December 12, 2017

Say Hello to “Amber”, A New, Free Digital Preservation Tool for Web Content Publishers From Harvard’s Berkman Center

From Today’s Announcement: The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to release Amber, a free software tool for WordPress and Drupal that preserves content and prevents broken links. When installed on a blog or website, Amber can take a snapshot of the content of every linked page, ensuring that even […]

Copyright: New From U.S. Dept. of Commerce: “White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages”

From USPTO/Dept. of Commerce News Release: The report issued today by the U.S. Department of Commerce recommends amendments to copyright law that would provide both more guidance and greater flexibility to courts in awarding statutory damages. The recommended amendments would ensure continued meaningful protection for intellectual property while preserving the dynamic innovation that has made […]

News Roundup

1. Edwin Schroeder Reappointed as Director of Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (via Yale Daily News) 2. ICYMI: Top 20 Searches on Europeana in 2015 3. UK: £40m University of Reading Library Modernization Approved (via getreading) Note: £40m converts to approximately $57 million/USD.

University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) Law Books Will Now Have Exact Print-Replica PDFs

LFrom Oxford University Press/UPSO: Oxford University Press is delighted to announce a new functionality update in UPSO’s Law publishing. After listening to requests and feedback from our customers, we will be ensuring that all of the high-quality law books on University Press Scholarship Online will offer exact print-replica PDFs. This development has been implemented primarily to […]

Research Article: “Beyond Books: The Extended Academic Benefits of Library Use for First-Year College Students” (Preprint)

The following approved for publication research article is scheduled for final publication in the January 1, 2017 issue of College and Research Libraries (C&RL). Title Beyond Books: The Extended Academic Benefits of Library Use for First-Year College Students Authors Krista M. Soria University of Minnesota Jan Fransen University of Minnesota Shane Nackerud University of Minnesota […]

Members Vote to Dissolve Canadian Library Association, First Step to Create New Unified National Library Advocacy Organization

Full Text of CLA’s Announcement: Today the Canadian Library Association (CLA) took the first formal step to establish a new unified national library advocacy organization. CLA has been the national voice of the Canadian library community since 1946 and has profoundly changed the awareness of libraries and advanced many issues of critical importance to libraries […]

New Report From UK: “From Bricks to Clicks – The Potential of Data and Analytics in Higher Education”

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The following report, “From Bricks to Clicks – The Potential of Data and Analytics in Higher Education” was formally released yesterday by the Higher Education Commission in the United Kingdom. The report is divided into three parts: 1. Context (Including a Brief Intro to Big Data) 2. Current Landscape 3. Future Trends (Including Discussions About […]

Wisconsin Appeals Court Upholds University Library Porn Citation

From the AP (via La Crosse Tribune): An Eau Claire man didn’t have a constitutional right to view pornography on a university library computer, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday. The case began in December 2014, when two students doing their homework in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire library noticed David Reidinger, then 45, was […]

New Q3 2015 AAP Data Shows Continued Rise of Downloaded Audiobooks While Ebook Sales Decline

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New data from the the AAP (Association of American Publishers). NOTE: Figures represent publishers’ net revenue for the U.S. (i.e. what publishers sell to bookstores, direct to consumer, online venues, etc.), and are not retailer/consumer sales figures. Publishers’ book sales for the first three quarters of the year (Jan. –  Sept. 2015) were down 2.0% […]

California: The First Class Of LA Public Library’s Online High School Completion Program Earns Diplomas

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From MyNewsLA: More than two dozen students who took part in an online high school completion program offered by the Los Angeles Public Library received diplomas Tuesday at a ceremony attended by Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city officials [Clip] City Librarian John Szabo said “the library is changing lives in a very big way.” The […]