October 23, 2017

Prepared Remarks: What Did Archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero Tell Wikipedians at Wikimania 2012?

Here are the complete prepared remarks that David Ferriero shared with Wikipedians during a speech during Wikimania 2012 that took place DC earlier this month. Direct to Prepared Remarks (via NARA)

Updated Action Plan From the National Archives (UK): “Archives for the 21st Century in Action: Refreshed”

From the National Archives (UK): The National Archives has published an updated action plan for archives to replace our existing Archives for the 21st Century in action. This action plan reflects the changing context in which the archives sector is operating and sets out The National Archives’ commitment to the archives sector in light of […]

Creative Commons Releases New Interactive License Chooser

From a CC Blog Post: The license chooser has been completely redesigned for greater clarity and ease of use. [Clip] First and foremost, the license chooser is not a registration tool. It never was. But the old chooser’s interface was a form you would fill out and submit to our server. The server would then […]

Wikimedia Foundation Scales Back Targets in Just Released 2012-2013 Plan

From The-H Open: The organisation behind Wikipedia has scaled back its targets for future growth of the online encyclopaedia. The Wikimedia Foundation’s plan for the 2012/2013 financial year, released over the weekend, admits that the US-based organisation last year failed to meet key targets. For the financial year to June, the foundation had set itself […]

Oxford University Press Gamifies Classic Books for Kids on Web and Mobile Devices

From OUP (via Digital Book World): Oxford University Press, the world’s largest university press, is announcing a partnership with mobile and social web game developer SecretBuilders to support its “50 Great Reads Before 15″ initiative, which introduces characters and storylines from popular classics and transforms them into fun and engaging digital learning experiences for kids […]

Full Text of Library Copyright Alliance Statement to WIPO Regarding Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries

The Library Copyright Alliance includes ACRL, ALA, and ARL.  It is dated July 25, 2012. From the Statement: The Library Copyright Alliance expresses appreciation to Member States for your thoughtful discussions regarding limitations and exceptions for these three broad areas that affect the daily work of libraries: VIP, libraries, and education. We strongly oppose language […]

New Wall St. Journal Article Includes Discussion About The Harvard Library

From the WSJ: As it looks to economize, Harvard has turned some of its attention toward the more than $160 million it spends each year on its nearly 375 year-old library system, which holds 17 million volumes, and includes 73 separate libraries. Widener, the flagship library, alone has 57 miles of shelving. While the system […]

Highlights: The Survey of Library Cafes, 2012-13 Edition

A new report from The Primary Research Group. From the News Release: This 78-page report examines the food service operations of 29 academic and public libraries, with over 175 tables tracking sales tendencies, revenues, and other benchmarking statistics of library cafes, restaurants, and food carts. The report sets out to investigate who runs the library’s […]

Microsoft Launches Outlook.com, a NEW Email Service with Limited Ads, Unlimited Storage and Built-in Skype

From Engadget: So Microsoft launched a new email service today — not a redesigned version of Hotmail, but a completely new, built-from-the-ground-up service. It’s called Outlook.com, and for now, at least, it will exist separately from Hotmail, as Microsoft attempts to distance itself from Hotmail’s bad rap. As it happens, the email features are basically […]

E-Book Consumers Diversifying Their Format Preferences, Says New BISG Study

Highlights From the Book Industry Study Group Study: E-book consumers are becoming more diverse in their format preferences, says the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)’s closely-watched Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading report. The third installment in Volume Three of this Bowker-powered study — available today — shows that the percentage of e-book consumers who exclusively […]