December 17, 2017

New Article: “A Brief History of Book Burning, From the Printing Press to Internet Archives”

From Smithsonian.com: Books and libraries have been targeted by people of all backgrounds for thousands of years, sometimes intentionally and sometimes as a side-effect of war. In 213 B.C., Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang (more widely remembered for his terracotta army in Xian) ordered a bonfire of books as a way of consolidating power in […]

New Dataset: Louisiana Freed Slaves Data Now Available From Matrix Center Slave Biographies Project

From the Michigan State University (MSU) Matrix Center for the Digital Humanities & Department of History: MSU Matrix Center for the Digital Humanities and the Department of History are pleased to announce the publication online of data about almost 3,000 freed slaves that were living in the city of New Orleans in the decades preceding […]

Research Paper: “Global Picture of OAI-PMH Repositories Through the Analysis of 6 Key Open Archive Meta-Catalogs” (Preprint)

The following preprint was recently shared by its authors on arXiv. Title Global Picture of OAI-PMH Repositories Through the Analysis of 6 Key Open Archive Meta-Catalogs Authors Arnaud Gaudinat HEG (University of Applied Sciences, Geneva) Jonas Beausire Megan Fuss HEG (University of Applied Sciences, Geneva) Elisa Banfi University of Geneva Julien Gobeill HEG (University of […]

News Roundup

1. University of North Texas Releases More Than 100 Free E-Books on Texas and Oklahoma History Funding from National Endowment for the Humanities Humanities Open Book Program. 2. 2016 Texas Public Library Statistics Available (via TSLAC) 3. The University of Illinois at Chicago joins DataONE as a Replication Member Node 4. YouTube Begins Rollout of New Design, Logo, and […]

NEH Commits $1 Million to Libraries and Other Cultural Organizations Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

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For Additional Coverage, See Lisa Peet’s “Texas Libraries Hit Hard by Hurricane Harvey” (via Library Journal) From the National Endowment for the Humanities:  The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will award up to $1 million in emergency grants to preserve humanities collections and help restore operations at libraries, museums, colleges, universities, and other cultural […]

Research Tools: Update Adds More Data to Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Arrest Data Analysis Tool

From BJS: Data for 2013 and 2014 are now available on BJS’s Arrest Data Analysis Tool. You can generate trend tables and figures of arrest data since 1980, including national arrest estimates and agency-level counts by— Offense Age Sex Race The underlying data are from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Direct to Arrest Data […]

New Report From Ithaka S+R & Mellon on Diversity Inside ARL Libraries

From an Introductory Blog Post by Report Co-Author and Ithaka S+R Director, Libraries and Scholarly Communication Program, Roger Schonfeld: Today, Ithaka S+R is releasing a report in conjunction with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation examining employee diversity within the libraries that are members of the Association of Research Libraries. This is the latest part of a collaborative series between […]

Academic Libraries: Colorado College Net-Zero Energy Library Opens

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From Colorado College: Members of Colorado College’s Class of 2021 will be the first class to learn, conduct research, and study in a library built specifically for the college’s pioneering Block Plan. The $45 million renovation of Tutt Library makes it the largest academic library to achieve net-zero construction. The landmark achievement comes in spite of adding […]

Funding: IMLS Awards 49 National Leadership and Laura Bush Grants Totaling $10.2 Million

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From the Institute for Museum and Library Services: The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 49 grants to institutions totaling $10,216,923. The awards are made through the FY 2017 second cycle of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. [Clip] National Leadership Grants for Libraries support […]

Reference: Digitized Issues of the Federal Register From 1980-1989 Released Online Today

From the Government Publishing Office: The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) digitally release historic issues of the Federal Register from 1980-1989. The complete collection of issues of the Federal Registers from 1980 to present is now available digitally on GPO’s govinfo. This project is digitizing a […]