December 15, 2017

Listen Here: Edmonton Public Library Will Begin Offering Free Downloads of Music by Local Musicians in April

Background: While this is the first project of it’s kind to launch in Canada we’ve posted about similar project in other locations during the past couple years. Projects Include: Denver, CO Ann Arbor, MI Iowa City, IA Nationally, in New Zealand From the Edmonton Journal: Fifty albums will be available for free when capitalcityrecords.ca launches […]

Pilot Project: Three Chicago Public Library Branches Will Begin Lending Internet Routers and Tablets Next Month

From the Chicago Sun-Times: Chicagoans using three branch libraries — Brighton Park, Greater Grand Crossing and Douglass — will be able to check out Wi-Fi “hotspot” devices and tablets along with their books, periodicals and movies, thanks to $575,000 in grants tailor-made to bridge the digital divide. [Clip] Each of the three branch libraries will […]

Special Collections: U. of Illinois Library System Has Unique Collection Of Indian Comic Books

From the U. of Illinois News Bureau: The artwork in the comic books would look familiar to any comic book fan. A well-muscled, green-skinned man and a Wonder Woman-type character square off against several figures with the faces of humans and bodies of snakes. There are explosions, a superhero climbing up the outside of a […]

The Library of Congress Added Seven New Members to Electronic Cataloging in Publication Cataloging Partnership Program in 2014

From LC: The Library of Congress announced today that it added seven new members to its Electronic Cataloging in Publication Cataloging Partnership Program in 2014, including its first digital publisher. Since 2009, the Cataloging in Publication Program (CIP) has actively recruited libraries that are members of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (NACO and BIBCO) programs […]

Ebooks: Oyster Adds All Harry Potter and Hogwarts Library Books (10 Titles) to Subscription Service

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The ten books (seven Harry Potter, three Hogwarts Library) became available via the all you can read ebook subscription service today. Unlike library ebooks subscription services provide access to all books in their collection at all times. In other words, never a wait. From Oyster: Make sure your Oyster app is updated to version 1.9 […]

LYRASIS to Become Exclusive North American Membership Partner for Open Library of Humanities

From a LYRASIS Announcement: LYRASIS is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership to become the exclusive membership and administrative agent for the Open Library of Humanities in North America. With a strong history of productive partnerships in the open access field, including Knowledge Unlatched, Reveal Digital, and SCOAP3, LYRASIS is at […]

New Research Paper: Analyzing Data Citation Practices According to the Data Citation Index (Preprint)

The following research paper has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST). Title Analyzing Data Citation Practices According To The Data Citation Index Authors Nicolas Robinson-Garcia Universidad de Granada, Spain Evaristo Jiménez-Contreras Universidad de Granada, Spain Daniel Torres-Salinas Universidad de Navarra, Spain Source via arXiv Abstract […]

Major Cuts Proposed for Indiana State Library Budget, Remotely Accessible Databases and Genealogy Department Targeted

Word via Fred Moss on the Records Preservation and Access Committee Blog from the Federation of Genealogical Societies. From the Blog Post: With a more than $2 billion state budget surplus, the 2015 state budget proposed by the administration provides for  a 25% cut to the Indiana State Library’s funding.  This proposal specifically targets cuts […]

Cornell University Library’s Hip Hop Collection to Go Digital

From the Cornell Daily Sun: Anyone with access to the Internet will soon be able to view a collection of historical rap and hip hop documents — which includes 500 vinyl recordings and approximately 100,000 newspaper and magazine articles — by the end of 2015, according to Katherine Reagan, curator of the Division of Rare […]

New Full Text Document: UNESCO and SciELO Launch New Publication on 15 Years Of Open Access

From UNESCO: The publication provides a detailed account on the origin, context, significance and raison d’être of SciELO – Scientific Electronic Library Online, which is a model for cooperative electronic publishing of scientific journals on the Internet. The publication summarizes the contribution of SciELO in scientific communication, notes its efficient ways to assure universal visibility […]