December 16, 2017

New Report From GAO: “U.S. Universities in China Emphasize Academic Freedom but Face Internet Censorship and Other Challenges”

Source: GAO

The report linked below was publicly released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Key Findings from the Report The 12 U.S. universities GAO reviewed generally reported receiving support for their institutions in China from Chinese government entities and universities, with limited funding from U.S. government agencies and other donors. Universities reported contributions from Chinese […]

Reference: Updated International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Database Highlights Global Disparity in Access to Cancer Care

From the IAEA: Most radiotherapy facilities in the world are located in high-income countries, and at least 36 nations do not have any such equipment to treat cancer. These are some conclusions drawn from data in the revamped Directory of Radiotherapy Centres (DIRAC), launched today on the margins of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) […]

Hartford Courant Op/Ed by Four Legendary Librarians: “Librarians Stand Again Against FBI Overreach”

From an Op/Ed in the Hartford Courant: We are the four librarians who fought a government gag order a decade ago when FBI agents demanded library records under the Patriot Act and told us, under penalty of criminal prosecution, that we couldn’t talk about it. We members of what the media called “the Connecticut Four” […]

New Report/Data: “Creativity Connects: Trends And Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists”

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A new report by the Center For Cultural Innovation (CCI) for the National Endowment for the Arts. From the Introduction: The goal of Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists was to examine current and evolving conditions for how artists live and work. The world has changed significantly over the past decade, in ways that […]

News Roundup

1. Firefox Test Pilot Program Launches Three New Experimental Features 2. New List: Stanford, MIT and Harvard Top the Second Annual Reuters Top 100 Ranking of the Most Innovative Universities ||| Direct to University Comparison Tool ||| Methodology 3. Open Library of Humanities (OLH) Launches French Language Site 4. Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Launches Video Relay Service […]

Research Tools: Data Sets to Better Understand 2016 Presidential Debates Provided by Political TV Ad Archive

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UPDATE October 7, 2016 Datasets: TV News Coverage Data of Vice-Presidential Debate Now Available to Download (via Political TV Ad Archive) UPDATE October 4, 2016 Keyword Search, View Video of Vice-Presidential Debate (via C-SPAN Video Library) Three data sets (.csv format) with data from the First Presidential Debate are now available from the Political TV Ad Archive […]

Qatar University Library Collaborates with Elsevier, Similar to Collab with University of Florida

UPDATED October 10, 2016 In addition to what’s shared in the post below we’ve learned a few additional details about the Elsevier/University of Qatar collaboration.  1. Qatar University’s QSpace repository uses DSpace technology and a new plug-in for the platform developed by Atmire allowed data and content from the Elsevier API’s to be added with […]

World Publishers and Librarians Issue Joint Pledge to Strive for Universal Access to Information

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From the International Publishers Association (IPA) and the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA): The world bodies speaking for the publishing and library sectors, the IPA and IFLA, today pledge to find mechanisms for universal access to information, and to help national and international authorities to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals linked to literacy, […]

New: Capstone Report From an ITHAKA S+R Project on Information Needs, Research Practices of Community College Students

Comparison Of Main Finding Across Three Phases Of The Project (Montgomery College Libraries' Ethnographic Studies 2013 -2016; Page 9)

Note: Montgomery College is located in Montgomery County, MD (just outside of Washington DC). From Roger Schonfeld, Director, Libraries & Scholarly Communication Program, ITHAKA S+R: For three years, we have worked with Montgomery College to uncover the information needs and research practices of its students. As a result of this wide-ranging study—which included three campuses […]

OCLC and Internet Archive Share Results of Year-Long Effort to “Ensure Future Sustainability” of PURL.org

From OCLC: OCLC and Internet Archive today announced the results of a year-long cooperative effort to ensure the future sustainability of purl.org. The organizations have worked together to build a new sustainable service hosted by Internet Archive that will manage persistent URLs and sub-domain redirections for purl.org, purl.com, purl.info and purl.net. Since its introduction by […]