December 13, 2017

Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library Closures Suspended Until Review Completed

From the CBC: Newfoundland and Labrador’s education minister says he has requested a suspension of the decision to restructure the public library system. Dale Kirby stated during a scrum with reporters Thursday that he was never comfortable with the decision, and says the it was made following consultations with Premier Dwight Ball and members of […]

Reference Collection: New Data/Report: “Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2013–14-Statistical Tables”

The report discussed below was released today by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). This report describes background checks for firearm transfers conducted in 2014, including partial data for 2013, and presents estimates of firearm applications received and denied annually since the effective date of the Brady Act through 2014. Tables provide data on— the […]

History: New Digital Research, Reference Resources From California and Texas

Both of the resources listed below are free to access and use. California California Secretary of State and Google Announce Partnership to Digitize State Archives Exhibits Secretary of State Alex Padilla [recently] announced a new partnership between the California State Archives, a division of the Secretary of State’s office, and the Google Cultural Institute. This […]

News Roundup

1. NBC Olympics To Provide 85 Hours Of Virtual Reality Coverage Of Rio 2016 Exclusively with Samsung 2. Richard Reyes-Gavilan Named to Urban Library Council Executive Board 3. Learn More About the Makerspace (aka “The Foundry”) Opening This Fall Inside Fine Arts Library (FAL) at U. of Texas at Austin (via Tex Libris) 4. EIFL Renews With Oxford University […]

Two Architecture Firms Selected to Design Obama Library/Presidential Center in Chicago

From the Obama Foundation Web Site: The Obama Foundation has selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (TWBTA) to lead the design team for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, and Interactive Design Architects (IDEA) to be their partner as they begin this exciting project. TWBTA stood out in their commitment to explore the […]

ARL Celebrates 20th Ratification of Marrakesh Treaty to Improve Global Access to Publications for Print-Disabled Users

From an ARL News Post by Krista Cox, Association of Research Libraries: Today, June 30, 2016, Canada acceded to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled, becoming the 20th country to ratify or accede to the treaty and thereby putting the treaty […]

Reference: New Report From Law Library of Congress Looks at Campaign Finance Laws in Seven Countries

From the Law Library of Congress Blog (In Custodias Legis): There is frequent discussion and debate about U.S. campaign finance laws and the increasing amounts spent by candidates running for the U.S. Congress. Certain aspects of campaign finance regulation have been the subject of judicial review by the Supreme Court. How do other countries approach the […]

Now Available: Slides from NISO/BISG 10th Annual Forum: “The Changing Standards Landscape: The User’s Experience”

The NISO/BISG 10th Annual Forum took place on Friday, June 24, 2016 during the ALA Annual Conference 2016 in Orlando, FL. The agenda with links to slides posted on SlideShare is found below. Description via NISO Website: The user’s experience with ebooks encompasses far more than just an interface or an application. Those experiences influence the […]

Culture Heritage: Two New Publications on Improving Search in Europeana Collections

From a Blog Post on Europeana Professional: On 30 October of last year (2015), we published The Search Improvement Plan, outlining the steps we intended to take in the immediate future to improve the search performance of Europeana Collections. Today we are pleased to announce a double publication. The first of these is a status […]

DC Public Library Identifies Temporary Spaces for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library During Three Year Modernization

From the DC Public Library: The DC Public Library has identified temporary spaces in preparation for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library modernization. The Library is interested in creating a 5,800 square-foot temporary library at 1990 K St. NW. The lease for the space was negotiated by the Department of General Services. The Library […]