October 23, 2017

Wikipedia Begins Beta Testing of “Other Projects Sidebar” & Adds Search Syntax

A couple of items we discovered via the latest edition of the Wikimedia Engineering Report (September 1, 2014). 1. You can now opt-in and participate in a beta test of the “Other Projects Sidebar” with links provided by WikiData. From a Wikimedia Mailing List: [Opting-in] will add a new section to the sidebar of an […]

Labor Day 2014: Fast Facts About Workers, Working, and Jobs in the U.S.

Here are a few examples of what you’ll find in the complete Labor Day  2014 “Fact for Features” roundup compiled by the U.S. Census. 155.6 million Number of people 16 and over in the nation’s labor force in May 2013. Top 3 Largest Occupations 2012 (Full Report Lists Top 10) 1. Retail salespeople Number of […]

New Fines, Trouble With E-Books Helped Complaints Spike In 2012 at Toronto Public Library

From the The Star (Toronto): Library records obtained by the Star show complaints leapt to 7,627 in 2012, from just 2,191 in 2011, but dropped back to 3,875 in 2013 as patrons adapted to the changes. In each of those years, the library had about 19 million visits. Circulation complaints, which include issues involving fines, […]

OCLC Research Posts Results of International Linked Data Survey, Examples Too!

The first two posts in a news series on the Hanging Together Blog from OCLC Research. Those of you interested in linked data will want to take a look at the findings and then visit many of the projects. Post one features results from the OCLC Research International Linked Data Survey. Post two provides examples […]

Tennessee: “Thousands Misspent at Chattanooga Public Library as Director, Top Aides Cited in Report”

Note: We have reached out to the librarians mentioned in this story to let them know we would be happy to share their comments (at any time) on this story. Look for updates on infoDOCKET. From the Chattanooga Times Free Press (758 Words): City Auditor Stan Sewell’s report released to city officials Wednesday criticizes Chattanooga […]

Wow! An Intro to the Internet Archive Book Images Collection (2.6 Million Historic Copyright-Free Images) Available on Flickr

UPDATE: Internet Archive Joins The Commons on Flickr As you’ll read below the technology to prepare and upload these images to Flickr is is the work of one person. Impressive!!! Of course, credit also to the Internet Archive for digitizing the books and making them accessible to all. From the BBC: An American academic is […]

Cool! 3D-Printed Books Make Pictures Real for Blind Children

From New Scientist: A new project is printing Braille picture books for visually impaired children. Each page turns the pictures from the original book into raised 3D shapes alongside traditional Braille text. “The advantage of 3D-printing is really about making one-of-a-kind objects,’ says Tom Yeh, who heads up the Tactile Picture Books Project at the […]

Reference: Congressional Research Service Publishes Report About Ebola Outbreak

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on the Ebola Virus was published on Tuesday and made accesible to the public today by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). Direct to Full Text Report: The 2014 Ebola Outbreak: International and U.S. Responses (26 pages; PDF) Additionally, Oxford University Press is providing free access to a number […]

“Research Hub” and Makerspace Open Inside Two U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries

From the UNC Library News and Events Blog: From geographic information systems and visualization, to 3D printing, digital archiving, data management, and more, librarians at the Research Hub can connect you with the expertise, tools, and training that will propel your research in new directions. Research Hub locations are now open in Davis Library and […]

Social Media Metrics: Twitter Opens Analytics Access To All Users

From Martin Beck at Marketing Land: The feature — previously only available to advertisers, Twitter Card publishers and verified users — provides detailed information about how tweets are performing, showing impressions, clicks, retweets and replies for each tweet as well as monthly engagement and engagement rates for an account. [Clip] Today’s change was noted in […]