December 16, 2017

Purdue University: “Print Books Still Preferred in Technological Age”

From The Purdue Exponent: Nathan Everett, rising sophomore in engineering, said that he finds hard copy texts are easier to mark in for note taking purposes, which can be difficult as many courses only offer the additional readings in an online format on the course website page. Jaehong Jung, a rising junior in mechanical engineering, […]

News Roundup

1. Impactstory and the Public Knowledge Project Announce Strategic Relationship 2. Open Access: University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and University of Arizona (AU) Join U. of California Press Luminos Membership Program (via Luminos Newsletter) UCSB joins at Courier Level, UA at Garamond Level. 3.Elsevier: PlumX Metrics Now on Scopus & What’s New on Scopus: PlumX Metrics, […]

U.S. Congress: “FASTR Legislation Would Ensure Permanency of Public Access to Scientific Research”

From SPARC:  SPARC, an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication, today [July 26] applauded the introduction of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, which would ensure that public access to research articles becomes the law of the land. FASTR calls […]

Research Article: “The Spread of Fake News by Social Bots” (Preprint)

The following article was recently posted on arXiv. Title The Spread of Fake News by Social Bots Authors Chengcheng Shao Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia Onur Varol Alessandro Flammini Filippo Menczer Affiliation: Indiana University (All Authors) Source via arXiv June 24, 2017 Abstract The massive spread of fake news has been identified as a major global risk […]

ASCAP & BMI Announce Creation of a New Comprehensive Musical Works Database

From Variety: In a groundbreaking show of unity, ASCAP and BMI, the nation’s two leading performing rights organizations, announced today that they will create a single, comprehensive database of musical works from their combined repertories that will deliver an authoritative view of ownership shares in the vast majority of music licensed in the United States. […]

New Blog Post: “Sustaining Open Research Resources – a Funder Perspective”

From the Wellcome Library Blog: This is the second in a series of three blog posts which set out the perspectives of researchers, funders and universities on support for open resources. The first was Open Resources, who should pay? In this post, David Carr from the Open Research team at the Wellcome Trust provides the view of a research […]

New: Environmental Working Group Tap Water Database Provides Info About Pollutants in Most U.S. Public Water System

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From the Environmental Working Group: EWG’s new national Tap Water Database is the most complete source available on the quality of U.S. drinking water, aggregating and analyzing data from almost 50,000 public water systems in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. [Clip] EWG researchers spent the last two years collecting data from state agencies and […]

A New Issue Brief From Ithaka S+R: “Rethinking Liaison Programs for the Humanities”

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Rethinking Liaison Programs for the Humanities (issue brief) was published by Ithaka S+R today. The paper is based in part on a talk given by the co-authors at CNI, Spring 2017. Title The Rethinking Liaison Programs for the Humanities Authors Danielle Cooper Ithaka S+R Roger C. Schonfeld Ithaka S+R From the Introduction For generations, most research libraries […]

Trends: “Dramatic Rise in FOIA Lawsuits Filed by Nonprofit Advocacy Groups”

From The FOIA Project/Syracuse University: To give some perspective on these trends, in FY 2001, the first year of the Bush administration, nonprofit/advocacy organizations filed 47 cases challenging federal agencies’ FOIA practices. These cases made up one out of every seven (14.2%) federal FOIA suits filed that year. Ten years later the annual number of […]

Literature and Cultural History: PEN America Launches New Digital Archive Featuring More Than 1500 Hours of Audio and Video

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The PEN America digital archive went live today. PEN America [is announcing] the launch of its online archive, chronicling 50 years of seminal American literary and cultural history with more than 1500 hours of audio and video dating back to 1966. The recordings include meetings, panels, and public events covering a breathtaking range of social, […]