Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Tax Libraries: The Ways We Talk About Our Past

I listened to a presentation today that reflected so many of my experiences in childhood ... as J shared a room with his sisters and used his parents wardrobe to store his clothes. Make no mistake he also is a fast eater as coming from a family of seven he had to eat faster than all the others at the table. My better half Malchkeon also is concerned when I have to share food with her in tapas or places where you place food in the middle to share such as pizza ;-) My Mamka used to tell me " I rather clothe you than feed you." I rarely damaged my shoes unlike my sisters Eva, Gitka, Lidka or Aga even my brother Vladimir (not Putin) was not a wrecker of shoes .... Still no one ate as fast as my Tato as he came from a family of soccer eleven!
Interestingly, my folkloric teacher Chamilova always instructed us to keep our back straight ...

Other aspects of the morning corporate reflections reminded me of Peter Varghese: reflections on a most fortunate public life....

Government confusion over Brexit means our world class civil service is going to waste Prospect. Another example of wistful thinking, based on the past rather than reflective of present realities — sadly, Britain’s civil service isn’t what it used to be, either in size or competence.
Former DFAT secretary Peter Varghese shared his reflections on more than 38 years as a public servant and offered advice to the next generation of public service leaders.

It has been 20 years since the historian Annette Gordon-Reed published “Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy,” a book that successfully challenged the prevailing perceptions of both figures. In a piece for The New York Times Book Review, submitted just before the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., Gordon-Reed reflects on the complexities that endure in our understanding of Hemings and the language we use to characterize her

Billions: Our new TV antiheroes are just like us: they don’t want to fall out of the middle class

Rachel Stewart: Men in suits scariest gang of all - NZ Herald

Where do all those books come from in restaurant libraries?

Last week, the House Republicans posted “What Do the The Legend of Zelda and the American Tax Code Have In Common?”
Sadly, by the time I read about it on Twitter, the post had been taken down.
Why did the post come down? Probably because it was instantly and ruthlessly scorned, mostly because it claimed Nintendo had been founded in 1985 (it was founded in 1889). It has now been reposted with the dates corrected.
Unfortunately, the GOP didn’t correct the bigger flaw in the post: it promised something awesome and failed to deliver. See, what do Zelda an the Internal Revenue Code have in common? Zelda was released in 1986 and the last fundamental tax reform happened in 1986. Continue reading

Report: 2016 Governmentwide Management Report
Infographic: Building an Engaging Workplace
Summary: Understanding and Using Engagement Drivers
Report: The Keys to Unlocking Engagement
Office of Personnel Management, Office Of Personnel Management 2017 SES Exit Report, July 2017.

14th librarian of Congress is the first African American and first woman to hold the position” 
via Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart – A Washington Post opinions podcast

ThomsonReuters White Paper – Taking a Closer Look at the Changing Role of Today’s Law Librarians – Study indicates substantial change to the demands of the role and a shift in responsibilities

Via – Assistant Professor of Law and Reference Librarian Brandon Adler’s pathfinder succinctly and instructively communicates how your law library can encourage seniors from local high schools to attend a programming activity in the law library to learn about the opportunities of pursuing a J.D. program

“The legal profession has undergone nearly a decade of fundamental change, and perhaps no single role has seen greater impact than the law firm librarian. Budget pressures, shrinking law library footprints, a decreasing reliance on print, a greater push for online resources, and the advent of new job responsibilities are just a few of the factors that have combined to push law librarians into new territory.

British Library Digital Scholarship Blog: “With the support of a Research Data Strategy since 2010, the Library has been active in services for research data for a number of years. This work has included European-funded projects such as ODEODINand THOR; Providing the DataCite UKservice and involvement in other activities such as data discovery andunlocking thesis data. Since 2010 a lot has changed. Due to activities like DataCite or the FAIR Data Principles, data are now considered a first class research output. This has led to more researchers and organisations sharing their data and getting credit for it. As data become more widely available and better integrated into research workflows, services around data are key to the way the British Library needs to support research and business. This is already recognised in Living Knowledge, with data a priority to achieving the Library’s Research Purpose. With this changing landscape, we have re-evaluated our research data strategy in order to move forward with new services for research data. n the new Research Data Strategy, some things remain the same. We take a very broad definition of ‘research data’, based on the Open Data Concordat. We still exclude day-to-day management and administrative data. But some activities that the Library had previously excluded will now be considered as we move forward. Our vision for the British Library is that research data are as integrated into our collections, research and services as text is today. The British Library’s users will be able to consume research data online through tools that enable it to be analysed, visualised and understood by non-specialists. Research data will be integrated into our collections and shared storage hubs and we will deliver data from trusted external hosts. All will be easy to discover and linked to related research outputs, be they text, data or multimedia…

  • The strategy is structured around 4 central themes for the activities we will be taking forward. These themes and rough outlines of their content are given below.Data Management; Data Creation; Data Archiving and Preservation; Data Access, Discovery and Reuse..”

Bureau of Justice Statistics Arrest Data  Analysis Tool: “This dynamic data analysis tool allows you to generate tables and figures of arrest data from 1980 onward. You can view national arrest estimates, customized either by age and sex or by age group and race, for many offenses. This tool also enables you to view data on local arrests. Select National Estimatesor Agency-Level Counts from the menu above. Use the Annual Tables to view tables of arrest data broken down by sex, race, age, or juvenile and adult age groups. Select Trend Tables by Sex or Trend Tables by Race to create customized tables of long-term trends. In National Estimates, you can also view figures of long-term trends by sex or by race and age-arrest curves for many offenses. The underlying data are from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. BJS has expanded on the FBI’s estimates to provide national arrest estimates detailed by offense, sex, age, and race. The Methodology tab describes estimation procedures and the limitations of the arrest data. The Terms & Definitions tab explains the meaning or use of terms, including the FBI’s offense definitions. You can download output to Excel format. This User’s Guide provides everything you need to get started.”

Hey Ivan, the 'big boys' may have got it right |

Through Glencore's long march to existential crisis in 2014 and 2015, chief executive Ivan Glasenberg consistently lampooned his peer group in global mining for screwing up the mining boom.