December 12, 2017

Washington: King County Library System Names Gary Wasdin New Exectutive Director

From the King County Library Sytem: After an exhaustive nationwide search conducted by The Hawkins Company and June Garcia LLC, the King County Library System [KCLS] Board of Trustees interviewed three finalists for its new Library Director. After reviewing all comment by staff and the public, the Trustees extended an offer to Gary Wasdin, Executive […]

European Union Wants Google to Remove “Right to Be Forgotten” Material From All Google Search Sites Worldwide

At the present time when Google removes material that is “to be forgotten” it’s only removed from .EU area domains (e.g. Google.fr ). Of course, any user of those versions of Google can simply go to Google.com or another to view the material that has been removed. From Bloomberg: Google will have to change how […]

Privacy: Twitter Begins Scanning Your Device For Apps You’ve Installed, Opt-Out Possible

From the AP: Twitter says it is now tracking what other apps its users have installed on their mobile devices so it can target content and ads to them better. San Francisco-based Twitter Inc. said Wednesday that users will receive a notification when the setting is turned on, and can opt out using settings on […]

IPTC Releases New Version of Organization’s Widely Used Photo Metadata Standard

The International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) announced yesterday (November 26, 2014) that a new version of their Photo Metadata Standard has been released and is available online. From the IPTC: IPTC announced today a new version of its Photo Metadata Standard, the most widely used standard to describe photos. It allows users to add precise […]

UMass Amherst Libraries Launch Retrospective Digitization Project

From UMass Amherst Libraries: The UMass Amherst Libraries have embarked on an ambitious program to digitize all theses and dissertations of the University. These research works have been available in electronic format since 1997 for dissertations and 2007 for theses, but public online access has not been available. Other dissertations and theses spanning more than […]

Listen Online: Internet Archive Founder Brewster Kahle Interviewed on New Zealand Radio

While on a trip to New Zealand to speak at the National Digital Forum 2014 Conference, the founder of the Internet Archive (to name only one of his many accomplishments), Brewster Kahle, was interviewed on Radio New Zealand’s “Nine To Noon” program. A recording of the interview is now available online and can streamed and/or […]

Toronto Libraries Collected $3 Million In Fines Last Year

From Inside Toronto: City libraries collected nearly $3 million in fines last year, but though librarians are taught waiving fines “is permitted only in an exceptional situation,” the system forgave more than $375,500 in 2013. [Clip] The report [we’ve embedded a copy below], requested in May by the Toronto Public Library Board and presented at […]

Georgetown University Library Joins HathiTrust

From the Georgetown University Library is Washington DC: The Georgetown University Library has become the newest member of HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. Membership in HathiTrust gives all Georgetown users advanced options […]

Illinois: Niles Public Library Adopts New, Stricter Internet Filtering Policy For Computers and Wi-Fi Network

Note: Niles, IL is located just north of the the City of Chicago. From the Niles Spectator: The Niles Public Library Board of Trustees has adopted a stricter filtering policy that will block library all computers and devices connected to its Internet network from accessing certain content. The new policy, which was adopted during the […]

UK: New Report Looks at the Overhead Costs to Universities of Open Access

A new report commissioned by SPARC Europe and others follows. From SPARC Europe: SPARC Europe and London Higher, an organisation of universities in London, have jointly commissioned a study by Research Consulting into the overhead costs to universities of complying with the RCUK Open Access policy. RCUK’s policy ‘prefers’ Gold OA and RCUK has awarded […]