Category «Libraries & Librarians»

First Lifeline, Now Broadband Program for Schools and Libraries in the FCC’s Crosshairs

In a previous article here on LLRX, Gigi Sohn wrote about how the new Federal Communications Commission majority revoked the approval of nine companies to become Lifeline providers and how that would weaken the Lifeline program and widen the digital divide. Sohn follows up with a discussion of how the E-Rate program, which makes broadband services more affordable for America’s schools and libraries, is in the FCC majority’s crosshairs. And much like the case of Lifeline, Sohn argues the majority is using procedural steps and administrative tools to weaken the E-Rate program.

Subjects: Communications, Communications Law, Economy, Education, Government Resources, Legal Research, Libraries & Librarians

Can current antitrust law deal with Amazon?

Chris Meadows calls our attention to a Yale Law Journal by Lina M. Khan published in January 2017 titled Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox. The author presents an argument in favor of modifying antitrust law in light of the realm of competition created by a burgeoning, powerful and often narrow group of players in specific e-commerce marketplaces. For librarians, researchers, professors and student among others, the issue of pricing and competition in the ebook market is particularly salient.

Subjects: E-Books, E-Commerce, Legal Research, Libraries & Librarians, Publishing & Publishers (Legal)

How the national library endowment will work

This is an introduction to a critical effort to support local public libraries throughout the United States, not in competition with any other efforts, programs or initiatives, but with the goal to fund a robust, long lived and essential endowment in response to ongoing defunding of critical library staffing and resources in our communities, especially poor land rural localities.

Subjects: Digital Archives, E-Books, Economy, Education, Librarian Resources, Libraries & Librarians, Library Software & Technology

The value of microblogs for research and information sharing

Are you overwhelmed by social media applications, many of which are not permitted to use in your private or public work place. If so this guide by Pete Weiss offers several alternatives to assist you with lightweight applications that bypass controversy in favor of utility.

Subjects: Blogs, KM, Libraries & Librarians, Social Media

Why Sole Provider Isn’t Really A Thing and I’m Not Going to Say It Any More

Marcia Burris synthesizes and re-frames the long standing concept of a sole source provider for legal research services.

Subjects: Law Librarians, Legal Research, Legal Technology, Libraries & Librarians, Library Marketing, Online Legal Research Services

Library Services for People with Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimers

Sarah Houghton organized a training for library staff throughout her county from the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and a stellar local senior non-profit named Senior Access dedicated to serving residents with memory loss issues. This training was inspired by two things: in her year in the San Rafael Leadership Institute when her class project was raising funds for Senior Access, and a demographic study from the Association of Bay Area Governments that highlighted Marin County’s median age compared to regional, state, and national norms.

Subjects: Education, Healthcare, KM, Libraries & Librarians

College Students and Critical Thinking

Stacy Nykorchuk, an experienced Program Manager and Ethics/Compliance Manager, discusses efforts to advocate on behalf of and to promote critical thinking when Googling and using Wikipedia are often the go-to sources for college students throughout the country.

Subjects: Economy, Internet Resources - Web Links, Internet Trends, KM, Libraries & Librarians, News Resources, Search Strategies, Technology Trends

Copyright is Not Inevitable, Divine, or Natural Right

Ken Sawdon discusses the implications of copyright lawsuit that was settled in India which had been brought by several large textbook publishers against a photocopying services that created student coursepacks for educational purposes only.

Subjects: Copyright, Intellectual Property, Libraries & Librarians

Forensic Business Development Research

Legal marketing and business development expert Eric Dewey defines a new term for a multifaceted expert work product and deliverable that librarians are uniquely positioned to develop, implement and manage in a critical leadership role for customers.

Subjects: KM, Law Firm Marketing, Law Librarians, Leadership, Legal Marketing, Legal Research, Legal Technology, Libraries & Librarians, Library Marketing, Management

Info Today columnist recs National Digital Library Endowment idea to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden

David Rothman is a consistent, expert advocate for funding a national digital library endowment, and his enthusiasm has been strengthened with the appointment of Dr. Carla Hayden as the new librarian of Congress.

Subjects: Economy, Government Resources, Information Management, Libraries & Librarians, Library Marketing, Reference Resources
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