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Pew Research “Finds Most Americans Support Right to Have Some Personal Info Removed From Online Searches

New Survey From Pew Research “Finds Most Americans Support Right to Have Some Personal Info Removed From Online Searches”

“From Pew Research:

Americans prefer to keep certain information about themselves outside the purview of online searches, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in June 2019. Given the option, 74% of U.S. adults say it is more important to be able to “keep things about themselves from being searchable online,” while 23% say it is more important to be able to “discover potentially useful information about others.”

The ability to keep personal information from being searchable online is at the crux of the debate around the “right to be forgotten” – a term that first gained attention in 2014 when the European Court of Justice ruled against the search engine giant Google in a high-profile privacy case.


An overwhelming majority of U.S. adults (85%) believe that all Americans should have the right to have potentially embarrassing photos and videos removed from public online search results. About two-thirds (67%) say this should be a right for all Americans when it comes to information about employment history or work records, and more than half (56%) say all Americans should have the right to have negative media coverage about themselves removed from public search results.


When it comes to data collected by law enforcement – like criminal records and mugshots – some groups are more likely than others to say they think the removal of such information from search results should be a right for all Americans. Men are more likely than women to say this (47% vs. 32%), as are black Americans (44%) when compared with white (39%) and Hispanic adults (33%).

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Posted on: February 18, 2020, 7:38 am Category: Uncategorized

New Library of Things software available for public library websites

New Library of Things software available for public library websites

Concord, MA. 2.5.20. Assabet Interactive announces the release of new software that enables patrons to reserve Library of Things objects from public library websites. The module delivers a professional-looking and organized display of a library’s collection to its website, employing easy methods for both patrons to review and request “things” and staff to manage the reservation and check-out/check-in process. Features include the delivery of a library’s terms and conditions document as part of the reservation process; the ability to assign a unique loan period to each object and establish buffers between loans for maintenance; a reporting function that captures critical statistics; and ILS library card validation against criteria established by the library.

Demos of the new software can be seen during the product launch at Booth 1744 at the PLA 2020 conference in Nashville from February 26–28. Thereafter, webinar demos may be scheduled through the Assabet Interactive website ( The module joins the company’s popular line of software for delivering services to a library’s patrons—an event calendar with registration, a room booking module, and a museum pass reservation system—with which it shares a common adminstration section.

About Assabet Interactive

Assabet Interactive provides state-of-the-art calendar, room booking, museum pass, and Library of Things software for public library websites—intuitive and easy-to-use for both patrons and library staff, with no limits on the number of users, amount of data held, and administration area log-in location. The software integrates easily with websites on any platform, helping to streamline the delivery of some of the library’s most important services.

Posted on: February 18, 2020, 6:23 am Category: Uncategorized

A Beginner’s Guide to Reddit: How to Get Started & Be Successful

A Beginner’s Guide to Reddit: How to Get Started & Be Successful

A Beginner’s Guide to Reddit: How to Get Started & Be Successful


Posted on: February 18, 2020, 6:15 am Category: Uncategorized

Patricia Martin’s 2020 Trend Forecast Report: Looking Ahead to a Year of Breakthroughs

2020 Trend Forecast Report: Looking Ahead to a Year of Breakthroughs

Trends 2020: Looking Ahead to A Year of Breakthroughs

Posted on: February 17, 2020, 7:33 am Category: Uncategorized

O’Reilly: The state of data quality in 2020

 The state of data quality in 2020

O’Reilly survey highlights the increasing attention organizations are giving to data quality and how AI both exacerbates and alleviates data quality issues.

“Key survey results:

  • The C-suite is engaged with data quality. CxOs, vice presidents, and directors account for 20% of all survey respondents. Data scientists and analysts, data engineers, and the people who manage them comprise 40% of the audience; developers and their managers, about 22%.
  • Data quality might get worse before it gets better. Comparatively few organizations have created dedicated data quality teams. Just 20% of organizations publish data provenance and data lineage. Most of those who don’t say they have no plans to start.
  • Adopting AI can help data quality. Almost half (48%) of respondents say they use data analysis, machine learning, or AI tools to address data quality issues. Those respondents are more likely to surface and address latent data quality problems. Can AI be a catalyst for improved data quality?
  • Organizations are dealing with multiple, simultaneous data quality issues. They have too many different data sources and too much inconsistent data. They don’t have the resources they need to clean up data quality problems. And that’s just the beginning.
  • The building blocks of data governance are often lacking within organizations. These include the basics, such as metadata creation and management, data provenance, data lineage, and other essentials.

The top-line good news is that people at all levels of the enterprise seem to be alert to the importance of data quality. The top-line bad news is that organizations aren’t doing enough to address their data quality issues. They’re making do with inadequate—or non-existent—controls, tools, and practices. They’re still struggling with the basics: tagging and labeling data, creating (and managing) metadata, managing unstructured data, etc.”

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Posted on: February 17, 2020, 6:50 am Category: Uncategorized

Americans still love libraries

Americans still love libraries

Libraries were the ‘most common cultural activity’ for many Americans last year.

“In happy news, a U.S. study found that more Americans went to visit libraries in 2019 than they did movie theatres, sporting events, concerts, amusement parks, or zoos. While all of these other attractions have their own merits, of course, it’s good to know that libraries are not shrivelling up in a digital age, when so much information and entertainment is available on our phones. From the report:

“The average 10.5 trips to the library U.S. adults report taking in 2019 exceeds their participation in eight other common leisure activities. Americans attend live music or theatrical events and visit national or historic parks roughly four times a year on average and visit museums and gambling casinos 2.5 times annually. Trips to amusement or theme parks (1.5) and zoos (.9) are the least common activities among this list.”

The study, conducted by Gallup this past December, found that women are twice as likely to go to a library as men, who gravitate more toward casinos, sporting events, and national parks. Also, it’s mostly adults between the ages of 18 and 29 who go to libraries. Perhaps this is because some are college students who rely on the library for resources and study space, but it could also be that many are becoming parents around this age (the average first-time mother is 26) and are looking for a way to get out of the house and entertain their child.

The discovery that libraries are still so popular shouldn’t come as a surprise. More towns have libraries than the other attractions mentioned above, but that accessibility is only part of their appeal. Libraries stand out for many other reasons, not least of all because they’re free at a time when everything else seems to have escalating entry fees.

They are mercifully geared toward young kids, with books, toys, décor, fish tanks, craft tables, coat hangers, accessible bathrooms, and so much more making parents feel welcome. These kid areas are usually separated from the adult areas, which mean that adults can enjoy a peaceful visit without disturbance.

I’m continually impressed by the range of items and services available at my local library. They can get any book I want to read (my family would never be able to afford our collective reading habit otherwise) and loan out board games, museum passes, fishing rods and tackle boxes and more. They host countless events, from visiting speakers to knitting groups to LEGO and homework clubs to kids’ film-making and robotics workshops to movie screenings on days when school’s out. The online resources continue to expand, including foreign language and professional development courses.

Libraries are a powerfully positive force in our society, and the more we support them, the more resilient they’ll be – and the happier and smarter we’ll get, too. So, keep going to the library! Forget Amazon and make the local library your go-to place for books.”



Posted on: February 17, 2020, 6:39 am Category: Uncategorized

Nearly 70% of US smart speaker owners use Amazon Echo devices

Nearly 70% of US smart speaker owners use Amazon Echo devices

Nearly 70% of US smart speaker owners use Amazon Echo devices

Posted on: February 17, 2020, 6:30 am Category: Uncategorized