Submitted by Blake on February 16, 2016 - 1:21pm
The part of the above quote I want focus on, though, is the phrase “non-peer-reviewed.” Peer reviewed papers have errors, of course (does the name “Daryl Bem” ring a bell?). Two of my own published peer-reviewed articles had errors so severe as to destroy their conclusions! But that’s ok, nobody’s claiming perfection. The claim, I think, is that peer-reviewed articles are much less likely to contain errors, as compared to non-peer-reviewed articles (or non-peer-reviewed blog posts). And the claim behind that, I think, is that peer review is likely to catch errors.
And this brings up the question I want to address today: What sort of errors can we expect peer review to catch?
From When does peer review make no damn sense? - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
Submitted by Blake on February 16, 2016 - 11:19am
Submitted by Blake on February 16, 2016 - 7:39am
Index cards are mostly obsolete nowadays. We use them to create flash cards, write recipes, and occasionally fold them up into cool paper airplanes. But their original purpose was nothing less than organizing and classifying every known animal, plant, and mineral in the world. Later, they formed the backbone of the library system, allowing us to index vast sums of information and inadvertently creating many of the underlying ideas that allowed the Internet to flourish.
From A Short History of the Index Card
Submitted by Blake on February 15, 2016 - 11:44am
Submitted by Blake on February 15, 2016 - 7:48am
For now, assume that all your digital data is accessible by a single instance, say your government. In this case you provide your government with incredible control over yourself and also your relatives. A mere measurement of how defiant you are could be dangerous for you, depending on where you live. Furthermore, someone gazing at your data is not required to remain inactive. One might try to manipulate your opinion by placing solely the content on (social) media platforms that you are supposed to see.
From The dark side of big data
Submitted by Blake on February 15, 2016 - 7:31am
Submitted by Blake on February 14, 2016 - 1:00pm
On October 21, 2013, in a post titled Of old books and dying telegrams, I wrote about the famed secondhand bookstalls of south Mumbai, located about 2 km (1.25 miles) from my office and 20 km (12.40 miles) from where I live. The following pictures are of more of these bookstalls situated outside American Express Bank at Flora Fountain, or Hutatma Chowk (Martyrs' Square). So far the municipal corporation has left them alone. Dozens of others on opposite footpaths were not so lucky; they were evicted a few years ago.
From Chess, Comics, Crosswords, Books, Music, Cinema: Footpath libraries
Submitted by Blake on February 14, 2016 - 12:48pm
I Lead from the Library
Join our #ileadfromthelibrary campaign and share with us what you are doing to re-envision leadership in the library! Email ([email protected]) or Tweet (@librarianslead) us your leadership quote and we will beautify it and share it out with the world!
Welcome aboard, library friends!!
From Let the Librarians Lead - Home
Submitted by Blake on February 14, 2016 - 11:53am
The ability of a library board to act free of political influence is imperative in maintaining the local public library as a trusted community institution, one that provides information without discrimination. Libraries and their independent boards work diligently to protect the rights of confidentiality, privacy and the freedom to read.
From Midlands Voices: Library boards need independence - Omaha.com: Opinion
Submitted by Blake on February 14, 2016 - 11:45am
Submitted by Blake on February 13, 2016 - 4:43pm
The current User Agreement is too complicated, which allows large companies to take advantage of user ignorance. What can be done to change it?
Submitted by Blake on February 13, 2016 - 12:48pm
Librarians: Stop the Book Shaming
Today, librarians who are passionate about books are increasingly like the smokers you see outside office buildings: apart, a little embarrassed, and slightly defensive. It’s hardly a surprise. Book collections? A vestige of our past, like the appendix. At conference after conference, keynote speakers argue that public libraries should be community centers, agents of innovation, knowledge creators, and makerspaces. It’s a trend made worse when LIS faculty (who really should know better) lead the charge.
From Three Ways Publishers and Libraries Can Work Better Together
Submitted by Blake on February 13, 2016 - 10:42am
Today, in an unfortunate example of the overreach of the United States’ current copyright law, the Wikimedia Foundation removed the Dutch-language text of The Diary of a Young Girl—more commonly known in English as the Diary of Anne Frank—from Wikisource.
