December 10, 2017

Maryland: Libraries Hope ‘Maker Spaces’ Make a Difference

From CapitalGazette.com (Anne Arundel County): Skip Auld, executive director of Anne Arundel County Library System, said creating “maker spaces” for do-it-yourself enthusiasts, tech geeks and other tinkerers could be good for county libraries as they try to rise from the bottom of a ranking recently issued by the Library Journal. [Clip] Auld is already giving […]

NARA: National Archives Posts Unsealed Watergate Records Online

From The Washington Post: The weekend reading load for Watergate aficionados became a lot heavier Friday when the National Archives and Records Administration posted online nearly 1,000 pages of formerly sealed records relating to the infamous burglary case. The newly released documents come from the U.S. v. Liddy criminal trial against seven of the individuals involved in the […]

New from EFF: Who’s Tracking Your Reading Habits? An E-Book Buyer’s Guide to Privacy, 2012 Edition

From the Introduction: As we’ve done since 2009, again we’ve taken some of the most popular e-book platforms and combed through their privacy policies for answers to common privacy questions that users deserve to know. In many cases, these answers were frustratingly vague and long-winded. In nearly all cases, reading e-books means giving up more […]

Roundup: MEDLINE Data Changes — 2013

From the National Library of Medicine Technical Bulletin: This article collects the notable data changes made to MEDLINE during annual National Library of Medicine (NLM) maintenance known as Year-End Processing (YEP) for 2013. Areas Covered in the Roundup Include: MeSH Vocabulary Updated for 2013 Updated MeSH in MEDLINE Citations New MeSH Headings New Publication Type […]

Pamela Wright Named as NARA’s First Chief Innovation Officer, Plans to Launch Innovation Hub

From a NARA Announcement: Archivist of the United State David S. Ferriero today announced the appointment of Pamela Wright as the National Archives’ first Chief Innovation Officer, effective December 2, 2012. Ms. Wright will lead the agency in developing innovative ways to share the National Archives’ extensive holdings with the public. She plans to create […]

New European Publishing Industry Statistics for 2011 Released by Federation of European Publishers

From the FEP (Federation of European Publishers): The total annual sales revenue of book publishers of the EU and the EEA in 2011 was approximately € 22.8 billion, according to the survey conducted by FEP. This represents a decrease from the last estimate of € 23.5 billion for 2010, with most markets recording a lower […]

Gov Docs: New (Beta) of Federal Depository Library Program Web Site Now Live

From the FDLP Web Site: The next generation of the official Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Web site is released in beta. Available at http://beta.fdlp.gov, the site is designed to transform our Web services into a modern, clean, and responsive resource serving the Federal depository library community and the public. Highlighted Features: Streamlined, intuitive navigation […]

New Video From OverDrive Provides More Info About Next Generation Platform

In their just released November video update, OverDrive provides more info about their next generation platform focusing on a redesigned web site, OverDrive Read, and one-step checkout.

New Report from UK: The Potential Role for Intermediaries in Managing the Payment of Open Access Article Processing Charges (APCs)

Here’s a report released on Wednesday by the Research Information Network (RIN) in the UK. It will likely be of interest to a global audience. The Potential Role for Intermediaries in Managing the Payment of Open Access Article Processing Charges (APCs) 33 pages; PDF. From a RIN Blog Post: We undertook a study in August […]

Legal: Ditching West Publishing Could Save 9th Circuit Court of Appeals $350K in First Year

From Courthouse News Service: The 9th Circuit said Thursday that it will save $350,000 over the next year by processing its opinions in-house instead of contracting that service to West Publishing. [Clip] The San Francisco-based federal appeals court said it has been processing its own opinions since early November. “Court staff now manage the process […]