December 11, 2017

News Roundup

Knowledge Unlatched Makes Open Access Open For Trade Partners (via KU) Twitter Dives Into AR and VR, Hires Ex-Apple Designer To Lead New Team (via Upload VR) Montana State University to Share Resources Statewide (Montana’s Treasure State Academic Information and Library Services (TRAILS)) Leadership In Data Publishing: Dryad and Learned Societies Summary of/Slides From: Dryad’s First […]

New HathiTrust and NFB Partnership Will Make More Than 14 Million Digital Books Accessible to Blind and Print-Disabled Users

From HathiTrust: More than 14 million digital books will soon be made available to blind and print-disabled users, thanks to a new collaboration involving the National Federation of the Blind and the HathiTrust Digital Library, a digital repository hosted at the University of Michigan. When launched, the program will dramatically increase the availability of books […]

Research Tools: CHORUS Enhances Search Results with DOI Search Option and Public Access Flag

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CHORUS provides access (metadata and full text) to publicly funded research published by U.S. Government agencies and other organizations. From CHORUS: Finding publicly accessible content just got a little easier. We’ve added new functionality to the CHORUS search beta results to indicate whether or not an article is publicly accessible, or when it will be […]

Reference: New Infographic: “Measuring America: 30-Year-Olds: Then and Now (1975 v. 2015)”

Made available online today by the U.S. Census. Source: U.S. Census Bureau Infographic Formats JPEG Printable PDF Textual Equivalent PDF

Reference: UK Withdrawal From The EU – Next Steps: New Research Brief From EU Parliament Research Service

From the Introduction of the Research Brief: The referendum held in the United Kingdom on 23 June on the question of whether to remain in, or leave, the European Union resulted in 51.9% of those voting (on a 71.8% turn-out) supporting withdrawal from the Union. Although, formally speaking, the referendum was consultative, the British Prime […]

Open Access: arXiv Publishes Findings of User Survey, Responses From Nearly 37,000 Users

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From Cornell University: As arXiv celebrates its 25th year as one of the scientific community’s most important means of communication, the site’s leadership is looking ahead to ensure it remains indispensable, robust and financially sustainable. While nearly 95 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with arXiv, many said they would like to see improvements […]

16,597 Librarians, Library Workers and Library Supporters Attend ALA Annual Conference 2016 in Orlando

A lengthy summary of key ALA Annual Conference activities provided by the organization includes attendance figures: Overall 16,597 librarians, library workers and library supporters attended the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. The overall number includes 4,995 exhibitors representing 758 companies and organizations The 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco had a total attendance (participants and exhibitors) of 22,696 […]

W3C Will Hold Virtual Reality Workshop in Mountain View, CA This October

From the World Wide Web Consortium Blog: W3C announced today Web & Virtual Reality Workshop, 19-20 October 2016, in Mountain View, CA, USA. The event is hosted by Samsung. The combination of improvements in hardware and software capabilities have brought lots of renewed interest in virtual reality experiences. Many of these improved capabilities are available […]

Video Clips: Jamie Lee Curtis Talks Librarians, Books, and Reading During ALA Annual Conference 2016 Closing Keynote

Two video clips from today’s ALA Annual Conference 2016 closing keynote by actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis. On Librarians On Books and Ideas

Conference Paper: “Detecting US Federal Documents to Expand Access” (HathiTrust Fed. Docs Program)

The following paper will be presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2016 taking place August 3-19, 2016 in Columbus, OH. Title Detecting US Federal Documents to Expand Access Authors Mike Furlough HathiTrust Valerie Glenn HathiTrust Source IFLA.org Abstract This paper reports on HathiTrust’s Federal Documents Program, which facilitates collective action to create […]