October 17, 2017

Study: Tablets Growing in Popularity as “First Choice” For E-Reading

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From a BISG News Release: E-book consumers’ preference for tablets is accelerating rapidly as dedicated e-readers drop in popularity, according to the Book Industry Study Group’s (BISG) closely watched Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading survey. The second installment in Volume Three of the study shows that, over the course of just six months, consumers’ “first […]

New Database: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) Puts 1000s of FOIA Requests Online

via TechPresident: The 20,000 documents posted online include, according to a press release, all answered FOI requests from 2011, more than 500 pages of 2011 board and committee presentations, numerous contracts between the Port Authority and private firms, as well as more than 300 pages of toll and fare hearing transcripts, as well as updated […]

105 Jobs Will Be Cut At Library and Archives Canada

UPDATE (May 2, 2012): Canadian Library Association Dismayed by Impact of Budget Cuts on Federal Libraries Over the weekend and for the second time in April we posted about the elimination of a Canadian government program providing public access to the Internet (often via public libraries). Today, news of more cuts and this time the involve […]

Roundup: News From CrossRef, Purdue U, HighWire, EBSCO, and ebrary

1. CrossMark Update Identification Service Launches 2. BMJ Group Renews Partnership with HighWire (PDF) 3. ebrary Helps Medical Libraries Acquire E-books Strategically, Launches New Packs (PDF) 4. Purdue: University Dedicates Krannert Renovated Library 5. EBSCO Publishing Enhances E-book Offerings with 39 New Subject Sets

Music: John Peel’s Record Collection Launches Online Tomorrow (Tuesday)

UPDATE: The site is now live. Video Introduction Direct to Site The digitized collection of the legendary BBC disc jockey and journalist goes live tomorrow (Tuesday). Learn more about John Peel. From The Guardian: John Peel‘s record collection is about to go online. Starting on Tuesday, the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts will begin […]

Research: “Quality Assurance for Digital Book Collections” (Automated Identification)

From the Open Planets Foundation Blog: Automated identification of corresponding images and duplicate removal is a challenging task due to inconsistent quality of digitized book collections. Validating such collections based on qualitative criteria is a challenging endeavor according to the sheer amount of data that has to be processed. Traditional approaches seem to have peaked […]

Video: EPUB3 and Accessibility (Presentation by Matt Garrish)

From the Booknet Canada Technology Forum that took place in March. Direct to Video  Blurb As publishers get deeper into digital, accessible data is not a niche but an imperative. Matt Garrish, author of the upcoming Accessible EPUB 3 O’Reilly guide will go over EPUB 3’s accessibility features, going over enhancements and how DAISY talking […]

Legal Information Institute’s U.S. Code Collection “More Current Than Ever with New USC-prelim Feature”

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From an LII Blog Post: The LII’s U.S. Code collection received a major upgrade last week with the addition of USC-prelim. Thanks to our friends at the U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Law Revision Counsel (OLRC), the LII now includes all newly codified legislation for each title on a separate tab within each […]

New Online Publications: Vitae’s Information Literacy Lens and Informed Researcher Booklet

From the Digital Curation Centre (UK): The DCC, as a member of the RIN Working Group on Information Handling, is delighted to announce the following new publications from Vitae.  Being informed and informative are important aspects of being a researcher. In our increasingly information based society, information literacy is a vital ability that is required […]

Findings From New Wikipedia Editors Survey: Nine Out of Ten Wikipedians Continue to Be Men

From a Wikimedia Post: The gender distribution of Wikipedia editors hasn’t changed since the last survey [April 2011]. Among those surveyed, 90 percent self-identified as males, 9 percent as females and 1 percent as transsexual or transgender. That being said, there was a greater amount of female editors among those respondents who had joined more […]