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Tuesday, November 13, 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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Digitization Provides Access to Native American Archives
by Nancy K. Herther
In 1990, Congress passed the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) to "address the rights of lineal descendants, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations to Native American cultural items." Thanks to its passage, the term "digital repatriation" arose in the field of indigenous anthropology--the return of cultural heritage items in some type of digital format to the communities from which they originated.

Weekly News Digests
EveryLibrary's Midterms Takeaways for Libraries
EveryLibrary's executive director, John Chrastka, shares "EveryLibrary's 10 Takeaways for Libraries from the 2018 Midterms."
Net Neutrality After the Midterms
Kate Patrick writes for Inside Sources that "now that Democrats have won the House, tech experts both for and against net neutrality rules are unsure how the net neutrality debate will pan out, and they don't expect any net neutrality bill to gain traction in Congress."
Social Media Helps Reporters Cover Crimes
Kevin Roose writes for The New York Times, "Typically, the first step in investigating a breaking news situation playing out on social media is to save and screenshot everything you can find."
OCLC Promotes Linked Data
Andrew K. Pace, executive director of technical research for OCLC, writes, "I'm naturally skeptical when libraries try to apply new technologies to long-solved problems, but I am now thoroughly convinced that the library needs linked data platforms."
Gartner Shares Internet of Things Trends
IT-Online reports on a Gartner study of the Internet of Things (IoT) trends that will affect digital business innovation from 2018 to 2023.

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.

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