October 17, 2017

Report from Yesterday’s Oral Argument in the Authors Guild v. HathiTrust (Appeal)

Ken Crews, Director of the Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office (part of Columbia University Libraries) and author of Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions, and a winner of ALA’s L. Ray Patterson Award attended the oral arguments at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City.  Crews has made his informative notes (including […]

The Vancouver Public Library Joins The Commons on Flickr

VPL is the fourth organization (see below) that we’ve posted about joining The Commons in the past month. From the Flickr Blog: We are happy to welcome the Vancouver Public Library! Funded by the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Public Library is the third largest public library system in Canada: “With over 373,000 cardholders and […]

University of Minnesota: “University Libraries Adapt to Changing Research”

From the Minnesota Daily (U. of Minnesota Student Newspaper): Technology is transforming the University of Minnesota Libraries. Students use more online reference materials than ever before, according to a University Libraries survey. For students, online sources for studying or researching are becoming the norm, while print materials collect dust. [Clip] In January, students will have […]

New Report From MIT Looks at Banned Books at Public and School Libraries Across Massachusetts

Here are a few details about a new report from MIT’s Center for Civic Media. From a Blog Post by Chris Peterson on the Center’s Blog: As readers of the Civic blog may remember, last year I mapped banned books across America, using data publishedby the American Library Association. My goal was to learn something about trends […]

New Report From McKinsey Institute: “Open Data: Unlocking Innovation and Performance with Liquid Information”

Released earlier this week by the McKinsey Global Institute. Open data—machine-readable information, particularly government data, that’s made available to others—has generated a great deal of excitement around the world for its potential to empower citizens, change how government works, and improve the delivery of public services. It may also generate significant economic value, according to […]

Now Available From IMLS: Application for 2014 National Leadership Grants for Libraries

From The Institute of Museum and Library Services: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for National Leadership Grants for Libraries. The application deadline is February 3, 2014. The program supports projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those […]

New Report From CLIR: “Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories”

The following web-only report was released by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) earlier today. Title Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories CLIR Report #159 Authors Gabriela Redwine, Megan Barnard, Kate Donovan, Erika Farr, Michael Forstrom, Will Hansen, Jeremy Leighton John, Nancy Kuhl, Seth Shaw, and Susan Thomas Source CLIR […]

New Statistics Released: Overall Internet, Social Media, and Mobile Usage Increases in Canada During 2012

From Statistics Canada: In 2012, 83% of Canadians aged 16 or over used the Internet for personal use from any location, compared with 80% in 2010. The rise in Canadians using the Internet can be partially attributed to increased use by those who are 65 or older. Internet use by Canadians in this demographic rose […]

University of Arizona’s Children’s Literature Library Receives a Facelift

From the Arizona Daily Wildcat: The College of Education embarked on a $1.1 million project this semester to renovate a library space that houses 30,000 children’s books. The fourth floor area in the Education building, which was originally built as a library, is home to the Worlds of Words program, an international collection of adolescent […]

Mozilla’s Webmaker Project Releases “Web Literacy Standard 1.0″

From the Mozilla Blog: The Webmaker site is also launching with a Web Literacy Standard, a framework that’s underpinning our work going forward. Developed alongside our community of education-minded Mozillians, the Web Literacy Standard is a map of competencies and skills covering everything from basic coding to knowledge about privacy and safety. These are competencies […]