Saturday, November 16, 2013

Google's New Transparency Report

Last Thursday Google released the latest of its semi-annual Transparency Reports. The Report, covering the first half of 2013, provides an overview of the requests Google received from governments, including the United States government, for personal data gathered from the online activities of its users. The latest Transparency Report shows not only an increase in government requests over the previous six-month period, but also a rise in the number of requests rejected by Google.

An interesting overview of the report by the Associated Press is available here at the ABC News website. See my earlier post on the recent transparency report by Yahoo and ongoing data disclosure litigation.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Google Books Decision Is Out

The Google Books decision has been rendered in favor of Google.

"Judge Denny Chin, formerly of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, dismissed the author advocacy group’s 8-year-old copyright lawsuit against Google on Thursday. Google’s Books project is protected by U.S. fair use doctrine, Chin ruled."

Read more here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Exam Study - Library Extended Hours

Starting Monday, November 18, I'll have some extra prowling time. The Library will be open extended hours so that you late night owls have a place to study. Our Exam hours are:

Monday, November 18 – Tuesday, December 17 
Monday-Friday                   8:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday            10:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.

Wednesday, November 27   8:00 A.M.  -  6:00 P.M.**
Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving)           CLOSED**
Friday, November 29                                       CLOSED** 
Tuesday, December 17         8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
 Wed., Nov. 27, 6:00 P.M.–Sat., Nov. 30, 10:00A.M. 

Exam Period Hours resume November 30, 10A.M.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, November 11, 2013


UNdata brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point.   Users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system.

UNdata pools  major UN databases and those of several international into one single internet environment. The innovative design allows a user to access a large number of UN databases either by browsing the data series or through a keyword search.

The design is clean and easy to understand.   If you are looking for data and statistics worldwide this is a good place to start.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Online Resources: eDiscovery Resource Center (BNA)

If you are looking for a source that will provide information on emerging digital discovery and electronic evidence laws, decisions, and rules of court, try the eDiscovery Resource Center.  It also provides news coverage, research tools, and comprehensive primary source information on ediscovery issues.  Dates of coverage vary according to the contents of the individual database.

To access  eDiscovery Resource Center (BNA):

  • Go to the Library's home page, click "Online Resources"
  • Click the "Litigation/Advocacy" link
  • Scroll down to " eDiscovery Resource Center (BNA)"

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat