December 17, 2017

Research Tools: OCCRP Launches New Search Engine for Investigative Journalists

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From the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP): The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a non-profit network of investigative journalism centers in Europe and Eurasia, has launched a new data platform to enable journalists and researchers to sift more than 2 million documents and use the findings in their investigations. People using […]

University of Southern Maine’s Osher Map Library Profiled in NEH Magazine

From the NEH Article (approx 2500 words): Close to 90 percent of the library’s 7,000 sheet maps have been scanned and are available online, but the vast majority are in bound atlases, only 10 percent of which have been digitized to date. To create these high-quality images, two digital-imaging technicians are kept busy turning ancient […]

Reference Shelf: “International First Aid and Resuscitation Guidelines 2016″ (International Federation of Red Cross)

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From the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: Each year, National Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies train more than 15 million people in first aid. There are currently more than 180,000 active first aid trainers serving their communities, making first aid available for all. Why is this so important? Because when […]

New Reference and Research Resource: Culture Crime News Database of Antiquities and Art Crime Reports

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The creator/developer of this very useful and important research resource (a bibliographic database), Donna Yates (Lecturer in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime at the University of Glasgow’s Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research), writes: For several years I’ve been collecting media reports about the looting of archaeological sites, the theft of art and antiquities, […]

Document: UNESCO/PERSIST Guidelines for the Selection of Digital Heritage for Long-Term Preservation

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From UNESCO: The UNESCO PERSIST Project, an initiative of UNESCO, ICA, IFLA and other partners, for enhancing the sustainability of digital heritage, has now launched the UNESCO/PERSIST Guidelines for the selection of digital heritage for long-term preservation. The aim of the Guidelines is to provide an overarching starting point for libraries, archives, museums and other heritage […]

Info Tech: New Media Consortium Publishes Horizon Report > 2016 Museum Edition

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From the New Media Consortium: Selected by an international expert panel of museum thought leaders, six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in technology are identified across three adoption horizons over the next five years, giving museum leaders and staff a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The format of the report […]

Tennessee: Friends of Library Group to Open Bookstore in Airport

From the Times Free Press (Chattanooga, TN): Friends of the [Chattanooga Public] Library, calling the business model a first for an airport nationally, will lease about 750 square feet in the lower level of the terminal where it will sell books. [Clip] William Sundquist, chairman of the group that supports Chattanooga Public Library, said plans […]

Roundup: EU Ministers Approve Proposals to Make All European Scientific Articles Freely Accessible by 2020

From The Netherlands EU Presidency 2016: All scientific articles in Europe must be freely accessible as of 2020. EU member states want to achieve optimal reuse of research data. They are also looking into a European visa for foreign start-up founders. And, according to the new Innovation Principle, new European legislation must take account of […]

Alaska: Vandalism at Kenai Community Library Causes Thousands of Dollars in Damage

From AP (via KTUU): Authorities are investigating after a vandal caused thousands of dollars in damage at a Kenai library, leaving staff unsure whether they’ll be able to fund the replacement of the destroyed items. [Clip] Joiner says it’ll be up to the city to include money in their budget to fund the repairs or replacement […]

Thailand: New Bangkok City Library Will Stay Open 24 Hours a Day

From Coconuts Bangkok: Good news for all the bookworms who drop thousands of baht every time they step into Asia Books. Bangkok is preparing to launch a new kind of city library, a reading space that will stay open 24 hours a day and have ridiculously cheap membership costs. [Clip] The library is expected to […]