July 24, 2014

The E-book (R)evolution: Two Reports from Financial Times’ Digital Media Conference

The panel took place today in London. From The Next Web: “Amazon was apparently invited to join this particular panel discussion at the Financial Times’ (FT) Digital Media Conference today, according to the FT’s West Coast Editor Richard Waters who was moderating the session, but alas the digital behemoth evidently chose not to participate. The […]

Jonathan Zittrain, Suzanne Wones to Step into Leadership Roles for Harvard Law School Library

From the Berkman Center: Dean Martha Minow has announced that HLS Professor Jonathan Zittrain ’95 and HLS Library’s Assistant Director of Research, Curriculum and Publication Services, Suzanne Wones, will take over leadership of the Harvard Law School Library this summer, following the departure of Professor John G. Palfrey ’01 in July. Palfrey announced in November […]

Australia Considers National Digital Archive: Copyright Act Amendment Could See All Electronic Publications in National Library

via The Register: Australia’s Legal Deposit requirement, which compels publishers to send copies of all books to the National Library, may be extended to digital works. The potential extension of the Legal Deposit is discussed in a new Consultation Paper issued by the Federal Attorney General’s Department. [Clip] Attorney General Nicola Roxon has noticed the […]

UK: How to Get Ahead In … Library Services, Lean About a New Pilot Project

From The Guardian: A pilot scheme will help connect visitors to digital information that could change their lives – and a new national library service. Local library staff are being trained to show customers how to access potentially life-changing advice and information online in a pilot scheme which could create a new national library service. […]

Roundup: New Databases/Data Sets from New Hampshire, Vermont, and Wisconsin

1. Vermont: Common Cause Launches Campaign Finance Database (via Vermont Digger) Direct to Database 2. New Hampshire: Searchable Database Looks at 2.4 Million State Transactions (via NHOpenGov.org) Direct to Database 3. Wisconsin: New Database Allows People to Search Recall Petitions (via WUVM Radio) Direct to Database

Statistics: New Study Looks at the Changing Demands of the Urban Public Library in 15 U.S. Cities

From the Pew Charitable Trusts: A new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts finds that urban libraries are experiencing increased demands for an ever-widening array of services, due in part to the poor economy. At the same time, libraries’ funding from local governments has been cut, leaving them with fewer resources, staff and hours with […]

Pottermore Set to Launch (For Everyone) in Early April, Moving to a New Platform Caused Delays

From the Pottermore Insider (Official Blog): We’re pleased to announce that pottermore.com will be open to everyone in early April 2012. We know that the extended wait for those wishing to be part of Pottermore has been frustrating, and we’d like to thank you all for your patience so far. Many of you are interested […]

New Statistics: "No Surprise, eReader Use Continues to Grow"

From Harris Interactive: To some it may seem like we’ve always had them, but the world of eReaders is still fairly new. But, as Apple releases its 3rd iPad to the world, it seems like they are here to stay. This past summer, 15% of Americans said they use an electronic reader device such as […]

Harvard Library Will Deposit 200,000 Public Domain Volumes in HathiTrust

From Harvard Libraries: The Harvard Library will deposit approximately 200,000 public domain volumes in HathiTrust, a shared digital repository for published materials. This follows Harvard’s first deposit of approximately 53,000 volumes in HathiTrust in 2011. “The Harvard Library is committed to collaboration and easing access to its materials. Partnerships like this create significant opportunities for […]

Reference: White House Launches Ethics.gov

From a White House Blog Post: On Ethics.gov, the public will be able to find millions of White House Visitor records. You will be able to see agency reports of payments from non-Federal sources for travel to meetings and conferences. You’ll find records for entities registered with the Federal Election Commission. This includes federal political action […]