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Research Notes 2020-9-14

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We’ve got lots of stormy weather in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Although it doesn’t look like any of it is headed our way, that doesn’t mean we can ignore it. How long has it been since your last files backup? Don’t forget that at least one copy should be stored off-site.

How can you protect your photos? There are a number of good online photo services where you can post your photos. Not only does it protect those photos, they also provide an accessible place to share your photographs with family and friends. Here are several photo-sharing platforms to help you get started.

  1. Flickr – Post up to 1,000 photos at no cost. It is also a great place to share your photos with family and friends.

  2. Google Photos – unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p. Includes basic editing tools.

  3. Apple iCloud – Apple users have 5GB of space for storing photos and texts. If you need more storage, you can upgrade to 50GB for $12/year.


The example above is the Help Center as you will see it on the desktop version of The Help Center on mobile devices has all the same information but is arranged a bit differently. Both versions are full of useful tips to help you make the most of MeWe.


Controlled Digital Lending

One of the wonderful things about public libraries is that we can go and check out books, take them home, read them, then take them back to the library. It costs us nothing to read those books – even the ones that are still in copyright.

Today many of our public libraries are closed and it’s impossible to get the book you need to support your research efforts. The Internet Archive created Controlled Digital Lending to make it possible for us to check out digital copies of the same books found in public libraries. It works just like your local library except that you are checking out a digital copy of the book without having to go to the library. Like your print books, you can only hold the digital book for a certain period. If you don’t return it in time you will be fined a specified amount of money.

Unfortunately a number of publishers are filing lawsuits to end the practice of Controlled Digital Lending. This impacts hundreds of libraries – like our St. Johns County libraries. These publishers lawsuit is taking place at a time when digital lending give students and educators the resources they need to educate our students.

If you would like to learn more about Controlled Digital Lending and the impact it has for today’s students and libraries, the Internet Archive Blog will keep you up-to-date.

Final Notes

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Sample of the “fine print” at the bottom of each post.

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