April 18, 2014

New Online Exhibition from NLM: "Building a National Medical Library on a Shoestring: 1872, the First Year"

From the NLM Web Site: The National Library of Medicine<, a component of the National Institutes of Health, celebrates a crucial turning point in its history with a new Web exhibition, "Building a National Medical Library on a Shoestring: 1872, the First Year." The exhibition may be found at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/buildingnlm/index.html The exhibition focuses on the […]

Researchers Work to Build a National Online Library to House Canada's History

From the Canadian Press (via Macleans) Across Canada, efforts are being made to digitize some of our oldest and more important historical documents so they can be preserved indefinitely and accessed online by anyone across the country, or even around the world. [Clip] “It provides citizens with more knowledge about their country, it provides them […]

Syracuse U. & The King Center Announce Audio and Visual Digitization Project

Wonderful news! From Syracuse University Library News: The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center) and Syracuse University announce The King Center Audio and Visual Digitization Project, a collaboration that will ensure that the slain civil rights leader’s legacy will be preserved for generations to come. Working with the Atlanta-based […]

E-lending and Public Policy by Peter Brantley & Materials from National Digital Public Library Conference

Peter Brantey Writes On PublishersWeekly.com: The NDPL is an IMLS, Sloan, and LA Library Foundation funded effort to concentrate attention on how public libraries can contribute to the creation of a national digital library system. There is a strong overlap in mission, goals, and personages with DPLA, but the intent here is to focus on […]

Access to Information: "Letter: Open Government Groups Urge Senators to Restore Funding for Transparency Efforts"

Full Text of a Letter from OMB Watch and Sunlight Foundation to U.S. Senate. We are writing to urge you to protect funding for the Electronic Government Fund at the General Services Administration in H.R. 2354, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. As currently written, H.R. 2354 would not provide adequate […]

A New Browser Extension: Evernote Clearly (Makes Web Pages, Articles Clean and Easy to Read)

Direct to Evernote Cleary Web Site (Currently Available Only for Chrome) From an Introductory Blog Post (and Video) With one click, Clearly hides all distractions from blogs and articles, allowing you to read in peace. Click on Clearly whenever you visit a blog post or article. Clearly slides in, showing an alternate view of the […]

Tonight: Live Streaming Coverage of the National Book Awards on BookTV.org/C-SPAN

From the C-SPAN Web Site: Book TV will be LIVE streaming the 62nd annual National Book Awards from New York City on Wednesday, November 16 at www.booktv.org. Our coverage begins with red carpet interviews of the non-fiction finalists followed by the entire awards ceremony. The event is hosted by John Lithgow at Cipriani in New […]

Reference Resources: DOE and EPA Release 2012 Annual Fuel Economy Guide

From the Publication Announcement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are releasing the 2012 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with information that can help them choose a more efficient new vehicle that saves them money and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. While fuel efficient vehicles come in a variety of […]

The Economist Provides a Look at the Springer e-Book Digitization Program

From The Economist: Scanning Springer’s backlist proved no mean feat. First, the company had to figure out for which works Springer holds copyright, surveying records at all the firms swept up in recent years, says Thijs Willems, who heads the book-archiving project. To create a definitive list his group scoured old catalogs and national libraries. […]

Reports and Prepared Testimony From SOPA (Stop Online Privacy) House Judiciary Committee Hearing & Additional Resources

UPDATE: Archived Video of U.S. House Judiciary Committee SOPA Hearing (Recorded on November 16, 2011) The video runs about 3.5 hours. Reports from the Hearing Register of Copyrights: without SOPA, copyright “will ultimately fail” (via Ars Technica) Lawmakers Skeptical of Criticisms of Antipiracy Bill (via National Journal) By Juliana Gruenwald House Members Voice Piracy-Bill Support […]