Creative Commons Tips for Special Librarians

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 217

Creative Thinking

Like so many of us, Lucidea‘s Lauren Hays does a lot of presentations. Often these involve using images pulled from the internet. That means consideration must be given to image rights and ownership. Of course, we all know the pain and frustration of finding useful images for our slide decks and presentations. Lauren demystifies the process for one of the more common sources of these images in her latest blog entry: Creative Commons Tips for Special Librarians.

Legal Publishing: Open Access, Open Minds, Open Wallets

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 217

Great Gratitude!

Slaw’s Robert McKay writes, “I found it challenging recently to be asked if I have any further observations or opinions in relation to open access to the law book environment.” Luckily for us, he took some time to think it through and pen a very thought-provoking exploration of the question. Open access clearly has its place, but perhaps not as a means to get by doing legal research on the cheap. Spend some time digesting the very timely: Legal Publishing: Open Access, Open Minds, Open Wallets.

Back to the 90s?

Law Technology Daily Digest

Vol. 20, No. 217

With the news that Deloitte has bought UK-based law firm, Kemp Little, Richard Tromans wonders if we’ve time warped back to the 1990s? Richard lays out three possible scenarios and writes, “Right now there is just one acquisition of one mid-size UK law firm… but, the thought of what this move might become and snowball into is tantalising to say the least.” Be tantalized and read more at Artificial Lawyer: 1990s Once Again? The Deloitte Law Firm MA Deal

Pay me now or PAY me more later?

Law Technology Daily Digest

Vol. 20, No. 217

For home computers I sorta get it. For enterprise organizations, I do not. A friend of my wife’s family runs a big mortgage company and was quite pleased with the fact that he hadn’t spent money on upgrading their computer systems. He’s not alone. “According to NetMarketShare, Windows 7 saw a drop from 22.77% to 20.41% last month. The report shows that 20.41% of desktops still use Windows 7. Even worse, some are still using Windows XP, according to the report.” Good luck people. Something tells me you’re going to end up spending a lot more then it would have cost to do a timely upgrade. Read more at BLEEPING COMPUTER: Windows 7 won’t die, still second most popular operating system

What would you buy?

Law Technology Daily Digest

Vol. 20, No. 217

It’s not every day that an account goes from $957,000,000 to $1.38. But one bitcoin wallet (1HQ3Go3ggs8pFnXuHVHRytPCq5fGG8Hbhx to be precise) did just that. “Was it the owner themselves, or did someone crack this wallet?” is the question people are asking. As I wait for the election results, I find myself thinking what I would do if I cashed out $1 billion in cryptocurrency. What would you spend it on? Hmmmm the possibilities are nearly endless! Read more at BLEEPING COMPUTER: Someone just emptied out a $1 billion BitCoin wallet

Librarian Read Thyself

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 216

Looking Critically at Librarianship

Explaining the wide spectrum of capabilities and responsibilities an info pro has can be challenging. Last night, my personal trainer and I were chatting and he finally had a bell ring in recognition of what my job is. Info pros across the spectrum are boxed into a public image of our capabilities and that image is often misinformed, incomplete or just plain wrong. Librarian, Read Thyself highlights the dichotomy of views held about librarians and the critical view of a segment of the profession that warrants interest and potentially action.

What Info Pros Are Grateful For

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 9, No. 216

Great Gratitude!

Once in a while it is nice to slow down, breathe deeply and exhale with gratitude. What Info Pros Are Grateful For shares a spectrum of answers to three questions that inspire deep breaths and long exhales.

Public Enemy Number One

Law Technology Daily Digest

Vol. 20, No. 216

Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, MITRE, Bosch, IBM, NVIDIA, Airbus, Deep Instinct, Two Six Labs, the University of Toronto, Cardiff University, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Berryville Institute of Machine Learning are an interesting grouping of organizations. What they have produced is even more interesting: “a dictionary of techniques used to attack ML models.” The threats to machine learning and artificial intelligence are very real. But Charles Clancy put it in perspective, “There’s a truism in the power industry that the most dangerous adversaries to our electric grid are – squirrels. Keep that in mind – there are risks to AI, but it’s also extremely valuable.” But as ML and AI get more common, those squirrels may drop in the rankings. Read more at DARKReading: Microsoft and Others Catalog Threats to Machine Learning Systems

To err is human but to really foul things up requires a computer

Law Technology Daily Digest

Vol. 20, No. 216

As I mentioned to Victoria Hudgins, computer outages are a fact of life. Everyone experiences them. How you handle them and communicate to your customers is key. Are you doing what you must to be forgiven? Be sure to read more at Legaltech news: Legal Tech Clients Know Software Outages Happen, but Don’t Make It a Habit

The dangerous world of a man (person) who does not exist

Law Technology Daily Digest

Vol. 20, No. 216

Reading this post had me doing a major flashback to the opening of the TV series Knight Rider and the phrase, “A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist.” I’ve always thought that these new AI-generated people could be the end of the entertainment industry as we know it. As Kurt Cagle writes, “The models don’t age out of roles, don’t have bad hair days, or become prima donnas.” Will we end up with AI generated lawyers making virtual court appearances? Or… has it already happened!? Read more at Data Science Central: AI Generated Avatars Becoming Digital Influencers

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