December 14, 2017

Resources For Libraries re: Upcoming Solar Eclipse Available From Star_Net

Resources From STAR_net, Space Science Institute (SSI) Direct to Eclipse Resource Center Some of the Resources Available Include: The “All-American” Eclipse: A Guide for Public Libraries and Their Communities (24 pages; PDF) Eclipse Website Roudup Activities Guide Free Online Course/MOOC) Eclipse FAQ Video Note: 2 Million Free Eclipse Glasses Coming to US Libraries (via Space.com) […]

Report: Florida Governor Signs School Censorship Bill into Law

From Maren Williams at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: Florida governor Rick Scott yesterday approved legislation that will facilitate challenges to classroom materials, allowing any county resident to lodge a challenge against textbooks or supplemental materials that they claim fail to present “a noninflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues.” Intellectual freedom advocates are […]

New Reference Resource: “Guide to Posted Documents Regarding Use of National Security Authorities”

A new fact sheet from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. From the ODNI IC Record Blog: ODNI CLPT has released a new resource containing links to certain officially released documents related to the use by the Intelligence Community (IC) of national security authorities. These documents have been published to meet legal requirements, […]

Pop Culture Meets National Library of Medicine Historical Collections: Harry Potter’s World

From the “NLM Circulating Now” Blog In 1997, 10-year-old Harry Potter waved his wand for the first time and filled the minds of readers with magic and adventure. Now, in 2017, the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division celebrates the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter’s publication with a special display complete with rare […]

Videos: Hillary Rodham Clinton on “Libraries Making a Difference” (ALA 2017 Closing Keynote)

Two videos embedded below. This video clip features highlights from Mrs. Clinton’s closing keynote address at the ALA Annual Conference 2017 in Chicago. CNN has also posted a recording of the complete speech. See Also: Hillary Clinton tells librarians they protect truth, facts (AP via SF Chronicle) See Also: Hillary Clinton hits Trump’s budget cuts in […]

Authors Alliance Posts Interview with Amy Brand, Director of the MIT Press, on “Digitizing The MIT Press Backlist”

We posted about the MIT Press/Internet Archive digitization project when the news broke about one month ago and five days ago Library Journal’s Lisa Peet posted an extended report about the project. The Authors Alliance/Amy Brand interview is available here. It runs about 700 words. Here’s one exchange from the interview. Authors Alliance: What were the biggest […]

Metadata Work in Institutional Repositories is Theme of New Issue of “Catalogue and Index”

Catalogue and Index is published by CILIP, the Library and Information Association (UK). Table of Contents and Links to Articles: Ever evolving: metadata services and repository involvement at LSE, by Helen Williams Metadata for research data discovery and management, by Lizz Jennings Working on an instructional repository: cataloguer, metadata specialist or something else? by Louise Harrington […]

Academic Publishing: Springer Nature CEO Derk Haank to Retire By End of 2017, Will Be Succeeded by Daniel Roper

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Full Text of Announcement From SpringerNature: Derk Haank is to retire from his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Springer Nature  by the end of 2017.  Derk will be succeeded by Daniel Ropers, currently CEO of bol.com, who will join Springer Nature on October 1 and work with Derk until December to ensure a smooth […]

News Roundup

1.  Europe Fines Google a Record Breaking $2.7 Billion For Manipulating Search Results (via Recode) Additional Resources From the European Commission: Official News Release and Factsheet Full Text of Letter by Seven U.S. Companies in Support of EU’s Decision Re: Google Full Text of Google Blog Post About EC Decision (via The Keyword) 2. Elsevier: PlumX Metrics Soon […]

Voyager Search Launches Open Data Network with Searchable Geospatial Catalog of Publicly Accessible Data

From Voyager Search: Voyager Search unveiled VoyagerODN today, a single point of search for publicly available data. VoyagerODN makes the most of Voyager Search’s core software capabilities by providing public access to millions of free, geospatial pieces of content. Companies, entrepreneurs, analysts, nonprofits, government agencies, hobbyists, and more who need free location-based data can use VoyagerODN to […]