October 17, 2017

Unglue.it Officially Launches “Thanks for Ungluing” Program

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Today, Eric Hellman and the Unglue.it team formally launched their new “Thanks For Ungluing” program. From Today’s Announcement: Today marks the official launch of Unglue.it’s “Thanks for Ungluing” program. Unglue.it is “the bookstore for books that want to be free”. Unglue.it aims to compile a comprehensive database of Creative Commons licensed books while offering authors […]

New Reference Tool: LegEx Uses Big Data to Track, Visualize Decades of Lawmaking in U.S. Congress (Free)

Word of a recently released free resource from the University of Washington. From the Release Announcement: University of Washington political scientist John Wilkerson has matched data visualization with the study of lawmaking to create a new online tool for researchers and students called the Legislative Explorer. Think of it as big data meeting up with […]

Four Academic Libraries Named as Federal Depository Library Program “Libraries of the Year”

From the Government Printing Office: The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) recognizes four libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) for their outstanding achievements and initiatives in 2013 and 2014. These Libraries of the Year were selected for their leadership, educational outreach, and commitment to providing free public access to information available from the […]

Cool! Petrie Museum at University College London Releases Interactive Online 3D Object Library of Ancient Egyptian Artifacts

From Today’s Announcement: UCL’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, which holds one of the top specialist collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the world, has launched an interactive online 3D object library, allowing visitors to view the artefacts in the same way as curators. With funding from Arts Council England, the Museum is making high […]

U. of Montana: An 8% Decrease in Budget Forcing Library to Cut Subscriptions, Acquisitions, and Programs

The 8% budget cut is university-wide except for instruction budget (0.7% cut). From Montana Kaimin (Student-Run Daily Newspaper) The Mansfield Library is being asked to cut eight percent of its entire budget for the next academic year, said Megan Stark, associate professor at the Mansfield Library. [Clip] We’ve cut supplies we can cut, we’ve cut some […]

Online Education: New York Public Library Announces Partnership With Coursera

NYPL is the first public library in the U.S. to become part of the Coursera Learning Hubs program. From NYPL: The New York Public Library (NYPL) announced today a partnership with Coursera to support their curriculum of online courses through their Learning Hubs program. Several branches will provide users with weekly in-person class discussions with trained facilitators, […]

Data Conservancy, IEEE, & Portico Receive $602,000 Sloan Foundation Grant to Connect Publications and their Linked Data

Note: The project discussed below is named “The Matchmaker Project” and will be discussed in a presentation by Portico’s Kate Wittenberg tomorrow at the STM Annual U.S. Spring Conference 2014 in Washington, DC.  We hope to update this post with her slides as soon as they become available.   From Today’s Announcement: The Data Conservancy [based […]

New Report from Ithaka S+R: “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Art Historians”

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Here’s the latest report (published today) in the Ithaka Research Support Services for Scholars series. Title Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Art Historians Authors Matthew Long Project Coordinator Ithaka S+R Roger C. Schonfeld Program Director, Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices Ithaka S+R Source Ithaka S+R Funding Getty Foundation Samuel H. Kress Foundation From an Introductory […]

Privacy: Google is No Longer Mining Student Gmail (Official Statement)

Note: This change in policy comes as no real surprise. The scanning of student Gmail accounts came out in a court filing early in 2014. Recently, Google also made changes to clarify how all Gmail is scanned. To be clear, Google never displayed ads with Apps for Education Gmail but was still scanning/mining the data for […]

Video: Presentations From the 11th Columbia Library Symposium Now Online

The symposium took place in the Altschul Auditorium at Columbia University on March 24, 2014 and it’s titled, “Leaders Everywhere: Fostering Leadership Across the Academic Library Organization.” Several presentations from the symposium are now available via YouTube and are embedded below. Direct to COMPLETE Program Abstracts, Speakers List, and Slides Part One: Opening Remarks, Fostering Leadership, […]