December 17, 2017

ALA’s ASCLA and RUSA Divisions Have a New Executive Director

From ASCLA Blog Post by Mary Ghikas, ALA Interim Executive Director: Please join me in welcoming Jessica Hughes as the new Executive Director of The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), divisions of the American Library Association. Jessica will start with ALA on Monday, October 9, 2017. […]

Wellcome Trust & NLM Partnership to Provide Free Access to 150 Years of Medical Research Reaches Half-Million Page Milestone

From the National Library of Medicine: Following the signing of a 2014 memorandum of understanding (MOU) to make thousands of complete back issues of historically-significant biomedical journals freely available through the National Institutes of Health life sciences repository PubMed Central (PMC), and through its European counterpart, Europe PMC, the US National Library of Medicine and the Wellcome Trust have released multiple titles—encompassing more than […]

EBSCO Releases Serials Price Projection Report for 2018

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From EBSCO: The 2018 Serials Price Projection Report from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is now available. The report projects that the overall effective publisher price increases for academic and academic/medical libraries are expected to be in the range of five to six percent (before currency impact). EBSCO releases the Serials Price Projections based on surveys […]

Video: Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is the Focus of a U.S. House Committee Hearing

The Committee on House Administration held a hearing yesterday titled, “Transforming GPO for the 21st Century and Beyond: Part 3 – Federal Depository Library Program. ALA’s Gavin Baker points out in this District Dispatch post that this was the first hearing about the FDLP in 20 years. Read the Complete District Dispatch post. A video […]

Art: Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum Releases Digital Collection of “One of America’s Most Secretive Artists”

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From 303 Magazine: Clyfford Still was easily one of America’s most secretive modern artists. Fueled by his distrust of the art world, he was highly meticulous in how and where his work would be displayed. It wasn’t until after his death, when his estate was bequeathed to the City of Denver to create a museum dedicated solely to his […]

National Library of Ireland Acquires Major Yeats Treasures

From the National Library of Ireland: The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has today (27.09.17) announced details of a number of major new Yeats acquisitions. These acquisitions include the purchase from the Yeats family, via Sotheby’s, of more than 500 letters between WB Yeats and his wife George Yeats. The letters between WB and George Yeats […]

140 to 280: “Twitter is Testing a Big Change: Doubling the Length of Tweets”

From Recode: Twitter’s character limit is a holdover from the app’s early days when tweets were sent as texts, which were limited to 160 characters. It has since become one of the product’s most defining characteristics. [Clip] The company explained its decision to expand the limit in a blog post Tuesday, claiming that there are […]

Profile: Meet Denise Stephens, New Vice Provost and University Librarian, at Washington University in St. Louis

From WUSTL: To Washington University’s new vice provost and university librarian, a challenge represents an opportunity—a chance to move beyond the present into a future of greater possibility. [Clip] Stephens began serving at Washington University on June 15, after a six-year tenure as university librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). A native of […]

Research: New Study Reveals How Information Spreads on Social Media”

From USC: After an election year marked by heated exchanges and the distribution of fake news, Twitter bots earned a bad reputation—but not all bots are bad, suggests a new study co-authored by Emilio Ferrara, a USC Information Sciences Institute computer scientist and a research assistant professor in the department of computer science at the USC […]

San Diego State University Library Debuts New Science Fiction Room

From SDSU: The Edward E. Marsh Golden Age of Science Fiction Room will open on Thursday, Sept. 28, giving San Diego State University and the local community access to one of the most comprehensive collections of science fiction in the United States. The opening celebration begins at 2 p.m. on the first floor of the […]