We took this action to comply with the United States’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), as we believe the diary is still under US copyright protection under the law as it is currently written. Nevertheless, our removal serves as an excellent example of why the law should be changed to prevent repeated extensions of copyright terms, an issue that has plagued our communities for years.
From Wikimedia Foundation removes The Diary of Anne Frank due to copyright law requirements « Wikimedia blog
Submitted by Blake on February 12, 2016 - 12:50pm
John Palfrey, founding president of the Digital Public Library of America and a director of Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, recently told the Deseret News that he has “been struck by the number of times people tell [him] that they think libraries are less important than they were before, now that we have the Internet and Google. He says he thinks “just the opposite: Libraries are more important, not less important, and both as physical and virtual entities, than they’ve been in the past.” John Palfrey, author of the new book "BiblioTECH: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google," joins Tom Williams to discuss the future of the library on Thursday’s Access Utah.
From "The Future of Libraries" On Thursday's Access Utah | UPR Utah Public Radio
Submitted by Blake on February 12, 2016 - 11:00am
Two big-name legal research companies are battling in federal court over the right to exclusively publish the law—in this case, the Georgia Administrative Rules and Regulations.
The lawsuit (PDF) comes as states across the nation partner with legal research companies to offer exclusive publishing and licensing deals for digitizing and making available online the states' reams of laws and regulations. The only problem is that the law is not copyrightable—or so says one of the publishers involved in the Georgia litigation.
From Online legal publishers squabble over the right to copyright the law | Ars Technica
Submitted by Blake on February 12, 2016 - 10:55am
Librarianship is a funny profession–the day is often a mixture of hokey jokes from people who haven’t been in a library in years, and strategizing ways to implement robotics and computer coding into programs for everybody from preschoolers to seniors. When people see what libraries actually get up to these days, they’re almost always surprised. So many people in America depend on their libraries to help them forward when it comes to technology, and lots of libraries have answered that call with aplomb, learning as they go.
From Maker kit program turns libraries into places for content creation, not just consumption | KnightBlog
Submitted by Blake on February 12, 2016 - 10:43am
An early adopter of open source textbooks, Neth said he turned to the new technology out of frustration with spiraling prices of commercial textbooks.
"It's seeing the costs go up every semester and almost feeling powerless," Neth said.
Universities and state governments are lining up behind the cause as a way to make college more affordable. The open textbooks, produced with publicly available material, are issued to students for free or a small fraction of the hundreds of dollars they typically spend annually on books.
From Open-source textbooks gain in push for college affordability
Submitted by Blake on February 11, 2016 - 6:17pm
But, we’re not as great at dealing with our patrons’ digital interactions. We’re not as great at making sure their web transactions are secure, we’re not as great at making sure their wifi transactions are secure, that they can browse the internet securely. And so there’s this awesome project called the Library Freedom Project, which is all about raising awareness about that issue, number one, but number two actually giving libraries the tools that they need in order to do this. I mean we’re a democracy and so part of that is that everybody is equal to every other person. And you deserve, you know, the same rights to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, that kind of thing, as everybody else gets. But in reality we’re a very tiered system where people who are more rich or more powerful have access to more and better services, more and better access to things, to tools, to jobs — as well, to obscure stuff like privacy.
From Library freedom, free speech and the freedom to tinker — Medium
Submitted by Blake on February 11, 2016 - 6:14pm
And that's by targeting secondary education. By working with 35 school districts across the state, the Office of Broadband Development will use the Federal Communication Commission's E-rate Modernization Order, which makes it possible for schools and libraries to construct and operate their own fiber networks. The districts will make competitive bids, and if their needs qualify as more cost-effective than lit services, they can take advantage of the match-rate program.
"Through this program, if the state will help pay required match, the FCC will kick in an additional 10 percent, making it possible for schools and libraries to build and own their fiber network that is paid for up to 90 percent with federal funds," Johnson said. "This offer was made available due to the high cost of getting adequate connectivity to schools and libraries."
From Why Alabama plans to use schools, libraries to fill broadband coverage gaps - Birmingham Business Journal
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 11, 2016 - 12:23pm
The proposal to change the name of American Association of Law Libraries to the Association for Legal Information has failed by a vote of 1998 (80.11 percent) opposed, to 496 (19.89 percent) in favor. A record number of members voted on this proposal, with 59.51 percent casting a ballot.
The votes were verified this morning by two members, who served as the election tellers.