December 18, 2017

Archivists at University of Alaska Fairbanks are Working to Preserve Obsolete Recordings

From the University of Alaska Fairbanks: For decades, an old Webster-Chicago Electronic Memory recorder led a surprisingly anonymous existence in a corner of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Rasmuson Library archives. The device is easy to notice. It’s the size of a brawny toaster and is covered with a variety of old-fashioned switches, buttons and […]

California: “San Francisco Public Library Hosts Drag Queen Story Hour For Children”

The event mentioned below is part of an upcoming exhibition titled, “20 Years of the Queerest.Library.Ever.” celebrating the 2oth anniversary of the The James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center at the San Francisco Public Library. From SFGate/San Francisco Chronicle: What do drag queens and children have in common? They both find joy in wrapping themselves in […]

New Report: How Cities Can Grow the Maker Movement

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A new report including a maker movement timeline from the National League of Cities that some libraries/librarians might want to review and share with colleagues, government officials, and other members of their communities. From News Release/Summary: A new report [recently] released from the National League of Cities (NLC) examines the “maker movement” and identifies what […]

Open Data: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Releases 275 Geospatial Datasets Online

From Signal: DHS opened 275 geospatial datasets, half of the agency’s offerings through the ArcGIS Online program that manages the Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data (HIFLD) collection, David Alexander, a geospatial information officer at DHS, said during the Esri FedGIS conference this week in Washington, D.C. The agency’s HIFLD working group consists of more than 5,000 participants […]

News Roundup

1. Partnership: MIT Media Lab and MIT Press Launch Open Access Journal Utilizing PubPub Platform ||| Direct to Journal of Design and Science 2. Google Begins Offering Streetview Imagery of Sports Venues ||| Direct to More Streetview Collections 3. Library of Congress Acquires Drawings of Courtroom Drama (via NY Times) 4. New Manuscripts from the […]

Web Archiving at the National Library of Ireland

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This is the first of two blog posts by the National Library of Ireland (NLI). about their web archiving work. From the NLI Blog: The National Library works with our technical partner, the Internet Memory Foundation, to crawl and capture websites. For an organisation such as ourselves, with experience of preserving material for future generations […]

The National Library of Australia’s Wonderful Trove Discovery Service Receives Major Update

From the National Library of Australia: This is one of the largest updates in Trove hstory. Trove is now sporting a range of new features. 1. Make use of the new ‘Browse’ facility—choose from broad topics like state, title, date and category, and narrow your selection down to the article you want. 2. Navigate more […]

Forbes Publishes Interview with Elsevier CEO

From Forbes: Ron Mobed, the CEO of the scientific, technical and medical information business Elsevier,  is a long term thinker in a digital first environment – a space that isn’t generally known for extensive and deep consideration [Clip] Elsevier has four “value drivers” that are key to improving content, explains Mobed. Volume. “Enough volume for the customer […]

IFLA Releases Statement, Background Paper on “Right to Be Forgotten”

From the International Federation of Library Associations: The right to be forgotten raises issues for libraries including the integrity of and access to the historical record, freedom of access to information and freedom of expression, and individual privacy. Information on the public Internet may have value for the public or for professional researchers and so […]

National Library of Australia Releases 40,000 Hi-Res Public Domain Maps Online

From The Australian: The Canberra library has ­released 40,000, out-of-copyright maps in what it claims constitutes the world’s biggest library of free digitised historical maps. The surveys date from the late 15th century to 50 years ago and include the vast — maps of the globe — to the intimate — sketches of suburban backyards. […]