December 14, 2017

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Wellcome Trust Gets Tough on Open Access

via Times Higher Education: The Wellcome Trust has reacted to Research Councils UK’s beefed-up open-access proposals by indicating that it will get “much tougher” on compliance with its own mandate. The giant biomedical charity already requires papers produced with Wellcome funding to be made open access within six months of publication, which is the period […]

Roundup: News from OCLC, Washington University Libraries, EBSCO, & PLOS

Gene Oliver promoted to Vice President, OCLC Global Systems and Information Technology Washington University Libraries introduce Open Scholarship repository EBSCO Discovery Service Expands German Content with WTI – Frankfurt Agreement  Announcing PLoS Currents: Disasters

Smartphones Account for Half of all Mobile Phones, Dominate New Phone Purchases in the US

From Nielsen: Almost half (49.7%) of U.S. mobile subscribers now own smartphones, as of February 2012. According to Nielsen, this marks an increase of 38 percent over last year; in February 2011, only 36 percent of mobile subscribers owned smartphones.  This growth is driven by increasing smartphone adoption, as more than two-thirds of those who […]

Arizona: Melinda Cervantes Named New Director of Pima County (Tucson) Public Library

From the Announcement: Melinda Cervantes, County Librarian for the Santa Clara County Library District in California since 2002, has been selected to become director of Pima County Public Library. Her first day on the job is May 14. “Ms. Cervantes has excellent experience in both public libraries and in education, including three years of service […]

New Statistics: Online Gaming: Number of US Mobile Gamers Jumps 35% to 100 Million

New numbers from online gaming market research firm, NewZoo. From the News Release: Newzoo’s latest Trend Report on Mobile Games shows that the total number of Americans that play games on their smartphone, tablet or iPod Touch has now surpassed the 100 million mark, a year-on-year increase of 35%. Europe shows a growth of 15%, […]

Roundup: U.S. Government Rolls Out a Number of "Big Data" Initiatives, Projects

Many of these projects and so many others will need data curators, archivists, and others to help organize the massive data sets. A bunch of announcements and a discussion are taking place now (2:30pm). Live/Archive stream here. Overview from the Office of Science and Technology Policy Big Data is a Big Deal See Also: Big […]

France Passes New Laws on the "Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books"

The Global Legal Monitor from the Library of Congress provides a summary of the recently passed legislation but writer/tweeter @BlankTextField (based in France) says the article include a few inaccuracies. From the Global Legal Monitor This Law adds a new chapter to the French Intellectual Property Code, comprising articles L.134-1 to L.134-9. Article L. 134-1 […]

Kids and eBooks: "Bringing Up an E-Reader"

From The NY Times: Amid the excitement and enthusiasm, some people are suggesting a closer look, especially for younger children learning to read. “Right now, the state-of-the-art, in terms of research-based practice is: read traditional books with your child,” said Julia Parish-Morris, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania who has studied e-books and […]

Unpublished Letters Written by Ernest Hemingway Made Available for the First Time by JFK Library

From the JFK Library Announcement: The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum today announced that fifteen letters written by Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway to his close friend Gianfranco Ivancich have been made available to scholars. Hemingway met Ivancich and his sister, Adriana, who became the author’s muse, while visiting Venice in 1949. The […]