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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Public Libraries in the United States Survey Fiscal Year 2012

Categories: Libraries/Museums,Statistics

Provides data on investment in and use of public libraries.  Also includes public library indicators and state statistical profiles.  From the Institute of Museum  and Library Services


Transforming Document Recordation at the United States Copyright Office

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums

Reviews the history and current paper-based state of copyright recording and recommends creation of an electronic system to replace it.  Makes 9 recommendations about the features and functions of such a system.  From the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress


Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Libraries/Museums

Latest 25 films named to the National Film Registry.  Includes Saving Private Ryan, Rosemary’s Baby, Little Big Man, Rio Bravo, and the 2 minute Luxo Jr., the living desk lamp that became the Pixar “brand.”  From the Library of Congress


Fact Sheet: FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Plan to Reboot the E-Rate Program to Meet the Needs of 21st Century Digital Learning

Categories: Education,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Telecommunications/Internet

Presents the proposal of the FCC Chairman to modernize the E-Rate rules and funding levels.  Also describes the current high-speed Internet connectivity gap.  From the  Federal Communications Commission


E-Rate Data Update

Categories: Education,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Telecommunications/Internet

Staff report which summarizes and analyzes data gathered since summer 2014 regarding long-term funding needs of the E-Rate program which sponsors broadband Internet connections for schools and libraries. From the Federal Communications Commission


Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor: A Library of Congress Exhibition: November 6, 2014 – January 19, 2015

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Great Britain,History,Libraries/Museums

Online site for the exhibit of the Magna Carta at the Library of Congress.  From the Library of Congress


Student Discovery Sets

Categories: History,Libraries/Museums,Literacy/Reading

The first six texts in a projected series of E-books that are available for the iPad. Among the initial topics: the Constitution, the Dust Bowl, and the Harlem Renaissance.  From the Library of Congress


Technische Universitat Darmstadt v. Eugen Ulmer

Categories: Copyright/Patents,European Union,Libraries/Museums

Decision of the European Court of Justice allowing libraries to digitize books in their collections without the consent of the copyright owner in order to make them available for reading on a dedicated computer.  The court also ruled that copyright owners must be compensated if library users want to print or capture the text on storage devices.  From the European Court of Justice


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