The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) website has a good visualization of hospital resource needs through August. Note that you can use the dropdown menu to see state by state information.
Wednesday, 1 April 2020
Monday, 30 March 2020
Law360 has an interesting article titled "The Attys And Legal Logic Behind Stay-At-Home Orders" (login required), discussing the attorneys who are helping local governments draft unfamiliar and unprecedented orders requiring citizens to stay at home to slow the coronavirus' spread.
"Drafting those orders is akin to tiptoeing through a legal minefield. Government attorneys must balance constitutional rights like freedom of assembly with public health concerns. The orders can’t be so loose that they’re useless, but they can’t overstep local authority and open themselves up to a legal challenge."
Tax Notes, a Barco Law Library subscription from Tax Analysts, now has a designated page for tax issues related to the Coronavirus.
Please note that this page is outside the TaxNotes pay wall and available to everyone.
Saturday, 28 March 2020
In an article in the online ITPro magazine, the reporters says that "The video conferencing platform Zoom is sending iOS users’ analytics data to Facebook without explicit consent, even if users don’t have an account with the social networking giant... According to the analysis, Zoom notifies Facebook when an iOS user opens the app, and then provides details on the user’s device, including the model, as well as their time zone, and city they’re connecting from.Zoom also sends Facebook information about their mobile network operator, and the unique advertiser identifier created by the device, which is primarily how companies target users with adverts... Many of the scores of people joining the video conferencing platform may be unaware their privacy is being undermined in such a way."
Friday, 27 March 2020
"The Daily Pittsburgh Legal Journal is being published as an electronic PDF only – and on two days a week, Wednesdays and Fridays – until April 14, 2020, due to the Coronavirus crisis. Each issue will be in a PDF, and the most recent issue can be found on this page at “Quick Links” below; click on the last item, The Daily Pittsburgh Legal Journal. During this time, the Pittsburgh Legal Journal is available to the public and no subscription is required. The changes were made in accordance with a March 20, 2020, court order by President Judge Kimberly Berkeley Clark, Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania, that decreed the Pittsburgh Legal Journal shall be published as an electronic PDF through April 14 'in the interest of public health.'”hat tip: Pat Roncevich
"Many content providers have offered free access to e-content collections to help you maintain online services during the COVID-19 crisis. OCLC is actively partnering with global content providers to ensure access to these valuable resources through OCLC cataloging, discovery, and resource sharing services Content providers are using a variety of models to open access to different types of content, including no-charge access to existing collections and special collections of information relevant to the current pandemic. In many cases, existing collections in the WorldCat knowledge base already contain the content newly available at no charge during this crisis. In other cases, we will work with a content partner to create needed knowledge base collections that can be configured for MARC record delivery or access through services such as WorldCat Discovery, WorldCat.org, WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, Tipasa, and ILLiad. OCLC is maintaining a growing list of this freely available content at oc.lc/covid19-partner-content which includes recommended options to access through OCLC services. We will continue to update this list as new information becomes available."As of this writing, there is a list of 63 publishers/providers offering free access to some or all of their content during the COVID-19 crisis, including the University of Michigan Press, Proquest, the New England Journal of Medicine, EBSCO, Edward Elgar, and Cambridge University Press. The list continues to be updated by OCLC.
Cook County Circuit Court – Chancery Division
Cook County Circuit Court – Law Division
Lake County Circuit Court
4th Judicial District, Hennepin County
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
Tuesday, 24 March 2020
"USDM has millions (upon millions) of links to full text so they should assist you and your researchers in getting to needed text from wherever you may be. U.S. Documents Masterfile brings together foundational government document indexes and full-text collections to create an easy-to-use single index to governmental publications. USDM includes 15 million citations with 10 million links to full text, making quality primary research easier and enabling a single search for indexes and records for nearly 250 years of United States federal information."
Monday, 23 March 2020
Friday, 20 March 2020
· GPO’s Government Book Talk posted a new blog today, Coronavirus Pandemic: Reliable Government Information Resources: https://govbooktalk.gpo.gov/2020/03/19/coronavirus-pandemic-reliable-government-information-resources/. In the blog, a wide variety of trustworthy Government resources on COVID-19 are presented, including information ranging from COVID-19 symptoms to look for to proper handwashing techniques.
