December 12, 2017

Olympia, Washington: “Olympia Library Staff Fearful After Threats Resulting From Heroin Crackdown”

From The Olympian: Staff at the downtown Olympia Timberland Library say they are working in fear and one security guard has resigned after Olympia police cracked down on a drug house across the street from the library, court papers state. [Clip] Olympia police arrested two people at the Olympia Timberland Library on Wednesday for allegedly […]

University of Minnesota Libraries Promote Reading for Pleasure

From The Minnesota Daily (Student Newspaper at UMN): While the majority of University of Minnesota library collections support academic research, staff members are trying to appeal to the casual reader with more accessible popular literature. A new exhibit located at the main entrance of Wilson Library titled “From Our Collections” cycles through a new theme […]

Metadata: OCLC Begins Enriching WorldCat Records with FAST Headings

From OCLC: FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) is a fully enumerative faceted subject heading schema derived from the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), a widely-used subject-access vocabulary published and maintained by the Library of Congress. The development of FAST has been a collaboration of OCLC and the Library of Congress with advice from […]

If Federal Government Shutdown Happens All Library of Congress Web Sites and Resources Will Be Taken Offline, Buildings Closed

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UPDATE 2: If Shutdown Happens GPO WILL Update FDSys With With Congressional and Federal Register Info ONLY UPDATE: Additional Coverage from Library Journal An advisory post on the Library of Congress web site says that IF a temporary federal government shutdown takes place beginning on October 1st, all LC building will close, all events cancelled, […]

Are We Beginning the Post-MOOC ERA? Two SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses) are Underway From Harvard/edX

From the BBC: Harvard, one of the world’s most influential universities, is moving on to Spocs – which stands for small private online courses. Nothing to do with Star Trek and sombre Vulcans, but plenty to do with ambitions “to boldly go”. [Clip] Enter the Spoc. And the clue is in the “small, private” part […]

Virginia: George Washington Library Opens at Mt. Vernon

The formal name of the new facility is The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. From The Washington Post: The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon is a $106 million project designed to be the international center for Washington scholarship, with a trove of his personal books and […]

Northwestern’s University Library Replaces Reference Room With Study Lounge

From The Daily Northwestern: Located in the library’s first floor, the area was designed with input from students in the Segal Design Institute’s Spring 2013 Design Thinking and Communication class as well as general feedback through on-sight polling, said Geoffrey Swindells, user experience librarian. “One of the things that’s happening in libraries across the country […]

Opera’s New State of Mobile Web Report Shows How Americans Browse on their Phones, and When

Highlights From the Latest Edition of the State of the Mobile Web Report From Opera Software. This edition of the State of the Mobile Web report by web company Opera Software examines these types of weekly usage patterns, using information about the type of  [our emphasis]  sites visited by Opera Mini users in the United […]

Preprint: “Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Sciences?”

The following article (preprint) is scheduled for publication in the January, 2015 issue of College and Research Libraries. It was accepted for publication on September 15, 2013. Title Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Sciences? Authors Marisa Ramirez California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo  Gail McMillan Virginia Tech University […]

Health Information: Wiley Joins patientACCESS, New Program Offers Low-Cost Access to Health and Medical Articles from Six STM Publishers

From Wiley: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., has announced it will join patientACCESS, a new program which offers low-cost access to medical and scientific research articles to patients and caregivers. From September 2013, 310 Wiley journals will join the international collaboration between publishers, the Association of American Publishers, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP), The International […]