The Federal Courts Web Archive, launched by the LC Web Archiving Team and the Law Library of Congress, provides retrospective archival coverage of the websites of the federal judiciary. The websites in this archive include those of the Supreme Court, as well as federal appellate courts, trial courts, and other tribunals. The sites contain slip opinions, transcripts, dockets, court rules, calendars, announcements, judicial biographies, statistics, educational resources, and reference materials.
In Custodia Legis, Sept. 28
Miami University’s e-sports program, officially launched in the fall of 2016, recently moved into a new home—a state-of-the-art e-sports arena on King Library’s first floor—in partnership with the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies and Miami’s IT services. The arena is one of the first e-sports facilities at any university library in the US. The arena features 16 gaming stations, each with high-end graphics cards and monitors. Two large-screen televisions are available for viewing games in progress or reviewing previous games.
Miami University, Sept. 28
The one clear takeaway from the 2017 Futures Conference, held September 25–26 in Atlantic City by the New Jersey State Library and its partners, is that the future will be here faster than ever before. Advances in technology will continue to accelerate at a pace not imagined just 10 years ago. The Futures Conference examined how libraries, corporations, society, and individuals must adapt to change and accept this rapid evolution for whatever positives or negatives it may bring.
New Jersey State Library, Sept. 28
OCLC has published the second report in its Realities of Research Data Management (RDM) series that looks at the content, influences, and choices research universities face in building RDM capacity. Part Two: Scoping the University RDM Service Bundle explores the nature of the RDM capacity acquired by four research universities, highlighting factors that shaped the contours of this capacity, and providing 13 key takeaways that provide useful starting points for institutions.
OCLC, Sept. 28
Libraries in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere are still reeling from devastating hurricanes that have blasted the region over the last month. Now librarians around the country are working to assist in recovery efforts and connect patrons—particularly those of Hispanic and Latin heritage—with support groups, aid organizations, and other resources. ALA President-Elect Loida Garcia-Febo said the disaster in Puerto Rico is personal: Her family is still on the island and dealing with the lack of power, water, services, and internet access.
AL: The Scoop, Sept. 29
Gail Becker, supervisor of library media for the Wichita (Kans.) school district, said George, a novel about a transgender youngster by Alex Gino, contains language inappropriate for young children. She decided earlier this year that the book would not be included in a set of William Allen White Award–nominated books supplied to Wichita elementary schools. Individual libraries can purchase the book. Gino plans to donate a copy of George to each elementary and K–8 school library in Wichita.
Wichita (Kans.) Eagle, Sept. 27
Brad Chacos writes: “The best free PC software programs aren’t about the cost, they’re about a fresh opportunity to put the dumb hardware in your computer to smart use. Stocking your PC is an intensely personal task. Even so, some programs are so helpful, so handy, so useful across the board that we recommend them to everyone. These free programs—a mix of must-haves and delightful auxiliary apps—have earned a place on almost any computer.”
PC World, Sept. 29
Book challenges are a timely issue, but not a new one. This ALA Bulletin article from 1940 reminds us that books have always been banned: “Homer’s Odyssey was once banned in Rome, because ‘it expressed Greek ideals of freedom dangerous to autocratic Rome.’” Other notable books that have been banned throughout history include Dante’s The Divine Comedy, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (“for its satire”), and the Bible’s Book of Ruth.
JSTOR Daily, Sept. 25
Tim Coates writes: “When I first became involved in public libraries, 20 years ago, about 325 million books were loaned to adults by libraries in England each year. This year that figure is likely to be around 90 million. By any measure that is an astonishing fall. By allowing that to happen, we will soon have no public library service. Yet when I search the dozens of reports of different committees, there is rarely any serious expression of concern about falling use and certainly no effective remedy has ever been offered.”
The Bookseller (UK), Sept. 13
Chris Hoffman writes: “It’s happened to most of us. You delete a file, and then realize you need it back. This guide explains when you can get that file back and how to go about it. We’ve covered a variety of tools for recovering deleted files in the past, but this guide goes more in-depth. We’ll cover everything you need to know if you want to successfully recover deleted files. First, if you’re not sure whether you permanently deleted a file, be sure to look around for it.”
How-To Geek, Sept. 28
A new report by British innovation foundation Nesta and the Oxford Martin School tries to establish how technological changes will affect skill requirements by 2030. The research team identified occupations that will be automated away (drivers and administrators) and those that are likely to grow in the face of technology’s encroachment (teachers and nurses). The report suggests that creativity, adaptability, and judgment will be more important than subject-specific knowledge or the ability to use a nail gun.
MIT Technology Review: The Download, Sept. 28
Each January, the Beacon Society issues an annual Beacon Award, which recognizes a project that successfully introduced young people to the Sherlock Holmes stories. Since 2004, the Beacon Society has bestowed Beacon Awards on 13 programs, which focused on elementary, middle and high school students, libraries, and study guides. Any person, society, or other organization is eligible to win.The application deadline is November 15.
The Beacon Society