April 24, 2014

eJournals: The CLOCKSS Archive Triggers Two Journals from the American Medical Association

From the Announcement: The AMA’s “Archives of Family Medicine” and “JAMA Français” are now available from the CLOCKSS Archive. The American Medical Association announced on January 23rd that the journals “Archives of Family Medicine” and “JAMA Français” are no longer available from their journal site and will be accessible through the CLOCKSS Archive. “Archives of […]

OverDrive: Starting Tomorrow Additional Copies of Penguin eBook/Audiobooks Not Available For Purchase & Only USB Downloads to Kindle Devices, Apps

UPDATE: Penguin Group Terminating Its Contract with OverDrive (by Michael Kelley, LJ) “In a stunning development, Penguin Group has extricated itself from its contract with OverDrive, the primary supplier of ebooks to public libraries. ‘Looking ahead, we are continuing to talk about our future plans for ebook and digital audiobook availability for library lending with […]

MIT Libraries Receive Papers of Distinguished Linguist, Philosopher and Activist Noam Chomsky

From MIT News: MIT’s Libraries were recently chosen to be the stewards of the personal archives of noted linguist, political activist and Institute Professor emeritus Noam Chomsky. The significant collection spans a long and distinguished career, beginning when Chomsky joined MIT in 1955 in the Research Laboratory of Electronics, through his years as a professor […]

University of Pittsburgh Reacts to Elsevier Boycott (incl. Info on Elsevier's Contract With Pitt Libraries)

From the University Times (Pitt’s Faculty and Staff Newspaper): Fellow mathematicians [protest founder Tim Gowers, is a mathematician] including Juan Manfredi, Pitt’s vice provost for Undergraduate Studies, have made up the bulk of the early signers of the declaration. The University administration would not make Manfredi available to comment for this story. [Clip] Pitt mathematics […]

Recently Launched iOS App: United Nations News Reader from the UN News Centre

This app is free to download and use. From the iTunes App Store Description: The UN News Reader is a free mobile news application for quick and easy access to all stories from the UN News Centre. With a simple, user-friendly interface, you can read up-to-the-minute latest stories or browse by subject and geographic region. […]

Reference: UCS Satellite Database Updated, Info on Nearly 1000 Satellites Currently Orbiting the Earth

From the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS): The UCS Satellite Database is a listing of the more than 900 operational satellites currently in orbit around Earth. Our intent in producing the database is to create a research tool for specialists and non-specialists alike by collecting open-source information on operational satellites and presenting it in a format […]

Primary Documents: Full Text of Two FBI Files About Steve Jobs Released Online

Both files were released today and available in the “The Vault” section of the FBI web site. You can read online and/or download the 191 page PDF file. From the FBI Web Site: Steven Paul Jobs (1955-2011) was a founder and leader of Apple Inc. (formerly Apple Computer Inc.). In 1991, Jobs was considered for […]

Full Text of Prepared Testimony: Librarian of Congress, Public Printer, & Others Testify at House Appropriations Committee Hearing (re: FY 2013 Budget)

On Tuesday, Dr. James Billington, Librarian of Congress; Davita Vance-Cooks, Acting Public Printer of the U.S.; and others spoke to the House Appropriations Committee’s, Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch about their FY 2013 budget requests. We posted highlights from Ms. Vance-Cooks prepared testimony the other day. Now, here’s the full text of the prepared testimony […]

New Legislation: Bill Would Require Public Access to Taxpayer-Supported Research (Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012)

UPDATE: Federal Research Public Access Act 2012 FAQ (via Alliance For Taxpayer Access) UPDATE: Full Text: Letter from ALA, SLA, SAA,  Progressive Librarians Guild, OMB Watch, OpentheGovernment.org & Others In Opposition of Research Works Act (PDF) UPDATE: Seven public health groups write to oppose the “Research Works Act” (via Knowledge Ecology International) From The Chronicle of […]

New Report: The Tone of Life on Social Networking Sites, Kind or Unkind?

Direct to Complete Report ||| PDF Version From the Pew Internet & American Life Project: The overall social and emotional climate of social networking sites (SNS) is a very positive one where adult users get personal rewards and satisfactions at far higher levels than they encounter anti-social people or have ill consequences from their encounters. […]