December 14, 2017

Oy! An Example of Why Basic Info and Digital Literacy Skills are Important and Useful

If you’re ever in need of a good example of why it’s important to notice and consider the source of what you’re reading/hearing/viewing, to dig a bit deeper, to checking multiple sources, to use other basic info literacy skills, here’s one for your list. In Maryland the police chief of Annapolis has apologized for inaccurate […]

Interesting Idea! Anti-URL Shortener Promotes Books Through Web Links

Here’s something new, interesting, and different. Some might even consider it fun. From PFSK: Respublica [a bookstore in Russia] wanted to show that books and the longform format still have value, so they came up with the web page ‘URLiterature‘. This enables people to paste any URL, choose the book they want to promote, and […]

Two Public Libraries in Paris and London Partner, Share Best Practices and Resources

From The Guardian: In Westminster, closer working with neighbouring Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham councils as part of the tri-borough arrangement has helped to save libraries from closure. With that success, it is natural to ask if there are any other innovative partnerships that could benefit residents? It’s something I [Julie Gadault, author […]

OverDrive: Macmillan Expands its eBook Catalog to U.S. and Canadian K-12 Schools (12,000 Titles)

From OverDrive: OverDrive announced today that Macmillan’s entire eBook catalog is now available for schools in the United States and Canada. Macmillan previously offered 640 eBooks to schools in the U.S. and Canada in a pilot program [launched in early September 2013] with OverDrive, and is now opening their 12,000-title catalog. The catalog includes popular […]

Library of Congress Announces Legislative Data Challenge Winners

Nore: For More Info About the Challenges See Our Post From September 10, 2013. From LC: The Library of Congress today announced the winners of two legislative data challenges conducted using the Challenge.gov platform. The challenges, conducted at the request of the U.S. House of Representatives, will advance the exchange of legislative information worldwide. Jim […]

RFP Published For ALA’s Reference and User Service Division (RUSA) Rebranding Project

From RUSA News: The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has released an RFP for a branding consultant to oversee rebranding of RUSA. A marketing and communications consultant will be selected for this rebranding project. [Clip] Project deliverables include new logos, a detailed brand package, and ready-to-use templates for a host of collateral materials. What […]

Digital Humanities: NEH Supports U. of Chicago/Oxford U. Digital Project Focused on 18th-Century Intellectual History

From the University of Chicago: Long before iPhones, Twitter and text messages, 18th-century thinkers already were worried about information overload. How, they wondered, could anyone possibly keep up with the surfeit of new books and ideas making their way into the world? Commonplace books—a kind of hybrid of an encyclopedia and a dictionary of quotations—were […]

HathiTrust Names Mike Furlough New Executive Director

This following HathiTrust announcement was made earlier today. The HathiTrust Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Furlough as the Executive Director of HathiTrust. Furlough comes to HathiTrust from The Pennsylvania State University, where he is currently Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communications. Furlough has more than a dozen years […]

Scribd’s “Netflix-Like” Ebook Subscription Service Now Provides Access to More than 300,000 Titles

Scribd’s e-book subscription service launched at the beginning of October 2013 and includes most titles on the HarperCollins backlist. On November 19, 2013 the company announced they were offering about 100,000 titles to subscribers. Today (Feb. 25, 2014), Scribd posted an item that their all-you-can read service ($8.99/month) now provides access to more than 300,000 […]

New Online: Preview Release of OCLC Bibliographic Works Data as Linked Open Data & New WorldCat Linked Data Explorer Interface

Two blog posts from members of the OCLC Research team provide background and details about today’s preview (now live) of 194 million linked data bibliographic work descriptions and a new online tool to view them. 1. From Roy Tennant on Hanging Together (OCLC Research Blog): Today in Cape Town, South Africa, at the OCLC Europe, […]