December 8, 2017

Canada: McMaster University’s Digital Scholarship Centre Using Open Access to Make Research More Useful

From The National Post: Inside the newest wing of Mills Memorial Library at Hamilton’s McMaster University, a large bookshelf separates the brightly lit workspace from the relaxing tones of a communal lounge. There is not a single book on it. Although an aesthetic decision by a designer rather than chosen as purposeful message, the empty […]

Brian Kenney Featured in NPR Report About eBooks and Libraries; Says Publishers and Libraries Need to Be Creative, Experimental

From an NPR News Report (Based on Audio):

Will loosening up e-lending rules ultimately hurt book sales? Kenney says that’s not necessarily the case. “Because they’re licensed, I would argue publishers have an opportunity here to be creative,” he says. “The HarperCollins model is one interesting model; I would certainly entertain a variety of other models from publishers. … This is a very different world that we’re in, and I think that it’s an opportunity for publishers and librarians to sort of work together to figure out, how can we sustain readers? How can publishers thrive? How can libraries also thrive?”

Canada: Random House and Indigo Looking at New Ways to Market Physical Books

From The Canadian Press: “We believe that for people to buy them for themselves or as gifts, they need to look great, so I think that’s a good thing,” says Brad Martin, president and CEO of Random House of Canada.” “Martin says Random House is adding more “production value” to its physical books. That includes […]

Lists: Where Were the Most Instagram Photo Taken During 2012?

From the Instagram Blog: Out of anywhere else in the world, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport tops the list. Over 100,000 photos were taken there last year! What other locations were popular in 2012? Other locations on the list include: AT&T Park, San Francisco LAX Eiffel Tower Access the Complete List SoCal is one popular place to […]

Publishing: Pearson Makes $89.5 Million Investment in NOOK Media

From a News Release: NOOK Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble today announced that Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has agreed to make a strategic investment in NOOK Media. Pearson has agreed to invest $89.5 million in cash in NOOK Media, LLC at a post-money valuation of approximately $1.789 billion in exchange for […]

Mobile: For Every 100 Web Pageviews on an iPad, Kindle Gets 5, Galaxy Gets 3, and Surface Gets 0.22

From VentureBeat: Advertising and analytics company Chitika released its December 2012 tablet market update, and the numbers aren’t great for any tablet that doesn’t start with the letter I. “For every 100 iPad impressions, other tablets have 14.75,” Gabe Donnini, Chitika’s data solutions engineer told me today. “87 percent of the tablet web traffic in […]

Boston Public Library Awards Contract for Market Feasibility Study

From a BPL Compass Announcement: After an extensive RFP review process, the contract for the market feasibility of commercial and conference space in the Johnson building was awarded by the BPL board of trustees to the firm of Byrne McKinney and Associates from Boston. The initial phase of the study will focus on the measuring […]

Wisconsin: “Makerspace: Madison Public Library Sees Innovation Centers as a Key Part of its Future”

From The Capital Times: When Trent Miller realized that Madison’s Central Library would be a vast empty building for a brief time — after the collection was moved out and before demolition for a renovation began — the library gallery coordinator knew he had to organize a major art show. “Bookless,” the resulting one-day, one-night […]

Fast Facts: The Top 100 Most Viewed Articles on the English Wikipedia 2012

UPDATED (12/28/2012) I’ve shared some thoughts about what these rankings might be telling us in an article I wrote for Search Engine Land where I’m a contributing editor. See: Facebook Is Wikipedia’s Most Popular Article Of 2012: Hot Topic Or Confused Searchers? — Top 100 lists for other versions of Wikipedia are also available. The […]

Tennessee: Libraries to Get Cheaper, Faster and More Extensive ILL Service in 2013

From the Tennessee State Library and Archives: The new Firefly Courier service, developed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, will link rural, suburban and urban public libraries throughout the state, as well as libraries at colleges and universities. The new courier service will allow libraries to request and receive books on loan from other libraries more […]