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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Public Knowledge: Access and Benefits
Edited by Miriam A. Drake and Donald T. Hawkins
Foreword by Judith Coffey Russell
Public Knowledge
 
Public Knowledge: Access and Benefits, edited by the late Miriam A. Drake together with Donald T. Hawkins, is the first book in years to explore trends and issues for researchers and organizations that rely on U.S. public information. More than a dozen topic experts, information specialists, and government documents librarians discuss the challenges inherent in collecting, preserving, updating, and disseminating a deluge of information generated daily by public sources.

Contributors describe agencies at the forefront of managing the information, explore the role of the federal government and its corps of information professionals, and highlight how public data are being consumed by a surprising range of stakeholders in the digital information age. They remind us of the value and diversity of public information, and of the imperative to make it readily available to all American citizens, to whom it belongs. No reader interested in the latter topic can afford to miss Barbie Keiser's closing chapter on open government, Big Data, and the future of public information.
 
February 2016/288 pp/softbound/ISBN 978-1-57387-515-8 | Regular Price $59.50 | Web Order Price: $53.55

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NewsBreaks
ALA Ventures Out Into Communities for New Advocacy Effort
by Corilee Christou
The two most recent ALA pres­idents, Jim Neal (2017-2018) and Loida Garcia-Febo (2018-2019), launched robust advocacy pro­grams. Each program concen­trates on influencing specific but equally critical segments of library supporters.

Weekly News Digests
New Tool Makes Biomedical Data Analysis Easier
According to Phys.org, "Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have developed a tool that speeds up the analysis and publication of biomedical data from many months or years to mere minutes, transforming the way researchers communicate results of their studies."
A Guide to Understanding Deepfakes
Francesco Marconi and Till Daldrup write for the Neiman Journalism Lab, "Artificial intelligence is fueling the next phase of misinformation. The new type of synthetic media known as deepfakes poses major challenges for newsrooms when it comes to verification."
First Vigil Puts White Supremacists on Notice
Jason Tashea writes for the ABA Journal, "A new online data project is tracking far-right extremism by collecting and aggregating federal and state criminal cases against extremists, including white supremacists and neo-Nazis."
The Failures of FOIA
Tim Cushing writes for Techdirt, "Fifty years after the passage of the Freedom of Information Act [FOIA], the letter of the law lives on but its spirit has been crushed. While it's definitely preferable to having no opportunity to demand government agencies hand over requested documents, it's not the significant improvement it was promised to be."
eLife Covers Meta-Research
eLife's features editor, Peter Rodgers, writes on Inside eLife, "Meta-research is research that uses the methods of science to study science itself."

NewsLink Spotlight
10 Experts Talk Library Positivity
by Brandi Scardilli
What will info pros be talking about in the future? How will the informa­tion industry change? This year, like any, has seen its share of challenges ... but there's a lot to stay positive about these days too. Join a group of librar­ians and library-related organiza­tions and companies in celebrating the best parts of being involved with libraries.

How to Maintain Library Staff Tech Competency

How to Maintain Library Staff Tech Competency (2:27)

Hamilton Public Library chief librarian/CEO Paul Takala discusses strategies to keep library staff equipped for a rapidly changing future in this clip from his presentation at Computers in Libraries 2019.

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