December 14, 2017

Roundup #2: Product Announcements and Company News From Nine Companies (ALA Annual Conference 2013)

ALA Annual Conference time meets a lot of product announcements and company news. Here’s our second roundup. You can find our first roundup with seven more announcements here. 3M StarWalk Kids Media Adds Its eBook collection to the 3M Cloud Library Note: Content also added to OverDrive. Baker & Taylor Baker & Taylor Announces First Full […]

Report: “Cengage Learning May File for Bankruptcy Protection Soon – WSJ”

From Reuters: Textbook publisher Cengage Learning Acquisitions Inc may file for bankruptcy protection in the coming days, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. The publisher, which is owned by British investment firm Apax Partners, is currently negotiating a prearranged bankruptcy restructuring with senior creditors and plans to seek Chapter 11 […]

The Aspen Institute Launches Dialogue On Public Libraries

From the Aspen Institute: The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will begin with a working group gathering in August 2013 convening leaders from the library field, executives from businesses and officials from various levels of government, community development visionaries and education experts to create a common vision […]

Preprint: “Altmetrics: New Indicators for Scientific Communication in Web 2.0″

The following preprint was recently shared on arXiv. Title Altmetrics: new indicators for scientific communication in Web 2.0 9 pages; PDF. Authors Daniel Torres-Salinas University of Navarra  Álvaro Cabezas-Clavijo University of Granada Evaristo Jiménez-Contreras University of Granada Source via arXiv Note: The preprint is also available via the Comunicar web site. Abstract This paper presents […]

New York Public Library Will Commission Review of Central Library Plan Rennovation Costs

From the The NY Times: Responding to criticism that cost projections for the renovation of its flagship branch are not to be trusted, the president of the New York Public Library said Thursday at a legislative hearing that he has decided to commission a separate review of those figures. “We know there is skepticism about our numbers,” […]

Roundup #1: Product Announcements From Seven Companies (ALA Annual Conference 2013)

ALA is about ready to begin in Chicago and  product announcements are flowing at a steady pace from a number of companies. Here’s our first roundup of news items. More to come. 3M New 3M SelfCheck QuickConnect Interface Brings Revolutionary Options to Libraries and Patrons EBSCO RILM Retrospective Abstracts of Music Literature™ Available from EBSCO […]

Boston Public Library Unveils ‘Collections of Distinction’

From Boston.com: The Boston Public Library has unveiled some of its most outstanding, expansive, and renowned holdings as part of its initial Collections of Distinction. The collections highlight holdings from the library’s more than 22 million items and include an array of books, maps, manuscripts, letters, drawings, and other original works dating back as early as […]

New Report From CLIR & Mellon Foundation Looks at Policies for Open Access to Images at 11 Art Museums

From CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) and  Mellon Foundation: This report describes the current approaches of 11 art museums in the United States and the United Kingdom to the use of images of works of art that are in their collections and are in the public domain. Each approach is slightly different. By […]

Reference: New Education/Student Achievement Trends (Reading, Math) Released by NCES

From the National Center for Education Statistics: The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) long-term trend assessments provide the most extended retrospective picture of student achievement in the United States. Results span four decades of student performance by 9-, 13-, and 17-year-olds in reading and mathematics. Both 9- and 13-year-olds scored higher in reading and […]

W3C Working Group Publishes Linked Data Glossary

Released today by the W3C Linked Data Working Group The Linked Data Glossary contains terms defined and used to describe Linked Data, and its associated vocabularies and best practices related to publishing structured data on the Web using open Web standards. Direct to Glossary See Also:  Linked Data Glossary is published! (Letter from Editors)