October 17, 2017

Reference: CRS Report: “Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects”

Here are a three reports that might be of interest to you, your colleagues, and your users. We’ve also included a link to a compilation of contingency plans from a number of federal government agencies. “Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects” was published on September 25, 2013 and made publicly accessible by the […]

New Report from U.S. Copyright Office Looks “Challenges in Resolving Small Copyright Claims in Current Legal System”

New from the Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallante. Full Text available here. Also embedded below. Pallante Writes in a Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary: The Report documents the challenges of resolving small copyright claims in the current legal system, and recommends the creation of a voluntary system of adjudication […]

New Feature: Dropbox Can Now Automatically Save, Store, and Allow Quick Sharing of Your Screenshots

This new feature, like automatic camera uploads, is opt-in and can also be turned off at any time. From the Dropbox Blog: Starting today, all the screenshots you take can automatically be saved straight to your Dropbox. And on top of that, Dropbox will also create a link to your screenshot and copy it to your clipboard […]

Librarian Compiled! New York Public Library Releases Its List of Top 100 Great Children’s Books of the Last Century

From NYPL: The New York Public Library has unveiled its list of the top 100 children’s books of the last century. The list – compiled for the first time by NYPL librarians and entitled 100 Great Children’s Books – is now available for free in all New York Public Library branches in the Bronx, Manhattan, […]

Federal Government Shutdown Would Cause All NARA Facilities to Close (With 2 Exceptions), All Activities Canceled

In a Nutshell All NARA Facilities Will Close (including Presidential Libraries) NARA-operated portions of Presidential Libraries will close, but facilities controlled by a private Library Foundation may remain open. Federal Record Centers Will Remain Open Federal Register Will Continue to Be Published NARA.gov Site Will Remain Online But Will Not Be Updated All NARA Social […]

Reference: USDA PLANTS Website & Database Reaches Milestone, Now Home to 50,000 Images

From the USDA Blog: Recently the PLANTS website crossed a milestone with the uploading of its 50,000th image. The database, managed by the National Plant Data Team at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s East National Technology Support Center, hosts images of plants that grow in the U.S. and its territories. [Clip] Besides images, PLANTS provides basic information on […]

Recently Updated: “Best Practices for Product Metadata: Guide for North American Data Senders and Receivers”

Here’s a new edition of reference resource that might be of interest to those of you in the publishing world.  Additionally, librarians who want to learn more about how this type of metadata looks and flows will also find it useful.  Links to the full text guide (free) are below.  BookNet Canada also has made […]

Open Access: Oxford University Press Joins OAPEN-UK Project, 18 Full Text OUP Monographs Now Available Online

via JISC or OAPEN-UK: Oxford University Press (OUP) joins OAPEN-UK, a collaborative research project exploring open access (OA) scholarly monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences. OAPEN-UK is co-funded by Jisc and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is gathering data in order to help funders, authors, publishers and institutions make informed decisions on the future […]

Russia: “Moscow’s Libraries Get a Makeover, 1st Stop – Dostoyevsky”

From The Moscow News: The library at 23 Chistoprudny Bulvar first opened in 1907 on the first floor of an apartment block built for Moscow’s growing middle class. Renamed in honor of Fyodor Dostoevsky after the Revolution, it has had many lives since. Its newest began last month as one of the city’s new showcase […]

Profile: A Day in the Life of a University of Houston Librarian

The following profile was published in The Daily Cougar, the student newspaper at the U. of Houston. From the Article: Kerry Creelman, the Coordinator of Undergraduate Instruction and Outreach, is one of a team of 17 people working in liaison services, the front line of student outreach and education. Creelman is dedicated to finding ways […]