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Sabrina I. Pacifici - Editor, Publisher, Founder , Owner - LLRX.com® – the free web journal on law, technology and research for Librarians, Lawyers, Researchers, Academics, and Journalists. Established in1996. See also the LLRX Twitter feed updated daily with unique resources to support effective, timely subject matter resource sharing. Sabrina I. Pacifici is also the solo Researcher/Author, beSpacific® - Accurate research and knowledge discovery of documents and resources focused on law, technology, government reports, civil liberties, justice and emerging technology issues - with a global perspective. Updated daily since 2002 with a searchable database of over 45,000 postings. See also the beSpacific Twitter feed. ABA Top 100 Law Blogs 2016-2017.

LLRX New Issue – March 2020

Articles and Columns for March 2020

  • Financial Sources on the Internet 2020 – This is Marcus Zillman’s selective and wide ranging guide to mostly free financial, market, benchmarking, data and knowledge discovery resources on the internet. The guide is especially useful during this time of financial tumult, and will be updated in future as we continue to experience financial volatility around the world. The information covered includes: news, corporate, academic, public/private, scholarly and government sites and services respective to four sections – Corporate Conference Calls Resources, Financial Sources, Financial Sources Search Engines, and Selected Venture Capital Sources.
  • COVID-19, Copyright and Library Superpowers Part I – If you work in any of the higher ed institutions that are preparing to move online – maybe your copyright world has exploded in a range of questions on fair use, e-reserves, online access, scanning, digitization, and more! Many in the library community are working towards the best solution for students, faculty, staff, and patrons in this time of crisis. To help you navigate this process, lawyer, librarian, copyright academic Kyle K. Courtney’s Two Part article offers a wealth of guidance on the legal tools libraries have for copyright as “stewards of access” in our communities. [See Part 2]
  • COVID-19, Copyright and Library Superpowers Part II – If you work in any of the higher ed institutions that are preparing to move online – maybe your copyright world has exploded in a range of questions on fair use, e-reserves, online access, scanning, digitization, and more! Many in the library community are working towards the best solution for students, faculty, staff, and patrons in this time of crisis. To help you navigate this process, lawyer, librarian, copyright academic Kyle K. Courtney’s Two Part article offers a wealth of guidance on the legal tools libraries have for copyright as “stewards of access” in our communities. [See Part 1]
  • Sharing COVID-19 Challenges in Large Law Firms – This past week Ron Friedman convened a group call to discuss and share COVID-19 challenges in large law firms. Ten senior staff leaders of large law firms participated, most US-based but one from the UK and one from Canada. For those in large law firm who have not had an opportunity to connect with peers, perhaps reading about others’ challenges will help. This is about commiserating, not solutions.
  • Business as (Un)Usual: Library Business Continuity Amid COVID-19Ellyssa Valenti Kroski, Director of Information Technology/Marketing, The New York Law Institute, shares proactive actions her organization took to transition to a remote workplace during the pandemic, the technology and processes they implemented, and important tips for preparing your own library.
  • Barnes & Noble warns layoffs probable due to corona closures – Will Barnes & Noble remain a viable business with the huge challenge of the current pandemic? Chris Meadows talks about the factors that will impact this business and the employees, readers, and the future of physical books.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 28, 2020Four highlights from this week: The battle against disinformation is global; Report: “‘Zoombombing’: When Video Conferences Go Wrong”; Could President Trump end lockdowns? Three legal issues; Putin’s Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: Dangerous New ‘Cyber Weapons’ Now Exposed; and AG Shapiro: Amazon, Facebook, Ebay, Walmart, Craigslist Must Stop Site Price Gouging by Online Sellers.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 22, 2020Four highlights from this week: Critics see Trump health data rules as boon for big tech; Scammers use robocalls to falsely offer free coronavirus test kits and low-priced health insurance; Letter Carriers Say the Postal Service Pressured Them to Deliver Mail Despite Coronavirus Symptoms; The Coronavirus Crisis Is Showing Us How to Live Online; and How coronavirus COVID-19 is accelerating the future of work.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 15, 2020 Four highlights from this week: Dressing for the Surveillance Age; How To Tell If Your Smart Home Security Camera Is Hacked; Digital security best practices for working remotely; and The best, and the worst, of the coronavirus dashboards.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 8, 2020Four highlights from this week: How to Dox Yourself on the Internet; Apple Bans Clearview Facial Recognition App From Its Store; You’re about to be scammed; and Robo lawyer will sue organizations that will not delete your personal info.

