December 16, 2017

Calfornia: San Diego’s Central Library Celebrates First Birthday

From the San Diego Union-Tribune: In the era of Google and Netflix, smartphones and tablets, why should we have large urban libraries? “The library has exceeded our expectations, and we had high expectations,” said Mel Katz, immediate past chair of the San Diego Public Library Foundation, citing rising circulation figures and SRO attendance at library […]

Highlights From: “The Survey of Library Database Licensing Practices, 2014-15 Edition”

Recently published by The Primary Research Group. The Survey of Library Database Licensing Practices, 2014-15 Edition: The report looks closely at how libraries organize their database procurement and processing bureaucracy, pinpointing the number of positions devoted to digital information, and staff time spent on tasks such as procurement and invoice processing.  The report is particularly […]

The New Issue of The Journal of Electronic Publishing Focuses on Publishing Metrics

The new issue of The Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) (Vol 17, No 3) was made available online in the past day. Articles Include: Editor’s Note [17.3] by Maria Bonn The Imperative for Open Altmetrics by Stacy Konkiel, Heather Piwowar, and Jason Priem Measuring Openness and Evaluating Digital Academic Publishing Models: Not Quite the Same […]

Colorado: Clearview Library District Changes Weapons in the Library Policy

From The Coloradan: The Clearview Library District officially changed its rules Thursday, Sept. 25, to allow patrons to legally carry concealed guns in the library. The library board voted unanimously Thursday evening to update the district’s conduct policy to prohibit “open carrying of firearms and weapons; carrying a concealed firearm with a firearm without a […]

Unizin Pilots Open Content Repositories

From Today’s Unizin Announcement: Unizin, a university-owned and directed consortium that provides standards-based Digital Education infrastructure for its members, announced that it is working with Blackboard and Instructure to connect their content platforms with the Unizin Content Relay. Ed. Note: Unizin’s founding partners are Colorado State University, Indiana University, the University of Florida and the […]

Congress.gov Concludes Beta and Adds New Features, Enhancements

Two years ago Congress.gov launched in beta. Today, the beta label was removed and as Andrew Weber from the Law Library of Congress points out in this blog post the end of the Congress.gov beta after two years is three years quicker than it took Google to end the Gmail beta.* The remainder of Weber’s […]

Three Midwest Univesities Begin Adding Bibliographic Data to English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC)

From The Daily Northwestern: Graduate student Andrew Keener has launched a project to report the historic works to the English Short Title Catalogue, a database that lists materials published between 1473 and 1800. [Clip] This initiative is one of the Global Midwest Projects within the larger Humanities Without Walls consortium. The project seeks to make the resources that Midwestern […]

The Library of Congress Releases United States Election 2010 Web Archive

From LC: The United States Election 2010 Web Archive Archive is a selective collection of approximately 1,250 sites archived between July 2010 and December 2010. This is a collection of Web sites produced by congressional and gubernatorial candidates whose names appeared on ballots for the November 2, 2010 midterm election. In previous United States Election […]

ALPSP Has Just Released a Special Issue of “Learned Publishing” Devoted to Research Data, All Articles Open Access

This special issue of Learned Publishing from the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) is open access. You do not have to register/subscribe to read the full text articles. From an Introductory ALPSP Blog Post: Produced with the support of Wiley, this collection of papers represents a snapshot of current thinking about research […]

News Briefs

1. Updated Version of 3M Cloud Library App Released (Android Only, iOS Version Coming Soon) (via TwinCities.com) 2. Report: Netflix Streaming Up 350% in Last 10 Quarters (via PC World) Additional material here. 3. The Economist Provides a Look at the World of Open Access Publishing 3. Ebook Reader Forecast For Germany (via boersenblatt.net) Note: […]