December 14, 2017

Louise Page Named New Publisher at Public Library of Science (PLOS)

From the PLOS Web Site: PLOS today announces the appointment of a new Publisher responsible for building on PLOS’ first class publishing operation while overseeing publishing services, production operations, business development, strategy, product management and other departments. Following a thorough and rigorous search, PLOS named Louise Page to the position, effective December 1, 2015. Page […]

Art History: “Second Half of Knoedler Gallery Stock Books Database Now Online”

From the Getty Iris Blog: In September 2014, the Getty Research Institute launched an expanded dealer stock book database, providing access to stock books 1 through 6 of the Knoedler Gallery, covering 1872 to 1920. The editors of the Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance (PSCP) are happy to share that the second […]

Reference Resource: New Online Database Visualizes, Reveals Terrorist Networks and Behavior Over Time

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New online from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) located at the University of Maryland. From the START Web Site: National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) has launched the Big Allied and Dangerous (BAAD) online platform. The innovative new tool features updated, […]

Federal Elections Commission (FEC) Launches Beta.FEC.gov

Beta.FEC.gov debuted today. From the site: We’re designing this site in phases. This allows us to launch new features faster than releasing a completely redesigned fec.gov. The official site for FEC data is still the Campaign Finance Disclosure Portal. What’s Available Today on the Beta Site Campaign Finance Data (Using Beta Design, Interface) See how […]

Privacy: The Tor Project Launches New Beta of Tor Instant Messaging Client

From the Tor Blog: Tor Messenger is a cross-platform chat program that aims to be secure by default and sends all of its traffic over Tor. It supports a wide variety of transport networks, including Jabber (XMPP), IRC, Google Talk, Facebook Chat, Twitter, Yahoo, and others; enables Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging automatically; and has an easy-to-use […]

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Launching Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences

From RIT: A bachelor’s degree in digital humanities and social sciences – the first of its kind in the nation – will combine core liberal arts studies with technical courses such as computer programming to better prepare graduates for employment. Students will be registered in Fall 2016. [Clip] The students majoring in digital humanities and […]

Washington: Seattle Public Library Board Votes Against New Logo and Name Change

Note: For background on this story, see these two infoDOCKET posts: Thumbs Down on Proposed Seattle Public Library Name Change (October 21, 2015) The Seattle Public Library Considers Name Change (September 19, 2015) From The Stranger (October 29, 2015): Last night, the Seattle Public Library’s board of trustees—these five people—met to take a vote on […]

U.S. Department of Education Begins Campaign to Encourage Schools to Use Open Education Resources (OER)

From the U.S. Dept. of Education: The U.S. Department of Education announced today the launch of #GoOpen, a campaign to encourage states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials. As part of the campaign, the Department is proposing a new regulation that would require all copyrightable intellectual property created with Department grant […]

Pew Internet Releases 2015 Device Ownership Statistics, 68% of Americans Have Smartphones; 45% Have Tablets

From Pew Internet: Today, 68% of U.S. adults have a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011, and tablet computer ownership has edged up to 45% among adults, according to newly released survey data from the Pew Research Center.1 Smartphone ownership is nearing the saturation point with some groups: 86% of those ages 18-29 have a smartphone, […]

Connecticut: “Library Funding Cuts Prompt Regionalization Questions”

From West Hartford News: Another reduction in state funding has Connecticut libraries questioning whether they can continue a model that emphasizes local control. The legislature restored some of the cuts proposed earlier this year by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, including one that would have eliminated the program allowing Connecticut residents to check out books from […]