· GPO’s govinfo now includes a new web page that offers legislative, Presidential, and regulatory documents on COVID-19: https://www.govinfo.gov/features/coronavirus.
· FDLP LibGuides is featuring the Hot Topics: Coronavirus, which includes several Guides on the topic created by the FDLP community: https://libguides.fdlp.gov/c.php?g=1005541.
· COVID-19 Guidance for Federal Depository Libraries:
o March 9, 2020: Guidance for FDLs: https://www.fdlp.gov/news-and-events/4423-covid-19-guidance-for-federal-depository-libraries
o March 13, 2020: Additional Guidance for FDLs: https://www.fdlp.gov/news-and-events/4429-additional-covid-19-guidance-for-federal-depository-libraries
o March 17, 2020: FDLP Shipments Temporarily Suspended: https://www.fdlp.gov/news-and-events/4430-fdlp-shipments-temporarily-suspended
o March 17, 2020: Temporary Closures and Changing Library Operations: https://www.fdlp.gov/news-and-events/4431-temporary-closures-and-changing-library-operations-due-to-covid-19
o March 17, 2020: FDLP eXchange Review Periods Increased: https://www.fdlp.gov/news-and-events/4432-fdlp-exchange-review-periods-increased
o March 19, 2020: FDLP Academy Continuing Education During COVID-19 Pandemic: https://www.fdlp.gov/news-and-events/4437-fdlp-academy-continuing-education-during-covid-19-pandemic
· Other Popular Resources for Patrons:
o CDC website for COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
o CDC Protects and Prepares Communities: https://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo132777
o What to Do If You Are Sick with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): https://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo132740
§ Spanish: https://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo132749
§ Chinese: https://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo132746
o What You Need to Know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): https://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo132738
§ Spanish: https://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo132744
§ Chinese: https://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo132743
You are also invited to register to attend the live training webinar, "Coronavirus Frauds and Scams: What You Need to Know,” taking place Wednesday, April 8. Carol Kando-Pineda, Attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, will discuss the frauds and scams that play on fears surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). She will explain the scammers’ lures, warning signs of scams in general, and how to avoid them. She’ll also touch on other prevalent scams, frauds related to charitable giving in times of crisis, and how to donate wisely. Register: https://www.fdlp.gov/news-and-events/4436-webinar-coronavirus-frauds-and-scams-what-you-need-to-know
Thank you for all you are doing to help keep your library staff and patrons safe and informed.
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Please practice social distancing and stay safe!
Wednesday, 11 March 2020
From the announcement:
"The spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 is a quickly evolving situation, and campus leaders across the country are scrambling to devise policies, communicate updates, and plan for different scenarios moving forward... The forum will be the first installment of a time-limited series that runs every week until the need for advice, networking, and news abates. Sessions will be hosted by Bryan Alexander, a prominent higher ed thinker who hosts the Future Trends Forum, along with Karin Fischer, a Chronicle reporter who has been covering the emergency. The video chat forum will use Shindig, a participatory video chat platform. Similar to an in-person event, participants have the opportunity to ask a panelist questions as well as share and discuss the proceedings in a private chat with one another. There's no download or account registration required, and mobile users can attend using the Shindig App and participate fully. Forums will be recorded and archived, but space in the live event is limited to the first 1000 attendees – complete your registration now to secure a spot. Here’s what to expect during Friday's session:
• An update about the latest news colleges need to know about the emergency and its effect on higher education.
• A discussion on how to transition academic programs online during the outbreak.
• An open forum with participants to ask questions of the panelists or moderators."
Monday, 2 March 2020
From the description:
Learning Outcomes: The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has provided expert, non-partisan analysis of legal and policy issues for Congress for over a century. Now, in an attempt to expand access to its resources, it has made two of its products available through Congress.gov. First, CRS Reports, or the reports and research projects provided to Congress as part of CRS’s duty to provide timely, objective, and authoritative research and analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, are now available at https://crsreports.congress.gov/. Second, the Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (Constitution Annotated), which provides a summary of U.S. Constitutional provisions and the leading U.S. Supreme Court decisions that interpret them, is now available at https://constitution.congress.gov/. This presentation will provide an overview of the features and navigation of CRS Reports and the Constitution Annotated available via Congress.gov."You can register for the webinar here.
