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March Link Roundup

Updated reminder from Rita Young re: the WPLLA cruise!
ResearchGate Granted U.S. Patent 10,282,424: “Linking Documents Using Citations” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted U.S. Patent 10,282,424 “Linking Documents Using Citations” to ResearchGate. As the abstract states, “[a]spects of the present disclosure relate to linking documents using citations.” For a visual representation of the patent and the way the technology will access and link citations, please see the original blog post on InfoDocket.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Historical Overview, Funding, and Reauthorization beSpacific links to a recent CRS report, The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Historical Overview, Funding, and Reauthorization, April 23, 2019. The report review both the original legislation as well as the reauthorization act signed in 2013, and identified some of the main programs assisted by the act (which “. . . address domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking—crimes for which the risk of victimization is highest for women).”
The Sustainable History Monograph Pilot Per John Sherer of the Longleaf Services, Inc. blog, “[t]he Sustainable History Monograph Pilot (SHMP) is a Mellon-funded initiative to publish open digital editions of high-quality books from university presses in the field of history.” Check out the FAQ on the blog post for more info!
A lovely thank you from Rita Young for the wonderful Gateway Cruise experience with friends and family!
Casetext SmartCite Taking on Shepard’s, KeyCite, and BCite – Innovation With a Chance of Disruption Jean O’Grady of Dewey B Strategic presents a convincing argument that Casetext’s SmartCite is “. . . poised to disrupt the legal research market.” Tracing the Shepard’s citation system back to 1873, and KeyCite back to 1997, O’Grady discusses the difficulty in creating an accurate citation system and the innovative qualities of SmartCite.
Cindy Cicco invited WPLLA members to the ALCTS E-Forum on Changing Ideas, Roles, and Organizational Structures in Collection and Technical Services. Though the forum took place on 05/21-05/22/2019, contact the ALA for more info.
Chris Todd invited WPLLA members to volunteer at the 34th annual NASIG conference 06/05-06/08/2019, right here in Pittsburgh! More info at:
https://www.nasig.org/site_page.cfm?pk_association_webpage_menu=700
and https://nasig2019.sched.com/.
The Digital Public Library of America has re-released the Mueller Report as a well-formatted ebook instead of a crappy PDF Pretty self-explanatory! But click through the link to find out how to acquire the full (though redacted) report.
SECRETS OF THE SERIAL SET: THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION In an announcement forwarded by Joel Fishman, “HeinOnline is pleased to introduce Secrets of the Serial Set, a series of monthly blog posts dedicated to unveiling the wealth of American history found in the United States Congressional Serial Set.”
Donna Kielar is on the hunt for A Practical Guide to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (Law Journal Press) – please reach out if you have a copy or know where she can get her hands on one!