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About James Kelly

James Kelly, former Reference Librarian for the New York Law Institute. He served six years as Access Services Research Librarian/Lecturer-in-Law at Vanderbilt Law School Library after two years as Law Reference Librarian/Assistant Professor of Library Administration at Jenner Law Library, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois. Jim also practiced law for several years before moving into librarianship. Jim received his J.D., cum laude, from University of Louisville and his M.S.L.I.S. from the University of Kentucky.

Why 40-Year-Old Tech Is Still Running America’s Air Traffic Control

Wired recently took a look at a potentially scary prospect. At any given time, around 7,000 aircraft are flying over the United States. For the past 40 years, the same computer system, a 1970’s system called Host, has controlled all that high-altitude traffic. The Host system predates the advent of the Global Positioning System. […]

By |March 12th, 2015|News from the Field|Comments Off on Why 40-Year-Old Tech Is Still Running America’s Air Traffic Control

Google’s Project Loon: An Update

Previously on this blog, we published an article about Google’s Project Loon, a project to use balloons to bring Internet access to less accessible parts of the world. MIT Technology Review recently published an extensive look at Project Loon and its progress. Google says these balloons can deliver widespread economic and social benefits […]

By |March 11th, 2015|News from the Field|Comments Off on Google’s Project Loon: An Update

Introducing the Federal Web Archiving Working Group

The Library of Congress recently posted an article about efforts to preserve “government publications” in the form of websites. The U.S. federal government puts out information on .gov, .mil, .com, and other domains. Managers and staff of three federal agencies – the Government Publishing Office, the National Archives and Records Administration and the […]

By |March 10th, 2015|News from the Field|Comments Off on Introducing the Federal Web Archiving Working Group

Defining the Digital Currency Professional

TechCrunch recently posted an article written by David Berger, the CEO of the Digital Currency Council (DCC), an association of lawyers, accountants, and financial professionals in the bitcoin economy that provides training and certification. The article says that the growing digital currency economy demands a new knowledge set, and a means of developing […]

By |March 9th, 2015|News from the Field|Comments Off on Defining the Digital Currency Professional

The Waldorf Astoria Is Putting Its Archives Online

Atlas Obscura recently posted about an amazing discovery. During renovations to the famous Waldorf Astoria in the 1990s, the forgotten archives of the hotel were found hidden in the walls between the club and the salon. New York’s Waldorf Astoria has long been recognized as one of the world’s most renowned luxury hotels. […]

By |March 5th, 2015|News from the Field|Comments Off on The Waldorf Astoria Is Putting Its Archives Online

Timeline, an App that Provides Context for News Stories

TechCrunch recently posted an article about Timeline, a new app that provides context for news stories. The app was developed by Axiom Zen, an incubator and consulting firm. Axiom Zen’s Head of Marketing and Growth Spencer Chen says that “The news that we read today is only the tail-end of many important events in […]

By |March 4th, 2015|News from the Field|Comments Off on Timeline, an App that Provides Context for News Stories

NASA’s Public Access Plan

NASA recently announced its policy plan for ensuring public access to articles and data resulting from the approximately $3 billion it invests annually in basic and applied research. Such public access is required under a White House directive from February 2013. NASA has provided a detailed timeline for the final policy to be […]

By |March 3rd, 2015|News from the Field|Comments Off on NASA’s Public Access Plan

Soaring Use of Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons has recently issued a report documenting usage patterns of its licenses. The number of works using CC licenses has soared since the licenses were introduced in 2003. According to the report entitled “The State of the Commons,” the licenses were used on an estimated 50 million works in 2006 and on 400 […]

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IRS Launches Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers

As we are in the midst of tax season, the Internal Revenue Service recently launched a new, online public directory of tax return preparers. This searchable directory, available on IRS.gov, helps taxpayers find a tax professional with credentials and select qualifications to help them prepare their tax returns. The directory allows for sorting by […]

By |February 26th, 2015|News from the Field|Comments Off on IRS Launches Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers

Twitter Can Predict Rates of Coronary Heart Disease

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have shown that Twitter can serve as an indicator of a community’s psychological well-being and can predict rates of heart disease. Previous studies have identified many factors that contribute to the risk of heart disease: traditional ones, like low income or smoking, but also psychological ones like […]

By |February 25th, 2015|News from the Field|Comments Off on Twitter Can Predict Rates of Coronary Heart Disease