December 11, 2017

New Issue Alert: The Code4Lib Journal (Issue 35) is Now Available Online

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Issue 35 of The Code4Lib Journal was made available online today. Here’s a list of articles with links to the full text articles. Direct to Complete TOC (with Abstracts) Editorial: Introspection as Activism, or, Getting Our Houses in Order by Ruth Kitchin Tillman Bridging Technologies to Efficiently Arrange and Describe Digital Archives: the Bentley Historical […]

Report: Auschwitz Death Camp Puts Database of Prison Guards Online

From the BBC: It has been hailed as the most comprehensive list to date. About 9,000 names – nearly all German – are on the Auschwitz garrison list, some with photographs attached. The INR [Institute for National Remembrance] hopes the list will prove that Auschwitz was not a Polish-run camp. More than a million people […]

Canadian Book Sales 2016, New Data From BookNet Canada

From Booknet Canada: Audiobook and hardcover purchases have remained fairly flat. In 2016, audiobook purchases made up, on average, 2.6% of total book purchases while in 2015 it was 2.2%. Hardcover book purchases accounted for 24.2% in 2015 and went down only slightly to 23.9% in 2016. Paperbacks and ebooks had marginally more movement. On […]

News Roundup

1. ACRL Board Of Directors Affirms Commitment To Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Access 2. Landscape Designers Named for Obama Library (via Chicago Tribune) 3. Academic OneFile Expands Browse-By-Discipline Feature 4. NLM Classification 2017 Winter Edition Now Available 5. Penn State University Libraries Receives $1 Million Gift For Proposed Collaboration Commons Project    

Maurice Sendak’s Personal Library Comes to Philadelphia

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From Philly.com: When Maurice Sendak died in 2012, he left a will directing that all his “rare edition books” go to the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia – a cache of 895 items that made up a large part of the celebrated author-illustrator’s own personal library of rare books. But the Sendak estate […]

Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Publishes “Scholarly Communications Roadmap”

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From Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL): The Canadian Association of Research Libraries released today a Scholarly Communications Roadmap that presents clear activities it aims to undertake to stimulate positive change towards an open, sustainable, effective and innovative scholarly communication system. The key activities identified by CARL for action in the next few years are: Increase awareness […]

Newspaper Editorial: “All Kansans Deserve Access to Library Resources”

From an Editorial by the Topeka Capital-Journal Editorial Board: Since the Rev. Dr. David Dickinson was appointed as the first state librarian in 1870, he has had 15 successors (which means librarians serve an average of more than nine years). State Librarian Jo Budler took the job in 2010, and her negotiations to control the […]

Analysis: “Journals Invite Too Few Women to Referee”

From Nature: Jory Lerback and Brooks Hanson present an analysis that reveals evidence of gender bias in peer review for scholarly publications. [Clip] Another career-building activity is serving as a peer reviewer for publications. This develops writing skills and expertise through exposure to other manuscripts, and fosters relationships with fellow scholars and scientific leaders. Such […]

New Digital Collection: Documents from King George III Go Online

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From the AP: An enormous cache of historical documents from Britain’s royal archives detailing the reign of King George III is going online Saturday as part of the royal family’s effort to rehabilitate the legacy of the monarch widely regarded as having been insane. The monarch — America’s last king — is often referred to as […]

Library of Congress Releases New, Extensive Digitized Collection of Walt Whitman Primary Documents

From the Library of Congress “From the Catbird Seat” Blog and LC Blog: As a special collections repository, the Library of Congress holds the largest collection of Walt Whitman materials anywhere in the world. The Manuscript Division has already made available online the Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of Walt Whitman Papers and the Walt Whitman […]