December 16, 2017

Very Sad News: The Tragic Death of Microsoft’s Lee Dirks

Earlier today I received an email note from my friend Jill O’Neill at NFAIS with some very sad news that Lee Dirks, one of the people helping to make Microsoft Academic Search an excellent resource and also a friend was killed along with his with Judy and their driver in a car accident in Peru. […]

Kansas Libraries Let People Check Out Cake Pans, ILL Available Too!

From the AP: A longtime practice of checking out cake pans at libraries in Kansas, particularly in rural areas, has increased as people look for a way to save money while still providing treats for special occasions. [Clip] “I just love watching people’s faces when they ask, ‘You have cake pans?’ Yep, we do,” said […]

eBooks: 49 States and DC Set to Reach $69 Million Settlement With Hachette, Harpercollins, Simon & Schuster

From Laura Hazard Owen at paidContent: Ebook-buying consumers in 49 states (all except Minnesota) and five territories are set to receive $69 million as the result of a settlement between the states and HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster. If the settlement is approved, the three publishers, who are also settling with the Department of […]

Sacramento Public Library Reaches Settlement Over E-Book Readers for Blind

From the Sacramento Bee: The U.S. Justice Department announced today that it and the National Federation of the Blind have reached a settlement with the Sacramento Public Library Authority to supply e-book readers for the blind. The settlement resolves allegations that the library violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by using “inaccessible” Barnes & Noble […]

Information Science: “A History of Webometrics”

A very informative and interesting read. Title A History of Webometrics Author Mike Thelwall University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK Source Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology August/September 2012 From the Article: The information science field of webometrics is “the study of the quantitative aspects of the construction and use of information […]

Interview: Todd Carptenter, Director of National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

Todd Carpenter sat down with David Nicholson, Journals Publishing Director, Life Sciences and Alice Meadows, Director, Society Relations at Wiley for an interview that was published yesterday in the new issue of Wiley-Blackwell Publishing News. Here’s one of the 10 question/answers exchanges. In 2011 we interviewed Jan Brase of Datacite and he referred to collaboration […]

Digital Preservation: New Version of the OAIS Standard Published ISO

From Barbara Sierman’s Blog on the Open Planets Foundation Blog: Last week ISO published the new version of the basic standard in digital preservation, the OAIS reference model ISO 14721:2012. After consulting the community a few years ago, we can now see what has changed and added to the OAIS standard.

Conference Paper/Presentation: Getting the Whole Picture: Finding a Common Language Between Digital Preservation and Conservation”

Title Getting the whole picture: Finding a common language between digital preservation and conservation Authors Douglas Elford National Library of Australia Lisa Jeong-Reuss National Library of Australia Somaya Langley National Library of Australia Melanie Wilkinson National Library of Australia Source 7th AICCM Book, Photographs, and Paper Symposium, August 29-31, 2012 at the State Library of […]

Springer Expands Open Access Program With Books, Ebooks

8/30/2012: Update Below Re: Pricing for the Program From a Springer Announcement: Springer is expanding its open access (OA) program by offering a fully open access option for books, which will extend Springer’s established SpringerOpen and BioMed Central journal portfolio, and its Springer Open Choice option. Any electronic version of a SpringerOpen book is fully […]

Australia: AC/DC Rock ‘n’ Rolls Way Onto National Film and Sound Archives List

From the AAP (via The Herald Sun) The archives hit play on the latest additions to the registry on Wednesday. THE 2012 additions to the National Film and Sound Archives’ national register of recorded sounds span almost a century of Australian sounds, including iconic rockers AC/DC. This year’s new sounds include AC/DC’s It’s A Long […]