December 17, 2017

New Article Reports on the Digitization of a Rare Book Collection at University of Illinois (UIUC)

From The Daily Illini: In the third floor of the University Main Library, staff members from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library are working to catalog and digitize a collection of around 20,000 books and manuscripts. Official cataloging began after receiving funding this past winter. The collection has been housed at the University of Illinois […]

From Fee to Free: Google Earth Pro Becomes a Free Resource

From the Google Lat Long Blog: Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world. Starting today, even more people will be […]

South Korea: Public Libraries Evolve Into Cultural Complexes

Inside Korea/Korea.net visits four public libraries in South Korea. This article includes many photographs. From the Article: There are a number of children playing in the indoor playground. There is also a breastfeeding room. Visitors can access free WiFi anywhere in the building for their information technology (IT) gadgets. There are free lectures on the […]

Video: A Fire at One of Russia’s Largest Academic Libraries Causes Extensive Damage

UPDATE February 1, 2015 From The NY Times: Vladimir Fortov, president of Russia’s Academy of Sciences said on Saturday that the scene “reminds one of Chernobyl” and estimated that 15 percent of the 10 million volumes and materials in the library, which he compared to the Library of Congress, had been damaged. (via NY Times) […]

The New York Times Profiles NYPL Reference Librarian, Matthew Boylan

It’s not all that often we see a nearly one thousand word profile of a working librarian in The New York Times but today is one of those days. Awesome! Get to know Matthew Boylan and his work as a member of the Ask N.Y.P.L virtual reference service. From the Article: Mr. Boylan and the eight other […]

EBSCO Introduces Explora, A New EBSCOhost User Interface Available for Public Library and K-12 School Library Markets

Here’s Some of What EBSCO Has to Say in Their Introductory Announcement: EBSCO designed Explora following a series of user research studies with the goal of better assisting students in completing research and classroom assignments and providing a more intuitive search experience for public library patrons. Multiple versions of Explora will be released for schools […]

Program For Cooperative Cataloging Publishes Strategic Directions 2015-2017

The Program For Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) (based at the Library of Congress) is (in their words): …an international cooperative effort aimed at expanding access to library collections by providing useful, timely, and cost-effective cataloging that meets mutually-accepted standards of libraries around the world. Programs include: Monographic Bibliographic Record Cooperative Program (BIBCO) Cooperative Online Serials Program (CONSER) […]

Ingram Announces Plans to Release New Web-Based Interactive Collection Analysis Tool Powered by Edelweiss Analytics

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News about a new analytics product coming soon from Ingram. Ingram Library Services Inc., an Ingram Content Group Inc.company, expands the services it provides libraries with the addition of timely analytics and data powered by Above the Treeline’s Edelweiss Analytics, a web-based, interactive collection analysis tool. It gives libraries access to the most accurate and […]

Coming This Summer: ebrary and EBL Will Be Integrated Into a New Platform, ProQuest E-Book Central

Today, ProQuest is announcing the name of their new ebook platform that is scheduled to launch in mid-2015. A beta program will be announced soon. From ProQuest: ProQuest Ebook Central will feature a user-centered design that will improve ebook research and management experiences from end to end. Product engineers are working in close collaboration with […]

Winners of Knight News Challenge on Libraries Announced, More than $3 Million Going to 22 Innovative Projects

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CONGRATS to all of the winners as well as everyone else who participated in the process!!! Expect more info about these projects soon! We will also be tracking there progress. At the bottom of this post we’ve embedded a five minute video (from the Knight Fdn) about the projects receiving funding. Two Categories of Winners/Recipients 1. […]