October 23, 2017

All NARA Facilities Largely Spared From Sandy

From an AOTUS Blog Post by David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States: The National Archives buildings were largely spared, thanks to extensive preparation based on “lessons learned” from similar weather events.  I am grateful to all of our staff and especially to our facilities and emergency staff for their ongoing work in keeping personnel […]

Douglas County Libraries Posts New Print/Ebook Pricing Comparison Report

New from Douglas County Libraries in Colorado. You can access the new report here.  It compares consumer and library print and ebook pricing for the Top 25 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list. Pricing data from Barker & Taylor, Ingram, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, OverDrive, 3M, and Bilbary. 19 of the Top 25 titles […]

World Digital Library Adds Florentine Codex, First Time Available in Digital Format Online

From The Library of Congress: The Florentine Codex, a unique manuscript dating from 1577 preserved in the Medicea Laurenziana Library in Florence, is for the first time available online in digital format, the Library of Congress announced today. The codex, one of the most important sources for the history of pre-Columbian and early post-Columbian Mexico, […]

Harvard Library Will Share Some Special Collections Materials With Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

As you’ll what will be shared is to be determined. From a DPLA Announcement: The Harvard Library plans to share several collections with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)—becoming the first DPLA content hub. [Clip] Robert Darnton, Harvard University Librarian and DPLA Steering Committee member, noted, “By making their special collections available to the […]

Reference: A Compilation of Selected Post-Hurricane Sandy Maps (Damage, Power Outages, and More)

UPDATED: Esri Impact Map for Superstorm Sandy “A collection of dynamic maps showing impacted counties provided by FEMA with ESRI demographic data” Here are a few of the MANY maps (most interactive) powered by ESRI and/or made available via their web site. 1. ESRI Public Information Map (via Microsoft) 2. A Selection of Maps via […]

New Article: “PeerJ: An Open-Access Experiment” by Peter Binfield

Peter Binfield, Co-Founder/Publisher of PeerJ and a publishing industry veteran, has written an article about the new oa publication. The article appears in the latest issue (November/December 2012; 47.6) of EDUCAUSE Review. From the article. Perhaps the most visible thing that we have done at PeerJ is to innovate around the dominant business model in […]

Research Data: DataCite Releases Business Models Principles, Best Practices Document

From a DataCite Blog Post: Intended for DataCite members and their clients, the document looks at DataCite member and client responsibilities, as well as best practices. DataCite members may consult the Principles to learn about their responsibilities regarding contracts, costs and fee schedules, and prefixes. DataCite clients can use the document to understand their responsibility […]

A New Interactive Reference Resource: Stanford Election Atlas Released Online

Direct to Stanford Election Atlas Here’s an Overview via Stanford News: A new interactive atlas from Stanford’s Spatial Social Science Lab looks at the 2008 presidential election on the level of individual precincts. The exhaustive study reveals how deep-rooted geographic trends still affect party affiliation. [Clip] “You can see pretty dramatic voting changes when you […]

Wikidata Repository Site Launches, Will Begin Accepting Links Shortly

Direct to Wikidata The site is designed to host interwiki links was launched late last week/early this week and will begin accepting links shortly according to a Wikimedia “Singpost” technology report. The report goes on to say: The site, which is one half of the forthcoming Wikidata trial (the other half being the Wikidata client, […]

eBooks: Baker & Taylor Releases Mobile Version of Axis 360 Digital Media Platform

From a B&T Announcement: Baker & Taylor today announced that it has enhanced its Axis 360 digital media platform by releasing a mobile version. The mobile version of Axis 360 is designed to leverage the functionality of native Web browsers built into multi-function devices, smartphones and tablets running on the iOS, Android and BlackBerry operating […]