September 3, 2014

Rutgers University: Librarians Create Digital Portal of International Posters That Trace the History of Women’s Activism

From a Rutgers U. News Release: What was once a loose collection of 300 rolled-up and yellowing posters in an office of Rutgers’ Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) is now an award-winning digital portal offering insight into decades of women’s activism throughout the world. The vibrantly colored posters, newly available through RUCore, a Rutgers-based […]

Rare Books: A Look at Several Recently Digitized Books From Harvard's Houghton Library

From the Houghton Library Blog: An exciting array of materials have recently been digitized at Houghton. They include manuscript material from Joanna Baillie, George Eliot, John Keats, Charles Lamb, Percy Shelley, Robert Southey, Alfred Tennyson, Hester Thrale and George Washington. A 15th century breviary and Belgian incunable, multiple musical scores, cartoons, broadsides and more may […]

FTC Issues Final Commission Report on Protecting Consumer Privacy

Direct to Full Text Report (112 pages; PDF) From an FTC Announcement/Summary: The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s chief privacy policy and enforcement agency, issued a final report setting forth best practices for businesses to protect the privacy of American consumers and give them greater control over the collection and use of their personal data. […]

Digitization Projects: Smithsonian Institution Archives Receives a Smithsonian Women’s Committee Grant to Support the Digitization of Scientific Field Books

From the News Release (PDF) The Smithsonian Institution Archives received a grant of $22,000 from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee (SWC). The award will fund two graduate paper conservation interns and two digitization interns who will work during summer 2012 to conserve and digitize original 19th and early 20th century scientific field expedition notebooks located at […]

New Online: Usability Testing Report of the The European Library Website Alpha Version (March 2012)

From The Report’s Executive Summary (via Europeana Web Site) In order to measure the quality of the new European Library portal, The European Library office conducted a series of usability tests in January and February 2012 on the alpha version of the website. Twenty volunteers — about 30% — from our partner network conducted the […]

Library of Congress Appoints Joseph Puccio as Collections Development Officer

From an LC Announcement: Joseph A. Puccio, head of the Acquisitions Fiscal and Support Office at the Library of Congress, has been named collections development officer in Library Services. In the newly established position, Puccio will plan, develop, coordinate and execute Library-wide policies and programs related to the development and selection of library materials, which […]

New Article Looks at Social Media as a Promotion, Development, and Delivery Tool at the National Library of Australia

Title Trove: the Terrors and Triumphs of Service-Based Social Media Authors Alison Dellit, Business Architect National Library of Australia Sarah Schindeler, Reference Librarian National Library of Australia Source National Library of Australia Staff Papers, 2012 Abstract The National Library of Australia has actively used a range of social media tools for the promotion, development and delivery […]

Reference: Statistics: IRS Releases FY 2011 Data Book

From the Internal Revenue Service: The Internal Revenue Service  has released the 2011 IRS Data Book, a snapshot of agency activities for fiscal year 2011 – Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2011. During the year, the IRS collected $2.4 trillion and processed more than 234 million tax returns. In addition to information on taxes […]

Europe: "Making the Case for Open Data" (Conference Slides)

From the European Public Sector Information Platform (ePSIplatform Blog) In her video message EC Vice President Neelie Kroes called upon the ePSIplatform Conference 2012 participants to go out and make the case for open government data. The European Commission DG Information Society has published an assessment of the different models of supply and charging for […]

New Blog Post: Europeana and Linked Open Data

From the Open Knowledge Foundation Blog: Europeana has recently released a new version of its Linked Data Pilot, data.europeana.eu. We now publish data for 2.4 million objects under an open metadata licence: CC0, the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication.[Clip] After several months we have thus released a second version of data.europeana.eu. Though still a pilot, […]