminal justice system is in urgent need of reform. Delays inShow More Summary

Computer, Internet and E-commerce Law Year in Review

Barry Sookman, senior partner in the Toronto office of McCarthy Tétrault, recently posted The year in review: developments in computer, internet and e-commerce law (2016-2017): "I gave my annual presentation today to the Toronto computer Lawyers’ Group (...) It covered the period from June 2016 to June 2017. Show More Summary

Marmot Launches Digital Archive

Marmot Library Network has developed a Digital Archive and repository solution, enabling its member libraries to showcase digitized collections of images, postcards, books, magazines, videos, recorded oral histories, music, and academic research. Users can discover archive content from throughout the multi-type consortium with a simple catalog search.

I’m Speaking at #ALAAC17!

Going to ALA Annual in Chicago in a couple of days? If so – come see me speak! I’m giving a talk about videos, along with Christina Norton, Justin Georges, and Steven Milewski. Here’s the details: When & Where: Saturday, June 24 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Location: McCormick Place, W175a Title: Rocking the Small Screen (Without […]

Australian Law Reform Commission Report on Elder Abuse

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) released a landmark report on elder abuse last week.The Attorney-General of Australia asked the ALRC to conduct this Inquiry into elder abuse in February 2016.The Inquiry forms part of a range...Show More Summary

Ask a Librarian: How do smaller libraries work together to get economies of scale?

Someone I work with at Harvard’s Library Innovation Lab asked me for examples of smaller rural libraries working together to “combine forces” to get more done. I realized that for someone outside the library world, the breakdown of state libraries, … Continue reading ?

Policy Options Magazine Series on Upcoming Legislative Review of Canadian Copyright Policy

Policy Options, a publication of the Montreal-based Institute for Research on Public Policy, is taking a closer look this month at Reviewing Canadian Copyright Policy as the Canadian government prepares for a mandatory legislative review of the Copyright Act that starts later this year. Show More Summary

Q&A with Kathi Kromer, ALA Washington Office Associate Executive Director

On June 5, Kathi Kromer stepped into the role of associate executive director of the American Library Association (ALA)’s Washington Office, succeeding Emily Sheketoff, who led the Washington Office for more than 17 years and retired on May 15.

ALA Annual

Here is my tentative schedule for ALA Annual. Note that it is still tentative!I will be arriving in Chicago on Thursday, and get some wandering around time! (Yay!) I have nwt figured out how to make "Agenda" the default view. (Again... Show More Summary

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