December 16, 2017

Genealogy: History: New Database of 41 Million Wills Filed in UK (Back to 1858) Now Online; Wills of Churchill, Turing, Dickens, Orwell and Others Accessible

Note: Although a full record is fee-based some basic details from a will are available at no charge. From the UK Gov: The wills of Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, Alan Turing and Beatrix Potter are among millions which have been made accessible to the public through a searchable online database. The government’s archive of 41 […]

New Zealand: Auckland Libraries’ Hit the Beach (Video)

It’s summertime in the Southern Hemisphere! From 3 News: Today was the first day of Auckland Council’s Beachside Bookbus initiative. Auckland Libraries’ mobile buses will be roaming beaches over the festive break encouraging people, and particularly new readers, to lose themselves in a book over summer. [Clip] [The Bookbus] will also be offering free wi-fi […]

Video: Duke University Libraries & PepsiCo K-12 Technology Mentor Program Bringing Info Tech to Area Schools

Note: The following program/partnership began in 2007. From a WRAL Report: A Duke University program is giving Durham students a chance to become published e-book authors. Kindergartners at Lakewood Elementary School in Durham have been learning to read “Green,” by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. [Clip] It’s one of the projects Duke University is sponsoring with its […]

Digitization: CBC Visits the Library and Archives Canada Preservation Centre

The Canadian Broadcasting Company recently visited the Library and Archives Canada Preservation Centre in Gatineau, Quebec for a segment that aired last night. From a the CBC: Library and Archives Canada is in the process of digitizing all soldiers’ records from the First World War, the most requested items in its collection. And it’s not […]

UNESCO Launches Open Access Curricula For Researchers And Librarians

From UNESCO: Within the overall framework of UNESCO Strategy on Open Access to scientific information and research and to take forward UNESCO’s leadership role in diffusing knowledge amongst its Member States, UNESCO has developed a set of manuals to facilitate capacity building of library and information professionals and researchers. [Clip] The OA curricula developed by […]

New Issue Alert: December 2014 Issue of “Information Technology and Libraries” is Now Online

Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) is published by LITA (Library and Information Technology Association). All items are available full text, PDF. TOC (Vol 33 No 4; December 2014) President’s Message: Twitter Nodes to Networks: Thoughts on the #litaforum by Rachel Vacek Articles Linking Libraries to the Web: Linked Data and the Future of the Bibliographic […]

Full Text Book: “Open Access and the Humanities”, A New Book to Read Online and/or Purchase

Here’s a recently published book (November 2014) written by Dr. Martin Paul Eve and published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) that might be of interest to some of our readers. Eve is a co-founder of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH), a project we’ve mentioned several times on infoDOCKET in the past year (some posts […]

New Article: “Reference Work in Special Collections: The Impact of Online Finding Aids at Florida State University Libraries” (Preprint)

The following approved for publication preprint is scheduled for publication in a 2015 issue of The Reference Librarian.  The full text article is now available online via the Florida State University DigiNole Commons repository. Title Reference Work in Special Collections: The Impact of Online Finding Aids at Florida State University Libraries Authors Burt Altman Florida […]

Lists: The Top 10 Most Popular Books on Twitter 2014

Quartz has published a list of the Top 10 most popular books (precisely, the most frequently mentioned titles) on Twitter for 2014. This Top 10 year-end list was provided by web-based book recommendation service BookVibe and is based on an analysis of over 80 million tweets. The Top Five of 2014 The Fault in our Stars […]

European Public Libraries Release Promo Video: “Libraries Change Lives”

We’re always interested in seeing/reading/learning about how libraries promote and brand themselves and the many services they provide to both current users as well as to those who are unaware of what public libraries have to offer. With that in mind… Public Libraries 2020, an initiative in the EU run by the Reading and Writing […]