March 27, 2017

Nevada: Lawmaker Wants to Spell Out Libraries’ Gun Discretion

From the AP via (Las Vegas Sun): A former library trustee who now holds office at the Nevada Legislature wants to clarify public library managers can decide to let certain people bring guns into their buildings. Democratic Sen. Mo Denis of Las Vegas says libraries were left out of a 2015 law giving public schools, […]

New Journal Article: “Data Curation Network: How Do We Compare? A Snapshot of Six Academic Library Institutions’ Data Repository and Curation Services”

The following article was published online today. Title Data Curation Network: How Do We Compare? A Snapshot of Six Academic Library Institutions’ Data Repository and Curation Services Authors Lisa R. Johnston University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Jake R. Carlson University of Michigan – Ann Arbor Patricia Hswe Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Cynthia Hudson-Vitale Washington […]

Research Article: “Research Data Services in European Academic Research Libraries”

The following article was recently published in Liber Quarterly: The Journal of European Research Libraries. Title Research Data Services in European Academic Research Libraries Authors Carol Tenopir University of Tennessee Sanna Talja University of Tampere Wolfram Horstmann University of Gottingen Elina Late University of Tampere Dane Hughes University of Tennessee Danielle Pollock University of Tennessee […]

Open Science Prize Announces Epidemic Tracking Tool as Grand Prize Winner

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From the National Institutes of Health: A prototype online platform that uses real-time visualization and viral genome data to track the spread of global pathogens such as Zika and Ebola is the grand prize winner of the Open Science Prize. The international team competition is an initiative by the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration […]

New Resources From ALA: “Libraries Respond Website Features Timely Information on Serving Immigrants, GLBTQ, Indigenous Populations”

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From the American Library Association (Full Text): To help libraries meet the information needs of their communities during these challenging times, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) has created Libraries Respond, a comprehensive online resource that aims to keep current events in conversation with libraries’ ongoing work in […]

Citation Analysis: Scientometrics Pioneer Eugene Garfield Dies

From The Scientist: Eugene Garfield, who launched the field of citation analysis, died yesterday (February 26) in Pennsylvania. He was 91. “He was an amazing character whose influence on information science, writ large, can’t be underestimated,” H. Carton Rogers III, vice provost and director of libraries at the University of Pennsylvania, where Garfield served as […]

News Roundup

1. ProQuest Names Robert VanHees Chief Financial Officer 2.  ScienceOpen And DOAJ Combine Efforts to Make Scholarly Publishing More Visible (via DOAJ News) 2. YouTube Will be Available on Comcast’s X1 Box Later this Year (via The Verge)

Belarus’ National Library, British Library Sign Long-Term Cooperation Agreement

From Belarus News: On 27 February, Roman Motulsky [Director of Belarus National Library] met with Chief Executive of the British Library Roly Keating. Belarus’ Ambassador to the UK Sergei Aleinik, Deputy Director of Belarus’ National Library Alexander Susha, and Head of Collections and Curation at the British Library Kristian Jensen also took part in the […]

Oregon: “Portland’s Longest-Serving Librarian, After 50 years, Isn’t Quitting Soon”

From The Oregonian/OregonLive: When the Multnomah County Library System celebrated 150 years in 2014, librarian Carol Rogers could make the unique claim of being there for nearly a third of that history. On Oct. 19, Rogers celebrated her 50th anniversary with the library. Her coworkers gave her a crown and purple cape to wear as […]

New Post From Facebook Research: “Developing Automatic-Alt Text for Facebook Screen Reader Users”

From the Facebook Research Blog: The release of the Automatic Alt-Text service allows people who are blind (or might otherwise use screen readers) to better understand what exists in photos in their News Feeds. User research helped develop the tool through interviews, usability testing, and surveys. In this note, we’ll briefly touch on some of […]