You’re a lawyer searching for a needle in a research haystack to stitch up your case. But sifting through thousands of legal journals, case files and other research documents to find that insight can be the
equivalent of a life sentence. Enter Watson, a prodigious
new legal assistant that can analyze the legal haystack, learn what’s
important to a given case and find the missing thread. A process that
could very will take a lifetime to complete, Watson does in a matter of
seconds. Catch up on Watson’s work to transform
legal research in the Atlantic→
Today, the American Library Association joined nine fellow founding national groups from both the private and public sectors to unveil Re:Create, a new copyright coalition formed to articulate and fight for the perspectives and rights of library users, educators, innovators and creators of every kind. Librarians know that copyright has a broad purpose—to advance learning and creativity for all people—but, too often, policy and law makers focus on the needs and interests of entertainment companies and other industry players who are determined to preserve old business models through enforcement rather than by innovating in the new economy. An important purpose of Re:Create is to ensure that the copyright debate respects and reflects the full range of legitimate views and needs of every part of our economy and society.
Today America, libraries and the people who come to us for assistance have cause for renewed optimism. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act recognizes that libraries are often the first places Americans seek when they need job training or job search assistance. We’re proud of what libraries have accomplished with meager resources over the last several years. Now, with the support of this legislation, we look forward to a brighter future for the American workforce libraries have served for more than a century.
“What a great concept and way to give back to my community. If you look at the LFL world map there is only one library in our entire region. You can certainly see a void for hundreds of miles in every direction. My dad always tells me to try and leave a legacy and that’s what I hope to do with this project. My goal isn’t to just build one LFL but to start a movement in the Valley with LFLs in our region.”
The prize was judged by Riverhead authors and voted on by the public. Read more of his winning entry here.