October 17, 2017

“Young Adult Book Discovery Start-up Evoke Wins First Publishing Hackathon”

From Digital Book World (w/ Additional Links): More than 200 digital book entrepreneurs competed in the hackathon and the winner was announced today at Book Expo America after a final round in which each company was given six minutes to pitch its idea to a panel of technology experts. The Publishing Hackathon attracted 200 people in […]

U. of Tennessee Libraries Digitizes Diary from First Denali Ascent

From the University of Tennessee: On June 7, 1913, four climbers—including Robert Tatum, a young Episcopal missionary from Knoxville—were the first to reach the summit of Mount McKinley, also known as Denali, the highest peak in North America. [Clip] This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount McKinley. To commemorate the […]

New From IUPUI Library: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Digital Collection, More than 14,000 Historic Images Online

From IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis): A new digital collection made possible by the collaboration of the motorsports organization and the University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis captures that history through more than 14,000 images. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Collection features highlights from the Speedway’s 100-plus years with photographs taken from 1879 to 1997. […]

Connecticut: Governor Signs eBook-Public Library Availability Study Legislation Into Law

UPDATED POST (June 12, 2013): Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed the ebook-public library study legislation (An Act Concerning a Study Regarding the Availability of Electronic Books to Users of Public Libraries, HB 5614) into law last week. From a Statement by Connecticut Library Association President, Richard Conroy: The act requires the Commissioner of Consumer Protection to conduct a study […]

California: Open Access Bill Passes House Assembly, State Senate Next This Summer

From David Knutson at PLOS: The House Assembly today passed the California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act (AB 609). The act is now set to be heard in the Senate later this summer. [Clip] If AB 609 becomes law, it will unlock access to the results of more than $200 million in annual, state-funded scientific research. […]

Colorado-Based Ciber Will Provide Software for Mobile Version of Dutch National Library’s E-Books Platform

From Ciber: The Dutch National Library (Bibliotheek.nl) [has] selected Ciber for its new e-books platform for all libraries in the Netherlands. In the agreement, Ciber will setup and maintain the mobile application software for an extensive digital library, making library volumes accessible to a larger audience through the use of Ciber’s e-books platform. According to […]

Cisco Releases Latest Internet Usage and Data Forecast, Nearly Half the World’s Population Will Be Connected to the Internet by 2017

From the Latest Cisco’s Visual Networking Index Forecast: The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2012-2017), published today, projects that global Internet protocol (IP) traffic will grow three-fold between 2012 and 2017. Global IP traffic (fixed and mobile) is expected to reach an annual run rate of 1.4 zettabytes ― more than a trillion gigabytes […]

WSJ: “Cord-Cutters Lop Off Internet Service More Than TV”

From the Wall St. Journal: For all the fuss over Americans dropping their cable subscriptions in favor of Internet video, another type of cord cutting appears to be more common. Hundreds of thousands of Americans canceled their home Internet service last year, surveys suggest, taking advantage of the proliferation of Wi-Fi hot spots and fast […]

Funding Concerns for Europeana Digital Library Project

From the Research in KB Blog (National Library of the Netherlands): A drastic cut was made in the budget for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) from 9 billion to 1 billion euros. This will hit Europeana, the infrastructure supporting Europe’s free digital library, museum and archive, very hard. Europeana is now being asked to put […]

METRO, SAA, NARA, Google, and Historypin Partner on “Hurricane Sandy: Record, Remember, Rebuild” Project

From the Historypin Blog: Today, Historypin is launching Hurricane Sandy: Record, Remember, Rebuild. Together with Google, the Metropolitan New York Library Council, the Society of American Archivists, and the American Association of State and Local History, the project is a shared online collection of local history as captured by individuals and cultural heritage institutions alike. […]