October 17, 2017

Princeton University Library Formally Launches New Online Catalog Utilizing Project Blacklight Platform

From The Daily Princetonian: After eighteen months of development, the Library released the catalog as beta software in the spring of this year and it underwent subsequent changes throughout the summer. These changes were informed by a usability study the development team conducted with input from faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students. The catalog officially graduated […]

Report: Political Push for Open Access in Germany

From Chemistry World (Royal Society of Chemistry): Germany has taken another step along the path to open access. Last week, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launched a new strategy, which aims to finally make open access standard practice. From now on, the BMBF will require that scientific articles stemming from projects […]

Library Acquisitions Roundup (Arizona State University, New York Public, and U. of Michigan)

1. Arizona State University Acquires English Renaissance Texts 2. New York Public Library Acquires Its First Hip-Hop Archive (via NYT) 3. University of Michigan’s Clements Library Acquires Rare, Previously Unknown Hand-Drawn Map of Detroit

Print Disabled: Marrakesh Treaty Enters Into Force Today

Three posts about today’s news are linked below. From World Intellectual Property Office: The “books for blind” treaty entered into force on September 30, 2016, three months after it gained the necessary 20 ratifications or accessions by WIPO member states. “This is a wonderful day for visually impaired people around the world, who will from […]

Reference: Five States Account for Half of U.S. Business R&D in 2013; New Data for Metropolitan Areas Available

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From the National Science Foundation: From the Report: Five states—California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas, and Washington—accounted for half of the research and development paid for and performed by companies in the United States in 2013, according to estimates from the 2013 Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS) from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science […]

Mississippi: County Budget Cuts Force Indefinite Closure of All Public Libraries in Perry County

From WDAM: County budget cuts have forced the closure of all three public libraries in Perry County. Libraries in Richton, New Augusta and Beaumont will close their doors Friday afternoon. Charles Cox, director of the Pine Forest Regional Library System, which operates the libraries, said three employees will lose their jobs. A post on the […]

News Roundup

1. Security/Privacy: Firefox Blocks Websites with Vulnerable Encryption Keys (via IDG News) ||| Mitigating Logjam: Enforcing Stronger Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange (via Mozilla Security Blog) 2. Wi-Fi For Students and Families: New York City Libraries, Google, Others Expanding Library Hot-Spot Program 3. Elijah Scott Named Executive Director of Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative 4. GPO Bookstore […]

New Briefing Document: “Local Libraries and Independent Bookshops in the UK”

The House of Lords Library (UK Parliament) has published a new research briefing (20 pages; PDF) titled, “Local Libraries and Independent Bookshops in the UK.” The briefing provides background for an upcoming debate (October 13th) in the House of Lords on, “the cultural, civil and educational significance of local libraries and independent bookshops in the […]

Oklahoma: After a Three-Year, $50 Million Renovation, Tulsa’s Central Library Reopens Tomorrow (Audio, Photos)

From Tulsa Public Radio: After a three-year closure for a top-to-bottom, inside and out renovation, Tulsa’s Central Library reopens Saturday at 11 a.m. The makeover hasn’t been just about looks. Tulsa City-County Library CEO Gary Shaffer promised patrons are getting a 21st Century library out of the $50 million overhaul. [Clip] A group from Portland, […]

Higher Ed: Open Textbook News From New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and North Carolina

Four reports in this roundup post. 1. New Jersey: Rutgers University Libraries Launch Open and Affordable Textbook Project, Joins Open Textbook Network Rutgers University has become the first of New Jersey’s institutions of higher education to formally take action against the rising cost of textbooks by launching the Open and Affordable Textbook Project (OAT). The initiative […]