December 16, 2017

Serendipity, a New Faceted Search Tool Utilizes Linked Data to Help With Discovery of Open Educational Resources

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The ePSI Platform site reports that Serendipity, a new search tool utilizing linked data to help users discover open educational resources (OER) and OpenCourseWare (OCW) materials has formally launched. Serendipity is project from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (Ecuador). The user interface and search are in English. From EPSI: One of the main […]

New Report: Are Canadian Library Users Interested in Reading Canadian Content?

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Here’s a new report out today from BookNet Canada. From the Introduction of the Report: In February 2013 BookNet Canada released the study Canadians Reading Canadians: How Interested Are Canadians in Reading Canadian Content? The goal of this research was to review the attitudes and opinions of Canadian book-buyers when it comes to purchasing and […]

Carnegie Mellon/Disney Researcher Invents 3D Printing Technique for Making Soft, Cuddly Stuff

From a Carnegie Mellon University and Walt Disney Research Announcement: Soft and cuddly aren’t words used to describe the plastic or metal things typically produced by today’s 3D printers. But a new type of printer developed by Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research Pittsburgh can turn wool and wool blend yarns into fabric objects that people might […]

First Time: HarperCollins Will Release “To Kill a Mockingbird” as Ebook and Digital Audiobook, Enhanced Ebook Will Also Be Released

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize (1961) winning To Kill a Mockingbird will be released for the first time as an ebook and digital audiobook on July 8, 2014. From the AP: In a rare public statement released through her publisher, HarperCollins, Lee said: “I’m still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled […]

Minnesota: The New Walker Branch of Hennepin County Public Library Opens in Minneapolis

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: The colorful new library features an array of meeting spaces named after the Chain of Lakes, a plethora of leather seats for reading, rentable iPads, a children’s play area, “roof monitors” that capture sunlight and big, glassy windows. It sits at a key intersection in Uptown, right off The Mall on […]

Analytics: How We Read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

Here’s a new infographic from Oyster (“all you can read” ebooks) that offers a look at how their subscribers read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Standards: NISO’s Executive Directory Takes You “Around the Publishing Technology World in 25 Minutes”

At the annual Project Muse Publishers Meeting held in Baltimore on Thursday, Todd Carpenter, Executive Director of NISO (National Information Standards Organization) shared an excellent presentation with attendees about his organization (one we mention regularly on infoDOCKET) and current projects and initiatives they’re working on. If you’re not familiar with NISO (you should be) and […]

Tennessee: “Library’s Maker Movement Aims to Inspire Writers”

From The Tennesseean: “The Maker Movement has really, really caught on with libraries,” said Dolores Greenwald, director of Williamson County Public Library. [Clip] Williamson County Public Library launched its own publishing imprint last year. Now, the library is about to help four local writers get published through a writing contest. [Clip] The mother of maker spaces […]

Open Access Repositories: COAR Launches Strategic Initiative to Align Repository Networks

From the Confederation of Open Access Repositories: At a meeting in March 2014, several major repository networks agreed to work together to further align their activities. [Clip] At the meeting, convened by the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), delegates from Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Latin America and the United States agreed on a common […]

Louisiana: New Orleans Public Libraries Facing Financial Problems

From WWL-TV: Five gleaming new libraries — central to the recovery of neighborhoods like Broadmoor, Lakeview and eastern New Orleans — have been a big hit since reopening in 2011 and 2012. But the libraries have been so costly to operate that the system has blown through a $12 million reserve fund in about three […]