December 10, 2017

University of Virginia: “McGregor Library Offers Rare Digital History of the Americas”

From UVA: The University of Virginia has long offered public access to the rare and beautiful volumes of the McGregor Library, but until 2013 they could only be studied in Charlottesville. Now, thanks to a $245,000 grant from the McGregor Fund, researchers can access the library’s valuable primary documents, which focus on the European discovery […]

Snapchat Makes Major Changes to Their Privacy Policy

UPDATE: Snapchat has published this blog post with their reasons for the changes. From Quartz: The company’s new privacy policy and terms of service dramatically broaden the scope of what it can do with users’ photos and likeness. People must agree to the new terms in order to use a new app update released Oct. […]

Conference Paper: “Beyond Google Analytics: Using the ‘Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources’…”

The following paper will be presented on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Metrics: 2015: Workshop on Informetric and Scientometric Research (an ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2015 pre-conference event) Full Title Beyond Google Analytics: Using the ‘Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources’ to embed metrics and gauge use of regional digital collections Authors Virginia A. […]

Election Results: Anne Kenney, Winston Tabb, and Beth McNeil to Serve on HathiTrust Board of Governors

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From HT: The members of HathiTrust have elected three individuals to serve on its Board of Governors beginning on January 1, 2016. Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch Librarian, Cornell University, and Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, will serve three-year terms that end in December 2018. Beth McNeil, Dean of Library […]

New Document: The British Library’s Collection Metadata Strategy 2015-2018

The full title of the document (8 pages; PDF) is: Unlocking The Value: The British Library’s Collection Metadata Strategy 2015-2018. From the Summary: “Our vision is that by 2020 the Library’s collection metadata assets will be comprehensive, coherent, authoritative and sustainable, enabling their full value to be unlocked for improved content management, greater collaboration and […]

Halloween Facts and Stats From the U.S. Census

The 2015 Halloween “Facts For Features” compilation is loaded with interesting facts and data with each item linked to its source. For example: 41.2 million The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2014 — children age 5 to 14 — across the U.S. Of course, many other children — older than 14 and younger than […]

Metadata: Enriching Europeana, A New EuropeanaTech Task Force Report

From a Europeana Professional Blog Post: Semantic metadata enrichments can be hugely beneficial for searching Europeana in different languages and adding context to resources accessible via Europeana. Add enrichments that are incorrect or ambiguous, however, and the benefits can be reversed, spreading errors across multiple languages and harming the retrieval performance. A report from a […]

Russia: “Employees of Raided Ukrainian Library in Moscow Say They Were Framed”

UPDATED November 2: Russian Libraries Put Under House Arrest as She Awaits Trial (via Human Rights Watch) Late at night on October 30, a court in Moscow ruled to have the library director, Natalia Sharina, put under house arrest pending trial. Russian authorities have detained the director of the Moscow Library of Ukrainian Literature, apparently […]

Leiden University Libraries and Brill Digitize 80,000 Pages of Medieval Manuscripts

From a Joint Announcement: Brill and Leiden University Libraries are proud to present the publication of the famous Latin manuscripts of Isaac Vossius under the title Codices Vossiani Latini Online. The medieval manuscripts collection held by Leiden University Libraries is internationally renowned for its breadth and depth. Without doubt, the most valuable part consists of […]

Digitization: NEH Releases Guidelines For 2016 National Digital Newspaper Program Grants

The guidelines were released by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) earlier this week. From the NEH Announcement: The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) guidelines for 2016 are now available online [and embedded below]. The deadline for submitting proposals is January 14, 2016. Program awardees participate in the creation of a national, digital resource […]