December 17, 2017

National Library of Argentina Cuts 240 Jobs

From The Guardian: The cuts at the Biblioteca Nacional, once run by Jorge Luis Borges, were announced last Tuesday to “tears and cries of outrage”, according to a report in La Nacion, which said that staff had been phoned by authorities throughout the day to be given the news, which caused “fainting and nervous breakdowns”. […]

A New Issue of Weave: Journal of Library User Experience is Now Online

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Volume 1, Issue 4 of Weave: Journal of Library User Experience, published by Michigan Publishing, is now available online. Weave is an open access publication. Direct to Table of Contents Direct to Full Text Articles Speed Matters: Performance Enhancements for Library Websites by Scott W. H. Young Anticipatory Design: Improving Search UX using Query Analysis […]

Higher Education: New Data: Number of Science and Engineering Graduate Students Increased 5.5% Between 2013-2014

New data from the National Science Foundation/National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. The number of science and engineering graduate students at U.S. academic institutions rose by 3 percent between 2013 and 2014, owing largely to a 13.1 percent increase in foreign graduate enrollment. According to a new report from the National Center for Science […]

Ukraine Government Ministers Approve Plan to Create National Electronic Library

From Interfax Ukraine: Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved a Strategy for Librarianship Development until 2025. The plan foresees a set up of Ukraine’s National Electronic Library, full computerization of Ukrainian libraries with Internet access. [Clip] As of today, only 3,300 Ukraine’s public libraries have access to the Internet, which accounts for 21% of all […]

News Roundup

1. Take a Look: Scholastic and Bloomsbury UK Reveal Cover of the Forthcoming Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ||| Hi-Res Version of Cover Available Here ||| News Release 2. University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) Partners with CS, Statistics to Offer First MOOC-based Master’s Degree […]

Reference: The National Security Archive Launches “Cyber Vault,” Access to Primary Gov Docs on Cyber Actitivty

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From Unredacted, National Security Archive Blog: [The] National Security Archive’s Cyber Vault – an online resource documenting various aspects of US government cyber activity, including hacking and defenses against hacking, cyber intelligence, and cyberwar. The Vault also includes documentation on foreign government and international organizations’ cyber activities. Currently numbering more than 150 curated items, the […]

More than 1200 Simon & Schuster Ebook Titles Now Available to Academic Library Market via New ProQuest Pilot Project

UPDATE: The pilot described below is available globally to academic libraries. From ProQuest and Simon & Schuster: Key titles from renowned publisher Simon & Schuster are now available for the first time to the academic library market as ebooks through ProQuest’s MyiLibrary platform. More than 1,200 titles in subject areas such as business, psychology, history, […]

Reference: New Data/Statistics: “Educational Attainment in the United States: 2015″

New from the U.S. Census. Released today. From a Report Summary: The percentage of Asians in the U.S. with a bachelor’s degree or higher rose to 54 percent in 2015, up from 38 percent in 1995, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, Asians and non-Hispanic whites were more likely […]

Final Report: Harvard Library’s Environmental Scan of Web Archiving

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From the Harvard Library: Managing born-digital material, including content that originated on the web, has been one of Harvard Library’s strategic priorities for FY15 and 16. As a result, the Web Archive Working Group has been gathering information to inform recommendations for a web archiving strategy for Harvard Library. One of the information-gathering activities the […]

Reference/Research: FAA Releases Updated UAS (Drone) Sighting Reports Data Files

From the Federal Aviation Administration: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) [recently] released an updated list of pilot, air traffic controller and citizen reports of possible encounters with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The latest report covers August 22, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Two MS MS Excel Spreadsheets are Now Available: Reported UAS Sightings (August 2015-January 2016) Reported […]