October 17, 2017

First of Its Kind: Utah Launches Google Glass App for Public Transit

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Serials: List of New Journals Being Added to Project Muse (Spreadsheet)

From Project Muse: The 25 new journals joining MUSE this year add to MUSE’s subject strengths in disciplines such as history, literature, women’s and gender studies, philosophy, African studies, and language and linguistics. Use the corresponding spreadsheet of new titles, which can be sorted by discipline, as a guide for alerting faculty and subject specialists to new MUSE content […]

U.S. Government: The National Map and National Atlas Merge

From USGS: During this year, National Atlas of the United States and The National Map will transition into a combined single source for geospatial and cartographic information. This transformation is projected to streamline access to maps, data and information from the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP). This action will prioritize our civilian mapping role and consolidate core investments while maintaining top-quality customer service. The […]

Roundup: Slides and Video Materials From Four Webinars/Presentations About Altmetrics

Materials from four presentations all taking place within the past five weeks. 1. On February 20, 2014, Elsevier held a webinar/panel discussion titled, “Librarians & Altmetrics: Tools, Tips and Use Cases”. Presenters Included: Altmetrics: a primer Mike Taylor, Research Specialist, Elsevier Labs Altmetrics: why it’s relevant to a librarian Jenny Delasalle, Freelance consultant/librarian Going beyond […]

Kansas: Topeka Library Updates Internet Policy to Reflect New State Law (Kansas Children Internet Protection Act)

From the The Topeka Capital-Journal: “We work very hard to be in observance of the law and balance that with people’s right to privacy,” said CEO Gina Millsap. The new policy specifically states its purpose is “to restrict access to materials that are child pornography, harmful to minors or obscene.” Previously, the policy indicated it […]

UPDATE: Director of U. of Missouri Libraries Says More Than 120,000 Mold Damaged Books are Salvageable

Note: One month ago (January 29, 2014) we shared a report that mold had damaged more than 600,000 books from the University of Missouri Libraries that were being stored at an underground storage facility where MU Libraries was (and continues to) lease space. Yesterday, The Missourian reported that U. of Missouri Director of Libraries Jim […]

American Library Association Releases 2012-2013 Annual Report

From ALA: The American Library Association (ALA) has released its 2012-13 Annual Report, an overview of the association’s initiatives and accomplishments on behalf of the library profession, libraries and the public. The report shows how ALA and its members continue to lead the way in the transformation of libraries and library services in an increasingly […]

Google Glass: Google Sets Roadblocks to Stop Distracted Driver Legislation (Reuters Exclusive)

From Reuters: Google is lobbying officials in at least three U.S. states to stop proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass, marking some of the first clashes over the nascent wearable technology. [Clip] Google Inc has deployed lobbyists to persuade elected officials in Illinois, Delaware and Missouri that it is not necessary […]

Cultural Property: Blue Shield Issues Statement on Situation in Ukraine

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What is Blue Shield International? The Blue Shield is the protective emblem of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, which is, with its two Protocols, the basic international treaty formulating rules to protect cultural heritage during armed conflicts. The Blue Shield network consists of international non-governmental organisations dealing with museums, […]

New From Pew Internet: The Incredible Growth and Extraordinary Impact of the Web in the U.S. During the Past 25 Years

A superb report (as is usually the case from Pew Internet) to read today and one to include in your web-based reference collection. We’re looking forward to more reports in this series. From Pew Internet’s Lee Rainie and Susannah Fox: This report is the first part of a sustained effort through 2014 by the Pew Research […]