Library Chatbots in the US

„Thank you for your question to the Law Library of Congress, specifically regarding whether we are aware of other library chatbots like the one located on our Facebook page.

The Law Library of Congress has not collected the information you seek. However, based on a non-exhaustive review of a few of our article databases (focusing on articles published in the last four years), there are at least a few chatbot-type programs currently in use by other U.S. libraries, educational institutions, and governmental agencies, including:

ANTswers, University of California-Irvine Libraries – (more info:
Pixel, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries – (more info:
Tommy Bot, University of Southern California –
Emma, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – (more info:

To find more resources regarding chatbot use in libraries, educational institutions, and governmental agencies, we suggest searching article databases in library and information science (a sample list of the databases the Library of Congress subscribes to can be found here:, computer science (sample list of databases:, arts and humanities (sample list of databases:, and/or social sciences (sample list of databases: for keywords of your choosing.

We hope you find this information to be helpful, and wish you luck with your research.

Public Services Division
Law Library of Congress
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Make reviews public, says peer review expert

Irene Hames: I don’t think that saying something is ‘peer reviewed’ can any longer be considered a badge of quality or rigour. The quality of peer review varies enormously, ranging from excellent through poor/inadequate to non-existent. But if reviewers’ reports were routinely published alongside articles – ideally with the authors’ responses and editorial decision correspondence – this would provide not only information on the standards of peer review and editorial handling, but also insight into why the decision to publish has been made, the strengths and weaknesses of the work, whether readers should bear reservations in mind, and so on.

How U of Toronto Press treats its authors

LIBLICENSE-L has an interesting discussion on the „Journal of Scholarly Publishing – October 2017“ Toll Access issue about Open Access. Excerpts:

„Journal of Scholarly Publishing
Vol. 49, No. 1, October 2017
JSP Online:

Special Issue on Open Access

Marguerite Avery, Alex Holzman, Robert Brown

The co-editors of the Journal of Scholarly Publishing introduce the second special issue of their tenure. This issue on open access publishing was undertaken with the assistance of guest co-editor Marguerite Avery.“

„I have always loved the irony of a work devoted to open access, be it a special issue of a journal, or an anthology, that is locked behind pay walls.“ (Jean-Claude Guédon)

„I thought this was a JSP issue that was supposed to be open. At least, that was the claim back when the call for papers was issued and people asked that question. Guess I was mistaken.“ (Claudia Holland)

„I think Claudia Holland is right.

On March 15, 2017, Laura Groenhuijzen and I asked, “Could you please confirm that the 12 month embargo period will be waived for this issue, and no publication fee will be charged?”

The next day their response was, “Yes, you are correct in believing that the embargo period is waived for the special issue and that we charge no article-processing fee for publication.”“ (Leo Waaijers)

„It appears that the authors can make their papers Green OA immediately, rather than the usual 12 month embargo, but that’s it:“ (David Groenewegen)

Codex Quetzalecatzin online

„The Library of Congress has acquired the Codex Quetzalecatzin, one of the very few Mesoamerican manuscripts to survive from the 16th century. After being in private collections for more than 100 years, the codex has been digitally preserved and made available online for the first time to the general public at“ (LoC)

1921 Canadian Census is Now Available Free

„In 2013, Ancestry digitized the Canadian 1921 census and until last month it was available only through Ancestry. Per their agreement with Library and Archives Canada, the 1921 census is now available free at the Library and Archives Canada.“

Hewlett-Packard historical archives destroyed in Santa Rosa fires

„The Tubbs fire consumed the collected archives of William Hewlett and David Packard, the tech pioneers who in 1938 formed an electronics company in a Palo Alto garage with $538 in cash.

More than 100 boxes of the two men’s writings, correspondence, speeches and other items were contained in one of two modular buildings that burned to the ground at the Fountaingrove headquarters of Keysight Technologies.“


Boston Public Library’s Sound Archives Coming to the Internet Archive

Boston Public Library Sound Archive

„Today, the Boston Public Library announced the transfer of significant holdings from its Sound Archives Collection to the Internet Archive, which will digitize, preserve and make these recordings accessible to the public.“

via Internet Archive Blogs

Fair Open Access

„In March 2017 a group of researchers and librarians interested in journal reform formalized the Fair Open Access Principles. The basic principles are:

The journal has a transparent ownership structure, and is controlled by and responsive to the scholarly community.
Authors of articles in the journal retain copyright.
All articles are published open access and an explicit open access licence is used.
Submission and publication is not conditional in any way on the payment of a fee from the author or its employing institution, or on membership of an institution or society.
Any fees paid on behalf of the journal to publishers are low, transparent, and in proportion to the work carried out.“


Freedom of panorama: would it hurt architects? Wikimedia-Survey among Italian-based architects says NO

„First, the facts: only one respondent stated to have every received payment for a photograph taken of their work.

More generally, over 70% of those surveyed stated that they are not aware that permission is required to make reproductions of works of architecture, sculptures et sim permanently located on public display. Nearly 60% thinks that it would not be reasonably possible for, eg, a photographer to locate and contact relevant rightholders to seek permission.“