Keeping public information public: an introduction to federal records laws (Distrct Dispatch)

District Dispatch: Keeping public information public: an introduction to federal records laws. “The federal government generates an almost unimaginable quantity of information, such as medical research, veterans’ service records, regulations and policy documents, and safety inspection records, to name just a few examples. For decades, ALA has advocated for policies that ensure government information is appropriately managed, preserved and made available to the public, including through libraries. Federal records laws play important roles in those processes. This series will introduce those laws and highlight two current issues that impact public access to government information: the management of information on federal websites and the preservation and destruction of government information.”

Library of Congress: Select National Film Registry Titles Now Available Free Online

Library of Congress: Select National Film Registry Titles Now Available Free Online . “The Library of Congress is offering film lovers a special gift during the holiday season. Sixty-four motion pictures, named to the Library’s National Film Registry, are now available online on the Library’s website. The collection, ‘Selections from the National Film Registry,’ is also available to the public on YouTube. These films are among hundreds of titles that have been tapped for preservation because of their cultural, historical and aesthetic significance. “

ABC News: Ethiopia faces social media blackout after new ethnic unrest

ABC News: Ethiopia faces social media blackout after new ethnic unrest. “Ethiopia faces a social media blackout as clashes intensify between ethnic groups in various parts of the country. Facebook and Twitter are down Tuesday after reports emerged of killings on Monday by security forces in the Oromia region.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Athens-Clarke County Library announces Image Magazine digitization project funded by Digital Library of Georgia grant

Digital Library of Georgia: Athens-Clarke County Library announces Image Magazine digitization project funded by Digital Library of Georgia grant. “Image Magazine, one of the area’s first African American lifestyle magazines, has been… digitized thanks to a $5,000 grant awarded to The Athens-Clarke County by the Digital Library of Georgia. Image Magazine was published by Dr. Robert Harrison from 1977 through 1980, and it covered the social life of the local African American community. “

New York Times: Net Neutrality’s Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S.

New York Times: Net Neutrality’s Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S.. “The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on Thursday to roll back the net neutrality rules in the United States. While the European Union has such rules in place, telecom providers have pushed the boundaries at times in Sweden, Germany, Portugal and elsewhere, offering a glimpse at the future American companies and consumers may face if protections are watered down.”

The Namibian: Old laws still mistakenly used – Shivute

The Namibian: Old laws still mistakenly used – Shivute. “OUTDATED laws which no longer apply in Namibia are still being referenced in cases because an official database of laws does not exist, Chief Justice Peter Shivute said at the Legal Assistance Centre’s launch of the Namlex update 2017 yesterday. The Namlex database is available for free on the LAC website. It is also available to institutions such as parliament.”