October 20, 2017

“DATA Act” Standards to Improve Quality, Consistency of Data Available on USAspending.gov Finalized

From The White House Blog: The Federal Government produces a large quantity of spending data, but it is housed in disconnected and siloed systems under various formats using different standards. These fragmentations limited the public’s ability to gain a complete picture of Federal spending. Providing clear and consistent, or standard, information on how taxpayer dollars […]

Reference: Two Recently Published Background/Overview Reports About Terrorism Using Data From the Global Terrorism Database (GTD)

Two new background/overview reports from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) based at the University of Maryland (College Park). START is the publisher of the Global Terrorism Database (GTD), an open-source resource. These reports include charts, data tables, and maps. 1. “Overview: Terrorism in 2014″ 6 pages; PDF. […]

EFF, Creative Commons, Authors Alliance, KEI, and New Media Rights Send Letter to U.S. Trade Representative Re: Orphan Works

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: The United States’ excessive copyright terms have led to an orphan works crisis in this country. Tens of thousands of books, films, music recordings, and other cultural works across decades have been made completely inaccessible by copyright’s strict monopoly, which can last more than 140 years. That casts a shroud […]

NISO Publishes Primer on Research Data Management, First in a New Series of Primer Publications

From the National Information Standards Organization: The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has launched a new Primer Series on information management technology issues with the publication of the first primer on the topic of Research Data Management. [Clip] The primer on Research Data Management provides an overview of how data management has changed in recent […]

Only Known Manuscript of an Early Version of ‘Happy Birthday’ Song Discovered in a University of Louisville Library

OnFrom U. of Louisville: The only known manuscript of Louisville native Mildred Hill’s song “Good Morning to All,” which evolved into the world-famous “Happy Birthday” song, was recently uncovered in the Dwight Anderson Memorial Music Library at the University of Louisville. Hill, along with her sister Patty, co-authored the piece originally known as “Good Morning […]

New Research Article (Preprint) “Building Virtually Free Subject Area Expertise through Social Media: An Exploratory Study”

The following preprint is scheduled for publication in the July 2016 issue of College & Research Libraries. Title Building Virtually Free Subject Area Expertise through Social Media: An Exploratory Study Authors Brian K. Kooy Georgia State University Source via College & Research Libraries website Abstract Central to the ongoing success of the liaison model is […]

IMLS Announces 276 Grants, $14.16 Million for Libraries in the United States

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced 276 grants to institutions totaling $14,165,292. The grants were awarded through six programs: National Leadership Grants for Libraries, Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries, Native American Library Services Basic, Native American Library Services Enhancement, Native Hawaiian Library […]

Collaboration in Canada: Public Libraries in Nova Scotia Expand Collection of Ebooks by Local Authors

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From the Province of Nova Scotia: The Nova Scotia Provincial Library, Halifax Public Libraries, and the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association have collaborated to provide greater access to the region’s ebooks through a project called Read Local. “This innovative project puts hundreds of Atlantic Canadian authored and published ebooks onto Nova Scotia library users’ devices,” said […]

University of California: Berkeley’s First 24/7 Library Space in the Works

The architecture for the project discussed in the article is Gensler. They also designed the Facebook HQ and Terminal at the San Francisco International Airport. From Berkeley News: While the grand opening isn’t until fall 2016, work already has begun to revitalize outdated Moffitt Undergraduate Library and create UC Berkeley’s first 24-hour library space. [Clip] […]

Special Collections: “LGBT Archive at USC Preserves Personal Stories From a Hidden Past

From the Los Angeles Times: The ONE [National Gay and Lesbian] Archives is believed to be the world’s largest collection of LGBT artifacts, including personal items from photo albums and letters to diaries. While the LGBT rights movement has made tremendous strides in recent years, gay history is little known because it was kept out […]