December 15, 2017

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) Releases “Banned Book Week Handbook” and New Series of Discussion Guides

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Here are a couple of new resources from the CBLDF that will likely be of interest to many infoDOCKET readers. These materials are also being distributed at ALA in Las Vegas. Kudos to this important organization on the publication of the handbook and discussion guides. 1.CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook (16 pages; PDF) From the […]

Study Shows Wikipedia Rx Drug Pages Often Outdated, Inaccurate

Report about new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Here’s part of an iHealthBeat Summary: The researchers examined 22 drug safety warnings issued by FDA between 2011 and 2012 for an array of diseases and conditions, including hepatitis C, hypertension and leukemia. They then assessed the accuracy and timeliness of Wikipedia entries […]

Humanities: Harvard Library Shares Digital Files of Nine of Rare Childhood Brontë Manuscripts Online

From the Harvard Gazette: The tiny, hand-lettered, hand-bound books Charlotte and Branwell Brontë made as children surely qualify. Measuring about 2.5 by 5 centimeters, page after mini-page brims with poems, stories, songs, illustrations, maps, building plans, and dialogue. The books, lettered in minuscule, even script, tell of the “Glass Town Confederacy,” a fictional world the […]

Report: The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2014 Released, Pearson Tops List

Note: A summary document by Dr. Rüdiger Wischenbart includes analysis, insights, and charts from the Global Ranking 2014 report. Direct to The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2014 (10 pages; PDF) Top 10 Global Publishing Groups 1. Pearson 2. Elsevier 3. ThomsonReuters 4. Wolters Kluwer 5. Random House 6. Hachette Livre 7. McGraw-Hill Education […]

W3C Working Group Publishes Working Draft of Linked Data Platform 1.0 Primer

From a W3C Blog Post: The Linked Data Platform (LDP) Working Group has published a Working Draft of Linked Data Platform 1.0 Primer. This primer provides an introduction to the Linked Data Platform (LDP), with examples illustrating the principal concepts such as the notion of an LDP resource and the LDP container and how they […]

New Report: How Canadians Are Reading Digitally & Canadians Adopting Ebooks (Infographic)

From a Booknet Canada Blog Post: So, how are people reading digitally? We thought the answer would overwhelmingly be that they are reading on tablets but to our surprise, when we categorize the results by device type, we find that dedicated ebook readers, as in 2012, remain the preferred device. It is important to note […]

News Headlines and Announcements For Friday June 27, 2014

1. Collaboration: Ingram Will Integrate MyiLibrary eBook Platform with SirsiDynix eResource Central 2. Three Announcements from ProQuest ProQuest Will Launch Digital Archive Featuring 130+ Years of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, Database Will Include Tabular Data Converted into Excel Format Newspapers: 39 More Years (1946-1985) of of Atlanta Journal-Constitution Added to Papers Digital […]

Digital Humanities: Listen Online: “PennSound Transforms How Poetry is Taught the World Over”

From the U. of Pennsylvania: PennSound, a University of Pennsylvania-based online audio poetry website, is revolutionizing the way that educators teach poetry. Since its launch ten years ago, PennSound has amassed one of the largest collections of noncommercial poetry sound files on the Internet. The site offers more than 45,000 digital recordings of poems as […]

New York Public Library Receives First City Funding Increase ($4.4 Million) In Six Years

From NYPL:  The New York Public Library will receive a $4.4 million increase in city operating funds for Fiscal Year 2015, according to the new city budget, unveiled today by Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the New York City Council. The increase – the first for the system since Fiscal […]

NY Daily News Reports: “Queens Public Library Trustees Plan to Remove Thomas Galante as director — Then Give Him Consulting Job that Pays $800G”

UPDATE 3:30pm Queens library board cancels meeting about Thomas Galante’s $800,000 exit package (via NYDN) UPDATE Gov. Cuomo signs bill to reform operations at embattled Queens library system (via NYDN) From The New York Daily News: The trustees of the Queens Public Library have scheduled an emergency meeting for Thursday night to remove their controversial director Thomas […]