October 20, 2017

Retrevo Offers a Free Online Database With Access to More Than 100,000 User Manuals

From PC World: The site offers downloadable manuals for all kinds of electronics, from calculators and cell phones to TVs and remote controls. The only trick? Finding them. Retrevo is primarily a shopping portal that’s home to a wealth of product prices and reviews. But it also stores more than 100,000 manuals for more than […]

Archivist of the United States Appoints New Director of Presidential Libraries

From a NARA Announcement: Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced today the appointment of Susan K. Donius as the Director of the Office of Presidential Libraries, effective February 26, 2012. In her new position, Donius will direct and coordinate the Presidential Library system, currently comprised of thirteen libraries that house the records […]

Howard University Gets New Library Director and Familiar Face at its Libraries

From The Washington Post: Some people don’t understand the meaning of retirement. And Howard Dodson, Jr., the new director of the Howard University Libraries and its flagship Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, is a prime candidate for that category. In April 2010, Dodson retired from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City […]

JSTOR's Alumni Access Pilot Has 5 New Participants

Alumni from participating schools are given access to the same JSTOR collections that current students/faculty at the schools have. The pilot began in 2009 and 25 now has 25 members. The newest members are: Bowdoin College  (See: Bowdoin Library Offers Alumni Access to Online Journal Collection) Durham University Macalester College School of Oriental and African […]

News Roundup: Items from Cambridge University Press, OCLC, Springer, and SkyRiver

1. 19 Australian Academic Press (AAP) Journals Acquired By Cambridge University Press 2. OCLC earns ISO Information Security Management Certification 3. Springer launches six new medical review journals 4. New SkyRiver Software Release Highlights Bibliographic Database Quality and Superior Navigation

University of Calgary: Professor Teaches Librarians to Never Be Meek

From Macleans: Early on, professor Toni Samek asks her students this question: Is homelessness a library issue? Students entering the Master of Library and Information Studies program at the University of Alberta, where Samek has taught for 18 years, come from fields as diverse as nursing and law. They arrive not knowing what to expect. […]

Jeffrey Trzeciak Named University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis

From a News Release: Jeffrey G. Trzeciak, university librarian at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, has been named university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, effective July 1, 2012, announced Provost Edward S. Macias, PhD, executive vice chancellor and the Barbara and David Thomas Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences. Trzeciak replaces Shirley […]

Popular! Kentucky Public Libraries Had a Record Breaking 2011, 20 Million Library Visits & 30 Million Borrowed Items

From the AP: Kentucky’s public libraries reached new heights of popularity in 2011. For the first time, the libraries recorded more than 20 million visits by people who checked out more than 30 million books and other items from their collections, according to statistics from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Almost 2.5 million […]

A MASSIVE Collection of Historical Maps Launches Online: 60K Maps Available Today, Collection Will Double in Size By End of 2012

via JISC: The JISC-funded Old Maps Online, described by its creators as like Google for old maps,  will act as a central repository to a vast collection of maps held by institutions across the globe.  It is the first time that access to such an extensive collection has been made available online. Paola Marchionni, programme […]

Kindle Owners' Lending Library Now Provides Access to More than 100,000 Titles

From Amazon.com: The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library continues to grow rapidly, now offering more than 100,000 books that Amazon Prime members with Kindles can borrow for free—including over 100 New York Times Best Sellers like The Hunger Games trilogy—as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates. Recent milestones for the Kindle Owners’ […]