December 15, 2017

The Library Privacy Project and TOR Project Begin Library Exit Node Pilot

From a Library Privacy Project Blog Post by Alison Macrina: Today, we’re excited to announce a new initiative, a collaboration between the Library Freedom Project and Tor Project: Tor exit relays in libraries. Nima Fatemi, the Tor Project member who’s already helped Library Freedom Project in a number of ways, is our main partner on […]

Open Access: U.S. Senate Committee Passes Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (FASTR)

Portions of two statements (and links to full text) follow. You can track the FASTR legislation (S.779) by using GovTrack.us. From SPARC: The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) today passed S. 779, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, unanimously by voice vote and moved it to the full […]

No Rooms, Only Books: “The Library Hotel, Japan’s Latest Concept for Tourists”

From Relaxnews (via CBC): Have you always dreamed of staying in a library after hours? Japan has the solution: a library hotel, the “Book and Bed Hotel,” will open this fall. The owners have partners with Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers, a publishing house that has agreed to provide all the books and other reading materials […]

News Roundup

1. University of Rhode Island Libraries Introduce New Catalog (Primo) 2. Dept. of Homeland Security Releases Proposed Changes to Their FOIA Regulations (via Fed. Register) 3. OpenTheGovernment.org Joins the Day of Action Opposing Cybersecurity Bill ||| Stop CISA (via AALL)  |||Read the Bill 4. OCLC: WorldCat Discovery Service Adds Formatted Citations & Announces More Time […]

Video Recording: Panel Discussion at Wikimedia Foundation: “Copyright in the Era of Mass Digitization”

Last night (July 28, 2015) a panel discussion organized by the Wikimedia Foundation and titled, “Copyright in the Era of Mass Digitization” took place at Wikimedia HQ in San Francisco. The event was also streamed live as a Google Hangout and a recording is now available on YouTube and embedded below. It runs about 90 […]

Report from the Smithsonian Libraries: “Increasing Accessibility with the ‘MARC Cocktail'”

From a Guest Blog Post by Lesley Parilla, on the Smithsonian Libraries “Unbound” Blog: What is a library to do when it has fabulous materials to share with users, but making library records for each item requires significantly more time than a typical collection? This was the challenge of the Russell E. Train Africana collection. […]

New Analysis From Pew Research: “15% of Americans Don’t Use the Internet. Who are They?”

From Pew Research: For many Americans, going online is an important way to connect with friends and family, shop, get news and search for information. Yet today, 15% of U.S. adults do not use the internet, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of survey data. The size of this group has changed little […]

National Association of College Stores Study Shows Continued Decline in Annual Student Spending on Course Materials

From NACS: National Association of College Stores’ (NACS) twice-yearly survey of college students in the U.S. The study, Student Watch: Attitudes and Behaviors toward Course Materials: Spring 2015 shows that average annual spending by students on required course materials has dropped from $701 in 2007/2008 to $563 in 2014/2015. The $563 average also dropped approximately […]

UK: “Libraries Taskforce Secures Further Funding To Roll Out Free Wifi in Public Libraries Across England”

From the UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport Arts Council England announces £7.1million [$11.08 million/USD]to ensure all public libraries in England will offer free wifi access by March 2016. Libraries currently without free wifi access will be given priority and libraries that currently have wifi provision below the recommended technical specification will also have […]

Open Access: From the UK: “OA Good Practice Pathfinder Update: Spring 2015″

Note: The pathfinder linked below (produced by the UK’s JISC) targets those in the UK academic community we believe the Pathfinder initiative will be of interest to some of you regardless of location. Direct to Full Text Update OA Good Practice Pathfinder Update: Spring 2015: Supporting Universities’ Open Access Implementation Through Sharing Examples Of Good […]