December 16, 2017

New Research Report From ACRL: Academic Libraries and Research Data Services

From ACRL Insider: ACRL has released a new research report, “Academic Libraries and Research Data Services: Current Practices and Plans for the Future” to provide a baseline assessment of the current state of and future plans for research data services in academic libraries.  Authored by Carol Tenopir, Chancellor’s Professor at the School of Information Sciences, […]

Library Funding Hits Crunch Time in San Diego, “Gift a Brick” Program Launched

From the San Diego Union-Tribune: The new $184.9 million Central Library, its steel dome already glistening in the sunlight, has a $15 million funding gap and planners are turning to the public for help. The nine-level library at Park Boulevard and J Street is due to open next summer and an unnamed institutional donor has […]

Two Repositories Begin Joint Crowdsourcing Project to Translate Yiddish Language Journals and Newspapers

From Cornell: An innovative new project is seeking Yiddish-speakers to help create an archive of journals and newspapers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Two archival repositories — the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives at Cornell University in the United States and the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick […]

Europe: E-Books Digitized on Demand Program Expands, Service Now Provided by 32 Libraries in 12 Countries

From a EOD Announcement: The European-wide network of libraries offering digitisation of copyright free books on users’ demand has expanded in Austria, France and Germany. Now the eBooks on Demand (EOD) service is available via 32 libraries. The recent libraries offering the EOD eBooks are the University Library of Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in […]

New Market Research From Bowker: Who’s Really Reading 50 Shades?

From a Bowker Announcement: As it turns out, the notion that readers of the 50 Shades Trilogy are moms filling wait time while their kids finish sports or music practice isn’t entirely accurate. A new analysis by Bowker Market Research of buyers of the novels shows that less than 30 percent of purchases are to […]

First Public Beta Version of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) Now Live

From the DDB: The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) goes online for the general public today at www.deutsche-digitale-bibliothek.de. [Clip] Matthias Harbort, Head of New Media for the Federal Government Representative for Culture and Media and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, as well as Jill Cousins, Executive Director of the Europeana Foundation, today introduced the new […]

Small-Town Librarian Takes On Sony–and Wins

This is the type of story that often does not have the same outcome. Very IMPRESSIVE work by a very determined librarian, Abbe Klebanoff. From Blogging Censorship (National Coalition Against Censorship): Don’t mess with Abbe Klebanoff, the head of public services for Pennsylvania’s Lansdowne Public Library. She encouraged teens to create a music video called “Read […]

The Internet Archive Fedreral Credit Union Opens in New Jersey

From archiving the web, to digitizing books, to collecting copies of printed material, The Internet Archive is  everywhere these days. That’s good news. Now, Brewster and IA move into banking with the opening of The Internet Archive Federal Credit Union. From The Credit Union Times: A new credit union founded by an Internet pioneer and […]

After Successful 3-Year Pilot, JSTOR Launches New Alumni Access Program

Exciting news from JSTOR. From Today’s Announcement: JSTOR is pleased to announce a new Alumni Access program, which enables participating higher education institutions to provide their alumni with access to their JSTOR archive collections.  This is an important next step in our ongoing efforts to extend access to scholarship to individuals around the world, and […]

Conclusions from the 25th Meeting of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

From IFLA: Related Rights (SCCR) concluded on Friday 24th November with some progress made towards the concluding of an international instrument for visually impaired persons (VIP). In addition, while there was only a very short period of time allocated to the discussion of copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives, delegates also reaffirmed their […]