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Looking for census data?

Census data can be tough to navigate through, but we've got a great new research guide to finding important census data: http://library.laguardia.edu/webguide/census/

It can be found under Find a research guide by topic, and on the database listings for New York City and Statistics. It also links to our two New York research guides, so you can conveniently connect to all three. The census research guide includes some great customized instructional videos for American Factfinder and Infoshare as well. Make sure to check this useful guide out!

CUNY+ Catalog is back!

The CUNY+ catalog is back online! YAY!

CUNY Library catalog unavailable due to system maintenance Friday, Jan. 20-Sunday, Jan. 22

We are very sorry but the CUNY+ catalog will not be available from January 20-January 22 due to server maintenance. You cannot renew books or request books from other CUNY schools while the catalog is unavailable. We expect service to be restored by approximately 12:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 22, 2012.

If you wish to see if we have a book, please try the search box found on this page: http://library.laguardia.edu/research/cunyplus.

SOPA and Internet Censorship

The planned January 18, 2012 web blackout/strike in protest of SOPA includes a number of sites online users visit daily including: Wikipedia, Reddit, Wordpress, Boing Boing, and lots of Twitter/Facebook users.

An in-person protest on January 18 at 12:30 pm [780 Third Ave (at 49th street) — outside the offices of New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, sponsors of Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA)] is planned: http://isoc-ny.org/p2/?p=2812. The White House has issued a statement that it does not support this controversial legislation.

Colbert’s take on SOPA:

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Library will be closed on Mon. Jan. 16 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2012 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. No classes are scheduled. Regular library hours resume on Tues. 1/17.

There are a number of great documentaries and newsreels available to be viewed in full via the America History in Video database, such as Citizen King (PBS, 2004)

More videos are available on this MLK playlist. You can generate clips from any of the videos found in this database.

Panda vs. content farms

According to a study mentioned in New Scientist, Google's Panda update has been notably successful in reducing low-quality results from content farms, for popular searches anyway. Term paper mills still seem to come up though.

Virginia Woolf and James Joyce in the Public Domain (but not if you live in the U.S.)

January 1 is Public Domain Day, where "due to the expiration of copyright protection terms on works produced by authors who died several decades earlier, thousands of works enter the public domain - that is, their content is no longer owned or controlled by anyone, but it rather becomes a common treasure, available for anyone to freely use for any purpose." Unfortunately, here in the U.S. we do not benefit from this. Duke University School of Law provides a good overview and analysis:

"What is entering the public domain in the United States? Nothing. Once again, we will have nothing to celebrate this January 1st. Not a single published work is entering the public domain this year. Or next year, or the year after that. In fact, in the United States, no publication will enter the public domain until 2019. And wherever in the world you live, you will likely have to wait a very long time for anything to reach the public domain. When the first copyright law was written in the United States, copyright lasted 14 years, renewable for another 14 years if the author wished. Jefferson or Madison could look at the books written by their contemporaries and confidently expect them to be in the public domain within a decade or two. Now? In the United States, as in most of the world, copyright lasts for the author’s lifetime, plus another 70 years. And we’ve changed the law so that every creative work is automatically copyrighted, even if the author does nothing. What do these laws mean to you? As you can read in our analysis here, they impose great (and in many cases entirely unnecessary) costs on creativity, on libraries and archives, on education and on scholarship. More broadly, they impose costs on our entire collective culture."