October 22, 2014

New Survey Shows Accessibility Driving Demand for Content

From the Deloitte Web Site: “Deloitte’s State of the Media Democracy (sixth edition) survey assesses media consumption preferences of nearly 2,000 consumers, ages 14 to 75 years old in the United States, revealing significant trends including increased access to content driving consumption, smartphones continuing to challenge other devices and the role of DVRs in preserving […]

eBook Usage Soars at St. Paul Libraries, But it's Still a Small Fraction of Book Lending

From MinnPost.com: “eBooks are still a very small percentage of total books checked out, but what’s stunning for us is that the trajectory is so dramatic,” Library Director Kit Hadley said in an interview. Circulation of paper books has been static, but eBooks downloads are rising dramatically, she said. The downloads now run in about […]

The Boston Globe Publishes Editorial in Support of SOPA

From The Hill by Brendan Sasso: The Boston Globe endorsed the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a controversial measure to crack down on online copyright infringement, in an unsigned editorial last week. “The Stop Online Piracy Act currently before Congress would finally give law enforcement the tools to crack down on the websites that enable […]

IMLS Director Susan Hildreth Welcomes Robert Horton, New IMLS Associate Deputy Director for Library Services

From a Statement by IMLS Director, Susan Hildreth: Bob has most recently served as state archivist and director of the library, publications, and collections division at the Minnesota Historical Society. In his new position at IMLS, he is responsible for the management of the discretionary grant programs in the Office of Library Services. Bob studied […]

Ireland is Digitizing and Making Military Records Available Online

From The Irish Times: Lieut Gen Seán McCann, chief of staff of the Defence Forces, has launched a new website – militaryarchives.ie – which is designed to appeal to professional and amateur historians and genealogists as well as members of the public who are simply hoping to fill in gaps in a family tree. The […]

Papers of Europe's First Female Professor to Become Available Online, with Help from Stanford's Libraries

From the Stanford Report: Laura Bassi, a noted 18th-century Italian scientist and Europe’s first female professor, left behind 6,000 pages of intriguing documents that describe her life and work. They now rest in the archives of the principal municipal library in Bologna, Italy, safe but not accessible to the world at large. That is about […]

Brilliance Audio is Suspending Availability of Download Audiobook Titles for Library Purchase

Always talk about ebooks being pulled or possibly being pulled for library access. Today, word that one audiobook publisher is suspending the sale of  (as of January 31, 2011) audiobooks for library lending via OverDrive and other vendors. OverDrive partners were informed of this change in a collection development update email. Here’s the exact wording […]

Bloomberg's Princeton Office is Going Solar

From the Bloomberg Blog: …we are close to completing installation of a 1.8 megawatt solar power system that is expected to generate the equivalent of over 50% of the Skillman office’s electricity. The Bloomberg facilities and sustainability teams have been working with SunPower Corp. and Integrys Energy Services to install this eight-acre, ground-mounted solar tracking […]

Building the Digital Archive of the Great East Japan Earthquake: An Update from National Diet Library

A “New Year Greeting” post by Makoto Nagao, Librarian, National Diet Library (National Library of Japan) includes a brief update about the Great East Japan Earthquake Digital Archive along with updates about digitization and new technology at the library. From the Greeting: Facing major catastrophe, one of our vital missions should be to collect all […]

People Spent 6.7 Billion Hours on Social Networks in October

From comScore: Social networking sites now reach 82 percent of the world’s online population, representing 1.2 billion users around the world. Particularly telling of social networking’s emergence is the amount of time people spent on sites such as Facebook, Orkut, or VKontakte. As a percentage of all the time people spend online, social networking activity […]