Friday, 28 February 2020
Monday, 10 February 2020
From the promotional materials:
- Now your digital library eBooks are available with or without an internet connection. Download the app on your phone or tablet for an easy reading-on-the-go option (Available for iOS and Android).
- Your home page populates recently read eBooks, and your personal annotations and tags, so you can easily return to your work.
- Work inside the eBook or in your personal workspace. Easily organize and sync your annotations and highlights across sessions and devices.
- It's easy to do: download the LexisNexis Digital Library App from Google Play or the Apple App Store. Use Library Code: when prompted for you library code and then sign in with your ID and password.
Friday, 7 February 2020
Friday, 10 January 2020
"Through Government Information Online (GIO) you can ask government information librarians questions on almost any subject from aardvarks to zygomycosis... GIO is a free online information service supported by libraries that participate in the U.S. Government Publishing Office’s Federal Depository Library Program... Government information librarians with a specialized knowledge of agency information dissemination practices — as well as expertise in how to use government information products, resources and or publications — answer all the questions submitted to GIO. These librarians are dedicated to helping users meet their government information needs."
Thursday, 9 January 2020
Tax Notes is also promising an updated research platform that will move their primary tax law resources - the Internal Revenue Code and regulations - outside their paywall so they will be available to anyone.
Wednesday, 8 January 2020
• Ability to choose either ePub or PDF when reading online/offline
• Only titles available in your school’s subscription will be visible
• More than 200 short videos on fundamental concepts of law
• Ability to save favorite study aids for easy access
In early February, they promise to have:
• 200+ audio lectures and text-to-speech capabilities for all books
• Updated MARC records delivered through our new partnership with OCLC.
If you have any questions about accessing these study aids at Pitt Law please contact the eResearch & Technology Services Librarian.
Friday, 3 January 2020
Interestingly, the article points out that these free books are not necessarily considered to be Open Educational Resources (OER): "Definitions of OER vary, but many advocates agree that OER content must be openly licensed to make clear that users can revise and remix the content however they desire. Creative Commons licenses requesting that users provide attribution to the original author, or preventing them from selling the work commercially, are common for OER materials. But licenses stating “no derivatives” are not. These licenses prohibit users from sharing content they have modified without prior permission, even if their changes improve the original material."
The article does NOT discuss Harvard's Berkaman Center H2O Open Casebook Project, of which Pitt Law's Barco Law Library is a member. H2O is an OER platform for creating, editing, organizing, consuming, and sharing course materials; it helps law faculty create high quality, open-licensed digital textbooks for free.
Thursday, 12 December 2019
"I am writing to inform you that Bloomberg Law will discontinue our limited collection of law review and journal articles. Law reviews and journals, currently available under Secondary Sources in the Browse Menu and from within Practice Centers, will be removed 12/31/2019.
We believe that removal of these materials will have a limited impact on our academic users. Law review articles are among the least used resources available on Bloomberg Law, and are readily available from other sources. Our editorial and product development teams are always primarily focused on producing highest quality practical guidance, analytics, and legal news, and this decision reflects a reallocation of resources to that end."
Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Monday, 9 December 2019
• The U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library collection in the U.S. Presidential database includes Pres. Trump and access to the "whistleblower" documents.
• In the past month alone, more than 500 volumes and nearly 320,000 pages were added to the U.S. Congressional Serial Set. And the HeinOnline Blog includes a regular post called "Secrets of the Serial Set." In the most recent post, readers can explore the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and its resulting investigations
Friday, 6 December 2019
The change will become effective at the beginning of 2021. The announcement from the courts says that:
..."opinions filed on or after 1 January 2021 will have an immediate, permanent, and medium-neutral ("universal") citation the moment they are issued. Because a universal citation is medium-neutral, it does not point to an official publication of the opinion. Opinions of the Supreme Court of North Carolina and the North Carolina Court of Appeals that are filed on or after 1 January 2021 should be cited using this format: [Case Name], [Traditional Citation to the Bound Volume and Page Number of the Court's Official Reporter], [Universal Citation to the Year, Court, and Opinion Number], [Pinpoint Paragraph Number].
e.g., State v. Smith, 375 N.C. 152, 2020-NCSC-45, ¶ 16.
State v. Smith, 255 N.C. App. 43, 2020-NCCOA-118, ¶ 23."
