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Supreme Court of Canada: 2016 in Numbers

The Court.ca, the blog of the Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, has published a statistical overview of the decisions the Supreme Court of Canada delivered in 2016:"2016 was a fairly quiet year for the Supreme Court. In total, 60 appeals were decided through 55 individually indexed reasons for judgment. Show More Summary

Lisa Lucas: the National Book Foundation and Libraries

In March, Lisa Lucas will complete her first year as executive director of the National Book Foundation (NBF). Lucas took the reins of the nonprofit, which oversees the 67-year-old National Book Awards (NBA), when Harold Augenbraum stepped down. Show More Summary

Adelia Saunders On How Her Adventures In Archives Shaped “Indelible”

Adelia Saunders’ Indelible centers around Magda, a young Lithuanian woman who possesses a burdensome ability: she’s able to read the major and minor events of people’s lives on their skin. She copes by not wearing her glasses (rendering...Show More Summary

MIT Invites Global Community to “Hack Its Libraries”

MIT invited its university members to “hack its libraries” as part of its Preliminary Future of the Library Report prepared by a faculty/student/staff Ad-Hoc Task Force. After a year of work, the Task Force’s recommendations envision a “global library for a global community."

NYPL, Macmillan Launch Publishing Partnership

New York Public Library (NYPL) and big-five publisher Macmillan have reached an agreement that will see Macmillan release children’s and adult books inspired by and sourced at the library, making NYPL’s famed collection available to a broader audience.

National Book Critics Circle Announces 2016 Finalists

On January 17, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) announced its 30 finalists in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—for the outstanding books of 2016. In addition, Margaret AtwoodShow More Summary

ALA Midwinter 2017

Here is my tentative schedule for ALA Midwinter. Note that it is still tentative!I'm driving to Atlanta and will be driving on Wednesday the 18th, and again on the 24th. (I have not figured out how to make "Agenda" the default view.") Clicking on any event will show details. Show More Summary

Beyond Open Access

The trend to make scientific journal articles freely (and easily) accessible also extends to the underlying research data and methodology. Academic libraries are the key to making Open Science practical.

Supreme Court of Canada: New Library Titles

The list of new library titles added to the Supreme Court of Canada collection from January 1 to 15, 2017 is now available on the Court website.It is possible to subscribe via e-mail to receive the list.

Here's how to monitor for disappearing or changing news online

Over the weekend Ed Summers released a tool called diffengine that monitors an RSS feed and then posts captures of any changed text to Twitter. It's meant for monitoring news sites, but could be used for anything that has an...

Sorry, the new Wayback Machine extension for Chrome sucks!

The other day I saw a headline about a new extension for the Chrome browser from the Internet Archive, Wayback Machine. I had initially ignored this, assuming it was the same thing as Wayback Chrome, but upon further inspection, the...

Freshly Minted Profiles of Library and Information Studies Students and Grads

The website Librarianship.ca has been running a series of profiles called Freshly Minted since 2013.The series introduces Canadians who are studying for the Master's program in Library/Information Studies or who have recently graduated...Show More Summary

SF Public Library’s quest to put diversity on shelves - SFGate

Topic: Libraries But here’s the thing: The characters will probably be white. Despite a push by book lovers for more ethnic diversity in published books, library shelves have remained largely uniform, with white authors penning tales about white people, statistics show. Show More Summary

Gates Foundation research can’t be published in top journals

Topic: Libraries The bar is a result of the Gates Foundation’s policy in support of open access and open data, which was first announced in 2014 but came into force at the beginning of 2017. “Personally, I applaud the Gates Foundation...Show More Summary

Senator Murray Sinclair's Residential School Reading List

Canadian Senator Murray Sinclair, the former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, has produced a Residential school reading list:"Many of you have asked for a reading list on the topic of residential schools. Ask and ye shall receive. Show More Summary

What book has been most meaningful to you?

Topic: Books Author Will Schwalbe say down with Jeff Brown to talk meaningful books. What book has been most meaningful to you? Tweet

Body, Mind and Spirit Spring 2017

Event Date & Time: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PTAs the New Year begins we continually find readers seeking their pathways for the year ahead. Join us for a truly inspiring webcast and learn...Show More Summary

Welcome Josephine

Welcome to Josephine Grey Krieger, the newest LibraryThing baby. Joey was born on December 29th, 2016—6lbs, 14oz—to our very own Kate Krieger, her husband Adam, and big brother Alex. Joey is already whiling away her days reading, and strangely enough, Kate has perhaps less time for books.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, January 2017 Issue

Numbers point toward an amazingly inclusive society, in praise of Millennial computer knowledge, considering the individuals, and more letters to editor from the January 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Upcoming Ottawa Conference on the Charter and Emerging Issues in Constitutional Rights and Freedoms: From 1982 to 2032

The University of Ottawa is organizing a conference entitled Charter and Emerging Issues in Constitutional Rights and Freedoms: From 1982 to 2032 on March 8-10, 2017:"Our conference will bring together leading constitutional scholars,...Show More Summary

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