Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to Launch April 18-19, 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) — which is intended to lead “the first concrete steps toward” making “the cultural and scientific record available to all” (please see here) — is scheduled to open with a series of “launch” events on April 18-19, 2013 at the Boston Public Library.

Please see:

With New Leader, Digital Public Library of America Prepares for Its Debut

Hat tip to ResourceShelf.com.

Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.

Possibly Out-Googling Google

The Chronicle of Higher Education’sThe Wired Campus” reports today on an interesting effort to Out-Google Google. See Librarians Want to Out-Google Google With a Better Search Engine.

Law School Laptop Bans

This week’s Chronicle of Higher Education has a front-page story Law Professors Rule Laptops Out of Order in Class which reports on new laptop use policies or procedures at the University of Chicago; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Michigan; Florida International; Georgetown; Harvard; and the University of Wisconsin.  Recently, in an editorial in the Stanford Daily, students themselves asked the university to “Consider limiting wireless access in class.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education piece discusses the pros and cons of various policies and also the technical difficulty of effecting a ban.  It quotes several law professors, including David Cole from Georgetown who offers this interesting observation:

Several weeks into one of his law classes last year, he asked the students what they thought of the ban, letting them respond anonymously. Roughly three-quarters of the students said they favored a no-laptop policy. And 95 percent said they had used their machines for purposes other than taking notes.