October 17, 2017

Six International Organizations Including IFLA and ICA Adopt Recommendations of Principles Global Cross Sectoral Digitisation Initiatives

From an IFLA Announcement: IFLA is pleased to join with ICA, CCAAA, ICOM, ICOMOS and ICSTI in adopting the CDNL recommendations of Principles on Global Cross Sectoral Digitisation Initiatives. This long-term vision statement stresses the development of a globally distributed digital collections.  These collections should be comprehensive, open, seamlessly-connected, and universally accessible on the Internet. […]

Genealogy: OCLC and FamilySearch Announce New Partnership

From OCLC: Under this new partnership, OCLC will incorporate data from FamilySearch’s catalog of genealogical materials into WorldCat, and FamilySearch will use OCLC cataloging services to continue to catalog its collections in WorldCat. FamilySearch will also use the WorldCat Search API to incorporate WorldCat results into search results returned by FamilySearch genealogy services. Read the […]

OverDrive Will Launch Next Generation of Content Reserve on February 14th

Here’s what OverDrive told partners in an email earlier today. We are delighted to announce that the Next Generation of Content Reserve will launch on February 14. This release is a compilation of the most requested features that you have shared with us. To prepare for the launch, please take time to review the following […]

Humanities: The Newberry Library Launches Their Own Online Magazine

The titles of the new publication is, The Newberry Magazine. From an Introductory Blog Post by David Spadafora, President and Librarian, Newberry Library. Highlighting our 125th anniversary, the following pages will bring you inside the Newberry and give you an intimate look at the past year, from preparations for two major exhibitions to the publishing […]

EBSCO Introduces New Collection of Ebooks Aimed at Public Library Market

From EBSCO: EBSCO Publishing has released its latest e-book subscription collection. eBook Public Library Collection  focuses on the needs of public library patrons. The subscription collection includes over 25,000 general reference e-book titles in a variety of subjects and topics including social sciences, language and literature and science & technology. [Clip] The collection will provide […]

Stephen Abram Leaving Cengage, Joins Dysart & Jones Consultancy

Capping a three-year stint with Gale/Cengage Learning, library speaker and pundit Stephen Abram is joining the Dysart & Jones Associates consultancy as an associate focusing on “marketing strategy and direction planning consultant for libraries and the information industry,” according to the firm’s site and a press release sent today.

Crowdsourcing the Past – Georeferencing Website Puts Historic Maps in their Place

From The British Library: The British Library is calling on members of the public to help in a digital quest to reveal the hidden context of historic maps. 800 items have been selected for the Georeferencer Project from the British Library’s collection of over 4.5 million maps. The georeferencing interface enables people to plot locations […]

Coming in March: OCLC Research and U. Penn Libraries Will Host a “MOOCs and Libraries” Event in Philadelphia

“MOOCs and Libraries: Massive Opportunity or Overwhelming Challenge?” will be on March 18-19 in Philadelphia. Some Details and Registration Info Please join OCLC Research and the University of Pennsylvania Libraries for thoughtful and provocative presentations about how libraries are already getting involved with MOOCs. Whether your institution is already on board or on the fence, […]

University of Minnesota Study Finds Drop in Wikipedia Contributors

From The Minnesota Daily (Student Paper): Wikipedia contains more than 4 million articles, written by tens of thousands of users for more than a decade. In fact, the user-edited encyclopedia has become so massive, it may be collapsing under its own weight. Since 2007, the number of active Wikipedia contributors has steadily dropped, according to […]

Video: Sir Tim Berners-Lee Discusses the Open Internet and World Wide Web During Lecture in New Zealand

The other day we mentioned that Sir Tim Berners-Lee was in Australia talking about the open web and to be more specific, open publishing, privacy and other topics. Today, we’re sharing an archived video recording of a lecture given by Sir Tim Berners-Lee that took place yesterday at the Te Papa Museum in Wellington, New […]