LLRX.com® – the free web journal on law, technology, knowledge discovery and research for Librarians, Lawyers, Researchers, Academics, and Journalists. Founded in 1996.

Subjects: KM

LLRX Articles and Columns for February 2020

Articles and Columns for February 2020 If My AI Wrote this Post, Could I Own the Copyright? – Todd A Carpenter, Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), discusses the factors that have brought us to an inflection point with a new technology, artificial intelligence (AI), and associated questions about the boundaries of …

Subjects: KM

LLRX New Issue – January 2020

Articles and Columns for January 2020 Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Updated January 2020 – Sabrina I. Pacifici has completely revised and updated her guide, which she first published in 2006 and has updated regularly since that time. A wide range of free and low cost sites with expertly sourced content specific …

Subjects: KM

LLRX New Issue – December 2019

Articles and Columns for December 2019 Converging Paths: A Librarian’s Journey to Becoming a Privacy Professional – After receiving her MLIS Stephanie Davis worked in the field of knowledge management (KM) where she sourced, documented, categorized, and shared information about her consulting firm’s people and project experiences. Davis designed webpages, delivered training programs on information …

Subjects: KM

LLRX New Issue – November 2019

Articles and Columns for November 2019 2020 Guide to Web Data Extractors – This guide by Marcus P. Zillman is a comprehensive listing of web data extractors, screen, web scraping and crawling sources and sites for the Internet and the Deep Web. These sources are useful for professionals who focus on competitive intelligence, business intelligence and …

Subjects: KM

LLRX New Issue – October 2019

Articles and Columns for October 2019 Blockchain: What Information Professionals Need to Know – Anna Irvin, Ph.D. and Janice E. Henderson, Esq. presented this comprehensive 64 page guide at the LLAGNY Education Committee Program on October 15, 2019. The guide is an multidisciplinary resource that includes: articles from law, business and finance journals, CLE programs/materials, …

Subjects: KM

Death of Colleague, Ken Strutin, Author of LLRX Criminal Justice Guides for 13 years

Kennard (Ken) R. Strutin, lawyer, law librarian, Director of Legal Information Services for the New York State Defenders Association, professor, author, teacher, colleague, friend and respected leader in the effort to illuminate the struggles of incarcerated persons and to champion justice for them, died on November 30, 2018 after a brief illness – he was …

Subjects: Big Data, Civil Liberties, Criminal Law, Ethics, Government Resources, Human Rights, Legal Education, Legal Ethics, Legal Research

Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Updated June 2017

Sabrina I. Pacifici has completely revised and updated her guide, which she first published in 2005 and has updated yearly since that time. A wide range of free sites with expertly sourced content specific to researchers focused on business, finance, government data, analysis and news from the US and around the world, are included in this article. The resources in this guide are the work of corporate, government, academic, advocacy and news sources and individuals or groups using Open Source applications. This guide is pertinent to professionals who are actively engaged in maintaining a balanced yet diverse group of reliable, actionable free and low cost sources for their daily research.

Subjects: Competitive Intelligence, Financial System, Government Resources, Internet Resources - Web Links, Legal Research, News Resources, Reference Resources, Search Engines

Introducing the Central Library of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union and of the European Council

Carlo Marzocchi Head of Sector, Library & Information Service shared this announcement on the resources of Central Library Council of the European Union. The Council of the European Union is the European Union institution where the Member States’ ministers responsible for specific areas (e.g. finance, health, education) meet to discuss issues of common concern within their countries. The European Council consists of the Heads of State, or Government, of the Member States, together with the President of the Council and the President of the Commission. The European Council provides the Union with the necessary impetus for its development and defines its general political directions and priorities. It does not exercise legislative functions. The administrative support to both institutions is ensured by the General Secretariat of the Council or GSC. The Central Library holds over 100,000 monographs and EU publications. Newspapers and periodicals from EU Member States are available in the reading room. The Official Journal of the European Communities is available on paper, on microfiche (until 1997), on CD-ROM (from 1998 on) and via internet.

Subjects: Comparative/Foreign Law, Legal Research, Libraries & Librarians, Reference Services

2011 Sparky Award Winners Announced, People’s Choice Contest Now Open

“Four new student films on the importance of Open Access to research and data have been voted the best by a panel of new media experts, students, and librarians in “Open Up!”, the fourth annual Sparky Awards. Calling on students to articulate their support in a two-minute video, the contest has been embraced by campuses all over the world and has inspired imaginative expressions of student support for the potential of Open Access to foster creativity, innovation, and problem solving.”

Subjects: Features