October 23, 2017

Cool! Harvard Library Lab Releases 20 Project Overview Videos Online

Here’s some very interesting viewing for library/database/information retrieval types (geeks). 20 new videos about different Harvard Library Lab projects and programs including Library Cloud and the Awesome Box project that we mentioned the other day. You’ll not only learn about the projects but you’ll also meet some of the people responsible for them. From tracking […]

Indianapolis: IUPUI University Library Launches Electronics Recycling Program

From an IUPUI Announcement: The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis University Library is launching a small electronics recycling effort as its latest program to support the campus commitment to sustainability. In cooperation with the local nonprofit RecycleForce, University Library is now accepting used items such as cell phones, tablets, chargers or curling irons — almost anything with […]

Developers: Census Bureau Makes New Congressional Districts and Three Decades of Decennial Data Available in API

From the U.S. Census: Three decades worth of statistics about America’s people, places and economy are now available for use on the U.S. Census Bureau’s application programming interface, which makes the information available for Web and mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. In addition, 2011 American Community Survey estimates for the new districts formed for the […]

Preview: New $74 Million Library and Learning Commons Scheduled to Open at Salem St. University This Fall

From The Boston Globe: Salem State University’s $74 million library is expected to open this fall. For the campus community, that cannot come soon enough. “We’re looking forward to moving in and enjoying it,” said Susan Cirillo, dean of the library and instructional learning and support. “I’m looking forward to seeing the students again, seeing […]

A $1.2 Million Dollar Project Will Bring RFID Tags to Books in the Halifax Public Libraries Collection

From The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, NS): The $1.2-million tagging system could also automate part of book returns, since the tags can be scanned through the covers as they move along a conveyor belt, said the chief executive officer for the regional library system. Judith Hare said the radio frequency identification tags could also help the […]

Gale Cengage/Smithsonian Institution Partnership News & a Spectacular Database Available Now, Direct from the Smithsonian

From Today’s Announcement: Gale, part of Cengage Learning and the Smithsonian Institution today announced a licensing agreement to distribute Smithsonian assets into the library and academic space. [Clip] The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums, 9 research centers and more than 140 affiliate museums around the world. The […]

Nature Publishing Group Buys Into Open Access Publisher

From Nature News Blog: One of the fastest-growing open access publishers, Frontiers, has been snapped up by Nature Publishing Group. Frontiers was co-founded in 2007 by its current CEO Kamila Markram, who is a neuroscientist studying autism at the Swiss Federal Institute of Lausanne. (The company itself, a private firm, is headquartered at a technology park […]

What Were the Most Borrowed Books and Downloaded Ebooks at the D.C. Public Library During 2012?

The total number of items circulated at the District of Columbia Public Library during 2012 was 3.3 million, tripling the total circulation of 2006. From DCist:  In 2012 it was J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy that was most often checked out by adults, followed by Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Junot Diaz’s This is How You Lose Her, John Grisham’s The Racketeer, […]

Netherlands: Government Report Says Dutch Libraries Cannot Lend Ebooks

From Telecompaper: Dutch libraries cannot lend e-books as part of their services, the education and culture minister has concluded in a research report on the Copyright Law, digital services and the role of public libraries. While acknowledging the issue may still face a legal challenge, the government proposes that the Copyright Law’s only exception is […]

Report: Special Session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) Takes Place in Geneva

From a Meeting Summary via the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA): A special session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) took place from 18-22 February 2013 in Geneva to reach consensus on the draft text of an international treaty on copyright limitations and exceptions for visually impaired persons and […]