December 16, 2017

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2014 Report Now Available Online

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends presentations and reports are well-known, respected, and quoted from on a regular basis. Liz Gannes at Re/Code is correct when she writes that Meeker, “has built a personal franchise around her annual Internet trends report.” Mary Meeker is a former analyst at Morgan Stanley and now a partner at the legendary Kleiner […]

Librify, a Social Ebook Platform Prepares to Launch; Partnering With Target

From Librify: Librify, a social ebook platform, will launch soon as an invite-only service, just in time for summer blockbuster book season. Librify will transform the ebook experience by delivering today’s top bestsellers and latest releases for purchase along with an online community of passionate readers. Librify will offer a membership service and a complete […]

Video: Microsoft Demos Real-Time Translation Software For Skype

From Newsy.com: At Re/code’s Code conference Tuesday, Microsoft demo’d near-real-time language translation via Skype. Microsoft has been hammering on speech recognition and translation for years, with the help of machine learning systems that imitate human neural networks. These “deep learning” machines can effectively teach themselves more about how language works — and get better at recognizing it. From Re/Code: Although the […]

New Issue Brief From Ithaka S+R: “Driving With Data: A Roadmap for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Academic Libraries”

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From Ithaka S+R: COUNTER-compliant usage statistics, service assessments, peer benchmarking-librarians have been gathering different types of data for some time,  using data to measure the usage of their resources, the quality of their services, and how they stack up against similar institutions.  But could library leaders collect data differently? In this Issue Brief Deanna Marcum and Roger […]

Audio and Video: Maya Angelou, Appearances and Interviews

Maya Angelou passed away today. Below, find a very small selection of audio/video of interviews, book discussions, and appearances by Angelou that can be streamed online. From the C-SPAN Video Library Interview with Maya Angelou (Recorded on November 16, 2013) 2010 Medal of Freedom Recipients (February 11, 2010) Book Discussion on Letter to My Daughter (October […]

De Gruyter Frontlist Titles Now Available in EPUB 3 Format

From De Gruyter: “The introduction of the ePub format is an additional step in our digitalization strategy,” says Dr. Sven Fund, Managing Director of De Gruyter. “The internet is becoming increasingly mobile, and we are reacting to this development. Currently, every fifth reader uses eBooks, and over 50% of eBook users read while on the […]

Health Information: U.S. Federal Government Launches Pain Research Database

From the National Institutes of Health: The Interagency Pain Research Portfolio (IPRP), a database that provides information about pain research and training activities supported by the federal government, has been launched by six federal agencies. Pain is a symptom of many disorders; chronic pain can present as a disease in of itself. The economic cost of pain […]

Amazon Isn’t Hopeful About Dispute With Hachette Ending Soon

From Bloomberg: Amazon.com Inc. said it is “not optimistic” that a dispute with publisher Hachette Book Group will be resolved soon and added that it is acting “on behalf of customers.” The comments, which Amazon made yesterday in an online post, are the first extensive remarks by the world’s largest online retailer about its skirmish with Hachette […]

A New OA Publication From Nature Publishing Group: “Scientific Data” Launches with First Data Descriptors

From NPG: Open access publication Scientific Data has launched online today, publishing its first eight Data Descriptors across fields including neuroscience, ecology and epidemiology. Scientific Data is the latest open research initiative from Nature Publishing Group. Data Descriptors, Scientific Data’s article type, are peer-reviewed, scientific publications that provide detailed descriptions of experimental and observational datasets, designed to maximize reuse and […]

Boston Library Consortium Says Upcoming Ebook Price Increases Appear to Be Price Gouging

A Letter to the Editor by the Boston Library Consortium was published today on The Chronicle of Higher Education web site and says an upcoming price increase for ebooks by some commercial publishers and university presses who participate in an ebook program that’s available to BLC members (academic libraries) “appears to be price gouging.” The complete letter runs […]