December 16, 2017

Reference: New Report and Data Files: “World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 2015″

From the U.S. State Dept.: This edition of World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers (WMEAT), WMEAT 2015, published in December 2015, covers the eleven-year period from 2002 through 2012, the most recent year for which final data for many parameters were available in 2015. It responds to a statutory requirement that the U.S. Department of […]

Taiwan: 12 Public Libraries Purchased 270,000 Books in Past Three Years & San Francisco Public Library Signs an MOU with New Taipei City Library

From the China Post: Twelve public libraries in the country purchased a total of 270,000 new books in the last three years, which have been borrowed by more than 620,000 people — meaning each new book has been borrowed 2.3 times on average — said the Ministry of Education on Monday. [Clip] The ministry commissioned […]

University of Southern Maine: Osher Map Library is Digitizing its Rare Globe Collection, Manipulate Globes Online

From the Portland Press-Herald: Some of the almost 300 globes at the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine have been hidden from public view for hundreds of years. Others were on display, but under glass or too fragile to handle. Now the library on the Portland campus is in the midst of […]

Northwestern University Engineering Students Fix Common Glitch in Digitization of Books Published Before 1700

From Northwestern U. News: Digitizing books published before 1700 has created an aesthetic as well as quite pragmatic “black-dot problem” in translated texts, with the word “love,” for example, showing up as “lo•e.” Taking the digital savvy of today’s age one step farther, Northwestern University engineering students in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied […]

Lists: Top Book Check Outs of 2015 at the New York Public Library (Systemwide, by Borough, by Branch)

From the NYPL: The New York Public Library has compiled the top books checked out in 2015 from its 92 branches in The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Leaving Time, a psychological thriller by bestselling author Jodi Picoult, led the 2015 list, followed by Paula Hawkins’s debut mystery novel The Girl on the Train and […]

A Misconfigured Database Causes 191 Million Voters’ Personal Info to Be Exposed

As you’ll read, research by three security experts have yet to find the person(s)/organization(s) responsible for the misconfiguration and exposure. An example of technology only being as good as the people who develop and IMPLEMENT it. Also, make sure to note the section of the article on public access to voter registration data available online. […]

Research Article: “A Survey Of Librarian Perceptions of Information Literacy Techniques”

Title A Survey Of Librarian Perceptions of Information Literacy Techniques Authors Simone L. Yearwood Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) Nancy M. Foasberg Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) Kenneth D. Rosenberg Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) Source Communications in Information Literacy Vol. 9, No. 2 (2015) Abstract […]

U.S. Copyright Office Announces DMCA “Operation” Study

Note: The official announcement of the DMCA study will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow (December 29, 2015). A copy was made available today in the FR’s Public Inspection File. UPDATE: Official Publication (via FR; December 29, 2015) From the Notice of Inquiry: The United States Copyright Office is undertaking a public study to […]

Reference: National Database of Shelter Animals Launched

From the USA Today: Millions of dogs and cats end up in animal shelters or rescues every year, but there are no comprehensive statistics on how many, how they got there, if they were adopted, if a rescue saved them or if their time ran out and they were euthanized. But a new website is […]

New Zealand: ‘Born-Digital’ Records a Minefield For Archivists

From ZDNet: Archivists, especially in the public sector, are struggling to manage digital records after a decade or more of ad hoc records management projects by individual government agencies, Archives New Zealand says. In response, the agency has developed an interim operating model and completed five “e-accessions” of digital records into the Government Digital Archive. […]