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National Broadband Plan must lead to universal, affordable access, says ALA

(wo.ala.org): There are great opportunities proposed in the National Broadband Plan and still much important public debate facing the American public on these critical broadband issues. As the plan moves forward, it must lead to digital inclusion - not exclusion. Since libraries serve a critical role in today's information society, ALA will be active in this important policy-making. The plan captures the need for universal affordable broadband access to individuals at home through libraries and other anchor institutions as well as for local governments and all levels of education institutions.
   
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Internet history - should it be archived?

(government.zdnet.com): Among the many arguments for copyright and anti-counterfeiting law (ACTA) and piracy treaties, another debate has been slowly making its way to the surface that government will have to decide upon as policy. Should the 'history' of the internet be preserved? Spearheading this initiative are several organizations, among them the National Library of Wales in the United Kingdom. The Internet is a fast changing content space. News organizations archive stories for future reference (including ZDNet) and thus the integrity of the stories is maintained. But will they be archived for use forever?
   
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300,000 members on ResearchGATE

(researchgate.net): ResearchGATE announces the 300,000th researcher to its scientific network. The 300,000th User is a researcher from China conducting research in Cancer Biology. As ResearchGATE continues to evolve, it looks forward to innovating science and growing this community together.
   
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Scholar Reveals Peer Review as Potemkin Credential

(lonestartimes.com): The peer review process has been the crutch of invincibility relied upon by researchers, grant writers and carbon trading shysters for years now. Berkowitz exposes the sham that is peer review in the academy and why it could not withstand the scrutiny of sustained challenges by professionals and an informed public alike. The notion of objective truth has been abandoned and the peer review process gives scholars ample opportunity to reward friends and punish enemies.
   
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Geek the Library week

(worldcat.org): Geek the Library Week is designed as a celebration, but it also highlights the Geek the Library message about the challenging funding issues many U.S. public libraries face. From California to Massachusetts, countless libraries are struggling with difficult budget decisions. If there was ever a time to speak out in support of public libraries, the time is now.
   
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