October 17, 2017

The Top 100 Most Viewed Articles on Wikipedia During 2013

Links to lists containing the Top 100 Most Viewed Articles during 2013 for 35 language versions of Wikipedia are available on this page from Wikimedia Tool Labs. Top 10 Most Viewed Articles 2013: English Language Version of Wikipedia 1. Facebook 30,437,829 page views 2. Deaths in 2013 21,032,962 page views 3. Breaking Bad 17,184,556 page views […]

Ireland: Self-Service Libraries to Allow Night-Time Checkouts, Cardholders Will Be Able to Enter Building After-Hours

From the Irish Times: A great and solemn trust is being placed in the Irish people. From next year, citizens will, for the first time in the history of the State, be able to borrow a book from a public library, without a librarian present. Members of the public will be able to access their […]

What Were the Top 20 Most Popular Search Queries on Europeana During 2013?

The Top 5 search terms are found below. All 20 terms are found in this Europeana blog post. There were over 2 million unique searches performed on Europeana.eu in 2013. 1. Plastic Surgery Who would have thought? Nose jobs in the 1930s! After we shared a few images from an extensive collection of photographs documenting […]

California: Berkeley Public Library’s New West Branch is a ‘Zero Net Energy’ Building”

Note: The new West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library formally opened on December 14, 2013. From the San Francisco Chronicle: The new West Berkeley branch of the city’s public library system was designed to save energy. Its heating, cooling and lighting systems use so little electricity, in fact, that solar panels on the roof […]

National Library of Medicine Releases Digitized Collection of Its Publications and Productions

If you’re a data/library geek you’ll find a lot of treasure in this new digital collection from NLM. From the National Library of Medicine (via Twitter): The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce a new addition to its Digital Collections: over 400 NLM publications and productions dating from the 1860s to the 1990s. […]

Copyright: Author’s Guild Files Notice of Appeal re: Google Decision

The Author’s Guild said they would appeal the decision soon after it was announced on November 14, 2013.  On December 23, they filed notice of the appeal with the U.S. District Court, Southern District Of New York. From Publishers Weekly: In a filing with the district court, the Authors Guild gave notice that it is appealing Judge […]

Pew Internet & American Life Releases “Social Media Update 2013″, New Adoption and Usage Findings Available

The Pew Internet & American Life Project Social Media Update 2013 was just released and is available here. A PDF version (17 pages) of the report is also available. Selected Findings Overall Usage Some 73% of online adults now use a social networking site of some kind. Facebook is the dominant social networking platform in the number […]

What Does Deleted Mean? “Politwoops 2013: The Year’s Top Politicians and Their Best Deletions from Twitter”

Politwoops, made available in the U.S. by the Sunlight Foundation, is an interesting (in some cases, also fascinating and useful) service that tracks and resurrects (undeletes, if you prefer) deleted tweets from U.S. politicians (congress, governors, etc.). In other words, if a politician deletes a tweet it’s brought back online and made accessible (search or browse) […]

Fast Facts: U.S. Census Releases National, State, and Puerto Rico Population Estimates

The U.S. Census released the following population estimates today. As our nation prepares to begin the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau today projected that on Jan. 1, 2014, the United States population will be 317,297,938. This represents an increase of 2,218,622, or 0.7 percent, from New Year’s Day 2013. In January 2014, one birth is […]

Library Design: DC Public Library Names Final Three Architect Teams for MLK Library

From the DC Public Library “Beyond Words” e-Newsletter: DC Public Library selects Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross/Krueck + Sexton; Mencanoo/Martinez + Johnson Architecture; and STUDIOS Architecture/The Freelon Group as the three design team finalists for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation. The three finalists will create two preliminary design ideas; one as a stand-alone […]