April 17, 2014

Reference: USDA: Consumers to Receive Timely Food Safety Alerts Through New State Twitter Feeds

Smart idea! From the USDA: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) launched a series of Twitter feeds that will provide state-specific, food safety alerts to consumers. Followers of these Twitter accounts will receive alerts about recalls of meat, poultry and processed egg products in their state, as well as information […]

New Research Article: "Library Use of Web-Based Research Guides"

This article appears in the just released issue of Information Technologies and Libraries. ITAL is now an open access publication. See this post for more info and complete TOC. Title Library Use of Web-based Research Guides Authors Jimmy Ghaphery Head, Library Information Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, Richmond, VA. Erin White Web Systems Librarian, Virginia […]

Espresso Book Machine Now Available at Brooklyn Public Library

UPDATE: Video of BPLs Espresso Book Machine (via WSJ) via CBS New York (1010 WINS): “It allows people to print a book that maybe they can’t otherwise get, some obscure title that happens to be in the public domain. This machine brings to our collection an additional eight million titles that are in the public […]

Publishing: Wiley to Divest Selected Publishing Assets, No STM Units Will Be Included in Planned Sale

From The Wall St. Journal: John Wiley & Sons Inc., publisher of the For Dummies brand, said it has retained adviser Allen & Co. to explore the sale of some of its publishing assets in its professional/trade business and said it will redeploy its resources to For Dummies. [Clip] “We plan to drive long-term growth, […]

W3C Launches Work to Simplify Creation of Content in World's Languages

From W3C: Many of the largest and most successful enterprises use the Web to reach customers around the world. Providing information in local languages is pivotal to their business. Today W3C announced new work to make it easier for people to create Web content in the world’s languages. The new MultilingualWeb–LT (Language Technology) Working Groupwill […]

Q&A Interview With Metadata Expert Laura Dawson: What is Good Metadata?

Metadata expert, industry veteran (including working at SirsiDynix), and Content Chief at Firebrand Technologies*, Laura Dawson sat down with Quill and Quire to discuss metadata ahead of her session at BookNet Canada today. You can read the complete Q&A interview here. The article looks at metadata from the publisher perspective. Providing good metadata from the […]

Michigan: Public Reaction to Possible Job Cuts at Grand Rapids Public Library

From MLive.com: As leaders of the city library prepare for a budget vote later this month, some MLive.com readers are responding to proposed job cuts by suggesting pay cuts for non-union administrators. Read the Comments by MLive Readers See Also: The Reactions Come After an MLive Article from Feb. 29, 2012: “Grand Rapids Library Budget […]

OverDrive Breaks Ground on New World Headquarters and Tech Center in Ohio

UPDATE 1: When asked on a government form (OverDrive received local government funding for the project) what business they were in, they did not list what you might expect. Listed was not eBook distribution or digital content sales and distribution or anything close. OverDrive said they were in the digital security business. Interesting to read […]

New Issue of Information Technology and Libraries Published and Available Online, Publication is Now Open Access

This is the first issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) that is open access. Congrats, kudos and thanks to LITA for making the switch to open access. ITAL is also now an e-only publication. Learn more in this blog post. Table of Contents Information Technology and Libraries Vol 31, No 1 (2012) President’s Message: […]