Tuesday, 3 December 2019
In CODE REVISION COMMISSION and State of Georgia v. PUBLIC.RESOURCE.ORG, INC., 244 F.Supp.3d 1350 (2017), the United States District Court, N.D. Georgia, Atlanta Division decided that the annotations in the Code were copyrightable, and the alleged infringer's use was not a non-infringing fair use.
Public.Resource.org appealed, and in Code Revision Commission for General Assembly of Georgia v. Public.Resource.org, 906 F.3d 1229 (2018), the 11th Circuit Court overturned the lower court's ruling and held that "held that annotations editorially created for the annotated compilation of Georgia statutes, while not having the force of law, were sufficiently law-like so as to be regarded as sovereign work constructively authored by the People, and thus were not copyrightable."
The Code Revision Commission of Georgia appealed that decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, and in June the Supreme Court granted certiorari in GEORGIA, et al., petitioners, v. PUBLIC.RESOURCE.ORG, INC. 139 S.Ct. 2746 (June 2019) (note that this link goes to Westlaw). The case was argued before the Supreme Court on Monday, December 2. If you are interested in following the case, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued, under the authority of the state and via Internet, a transcript of oral argument prepared by HERITAGE REPORTING CORPORATION Official Reporters.
Bob Ambrogi, on his Lawsiteblog, calls it a "unique partnership." He interviewed Ed Walters of Fastcase, who said that they are "jointly committing to work together on some collaborative new research projects going forward." Jean O'Grady, in her Deweybstrategic blog, calls the partnership a "paradigm shift," saying that "Fastcase is clearly positioning the company to play the disruptor."
Friday, 22 November 2019
To help Carnegie Mellon scholars navigate this agreement and its impact on their work, the University Libraries have created a website with helpful information for the community and answers to frequently asked questions.
Friday, 15 November 2019
- The public landing page, originally designed in the early 2000's. The review says that there is too much clutter on the landing page, with key space taken up by secondary information - this could be cleaned up. Also, the page doesn't comply with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines in that the text does not have enough contrast and could easily be adjusted.
- The User Login and Dashboard is just a headache, with a lengthy registration process and unclear explanations for what is required. Once a user manages to get a login un and pw there are three different options for logging in and after logging in there are too many clicks to get to the case search screen.
In addition, Preservica will also cover how they:
• Manage and safeguard institutional content and other legal resources.
• Enable you to easily upload and ingest new content into Preservica.
• Ensure permanent access to vital legal information through online publication.
You can register here for the webinar.
Saturday, 9 November 2019
"Internet freedom is increasingly imperiled by the tools and tactics of digital authoritarianism, which have spread rapidly around the globe. Repressive regimes, elected incumbents with authoritarian ambitions, and unscrupulous partisan operatives have exploited the unregulated spaces of social media platforms, converting them into instruments for political distortion and societal control. While social media have at times served as a level playing field for civic discussion, they are now tilting dangerously toward illiberalism, exposing citizens to an unprecedented crackdown on their fundamental freedoms. Moreover, a startling variety of governments are deploying advanced tools to identify and monitor users on an immense scale. As a result of these trends, global internet freedom declined for the ninth consecutive year in 2019."
Friday, 8 November 2019
Hat tip: Pat Roncevich
Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
"HeinOnline’s present citation-measurement system has three principal problems: (1) it is biased against interdisciplinary legal scholarship; (2) it omits all book manuscripts and chapters; and (3) it systematically undervalues the academic contributions of junior scholars, which would inhibit law schools from recruiting diverse faculties."They add that "For instance, Google Scholar’s database of citations includes nearly all academic publications, including books. It can also be tailored in different ways, such as giving more weight to recent publications. While Google Scholar currently contains some attribution errors, so does HeinOnline, and data scientists are already developing ways to clean and harvest more accurate citation data from Google Scholar."
Friday, 18 October 2019
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
From online course materials to documents and presentations, we all share some responsibility when it comes to creating accessible content. This session provides a brief introduction to designing for accessibility: the importance of accessible design and high-impact practices digital content creators can apply to create documents, images, audio, video, and web content accessible to users of all abilities.You can find out more and register at the NASIG website.
Webinar participants will:
Discover the importance of accessible design
Explore common accessibility challenges and solutions
Identify resources for creating accessible content.