December 15, 2017

New Report: IMLS Releases FY 2016 State Library Administrative Agencies Survey Results


From the IMLS News Release: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has released the latest report on the State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA) Survey. The biennial survey, conducted in FY 2016, assesses the condition of SLAAs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The IMLS report found that SLAAs experienced significant […]

New Report and Data: “Digital Learning Compass: Distance Education State Enrollment Report 2017.”

From the Babson Survey Research Group: The Distance Education State Almanac 2017, conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and the Digital Learning Compass organization, reveals very different patterns of distance enrollments among the fifty states. Distance education enrollments, as a proportion of all higher education students, range from a low of 13 percent in […]

Open Access: Recording of the SCOAP3 Forum 2017 Available

From the SCOAP3 Website: SCOAP3 held its fourth Forum, on December 7th, 2017. This year’s Forum focused on the impact of SCOAP3 on article downloads and on the upcoming addition of APS journals. A recording of the webinar is now available. The video and the accompanying slides provide information on A review of the first 4 years of the initiative […]

Reference: High School Completion Rate is Highest in U.S. History According to New U.S. Census Data


New data released today by the U.S. Census. From the News Release: For the first time in U.S. history, 90 percent of the population age 25 and older have completed high school.  This is according to new Educational Attainment data released today from the U.S. Census Bureau. “In 1940, less than half of the population age 25 […]

“Youthquake” Chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries 2017 Word of the Year

From an Oxford Dictionaries Media Release: Youthquakenoun /ˈjuːθkweɪk/ A significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people Today, Oxford Dictionaries announces ‘youthquake’ as its Word of the Year for 2017. 2017 has been, without doubt, a year of seismic cultural, political, and social shifts played out across the globe. But it […]

New White Paper: Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) Publishes Results of Environmental Scan on Open Educational Resources (OER)


From OCUL: In response to increasing membership interest in Open Educational Resources (OER) and the role of libraries in this endeavour, OCUL recently undertook an environmental scan and analysis of current activities in open education publishing. This initiative has resulted in the publication of an Open Educational Resources White Paper. The scope of this report […]

News Roundup (December 14, 2017)

1.  1.4 Billion User Credentials Stored in Cleartext Discovered in Database on Dark Web (via Cylance) ||| More Details in 4IQ Report 2. E-Rate: USAC Names Radha Sekar As CEO 3. The Fight for Fair Copyright Returns: Canadian Government Launches Major Copyright Review (via Michael Geist) ||| Canadian Government Triggers Major Copyright Review (via TF) 4. North American Libraries Struggle to […]

Minnesota: Hennepin County Public Library Launches “MnSpin” Streaming Service Featuring a Curated Collection of Music by Local Artists and Groups

From the Hennepin County Public Library: Discover Minnesota musicians on MnSpin, Hennepin County Library’s new music streaming and download platform that will give music lovers and seekers access to 50-plus curated albums by local artists and groups. [Clip] Inspired by models already cranking on library websites based in places like Seattle, Portland and Nashville, Hennepin County Library worked with […]

New Report From Ithaka S+R: “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Public Health Scholars”


From the Report’s Web Site: Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services Program investigates how the research support needs of scholars vary by discipline. In 2016-2017 Ithaka S+R examined the changing research methods and practices of public health scholars conducting research through U.S. institutions. This project was undertaken collaboratively with research teams at seven academic libraries with […]

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Reports Total Financial Support From Libraries and Library Consortia in 2017, Broken Down By Country


From the DOAJ News Blog: As we near the end of the year, it’s time to review our finances and start the annual process of sending out invoices for the coming year. Part of that work is to establish out how much support we received from our wonderful library and library consortia members in 2017. 28 countries […]