December 14, 2017

New White Paper: Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) Publishes Results of Environmental Scan on Open Educational Resources (OER)


From OCUL: In response to increasing membership interest in Open Educational Resources (OER) and the role of libraries in this endeavour, OCUL recently undertook an environmental scan and analysis of current activities in open education publishing. This initiative has resulted in the publication of an Open Educational Resources White Paper. The scope of this report […]

News Roundup (December 14, 2017)

1.  1.4 Billion User Credentials Stored in Cleartext Discovered in Database on Dark Web (via Cylance) ||| More Details in 4IQ Report 2. E-Rate: USAC Names Radha Sekar As CEO 3. The Fight for Fair Copyright Returns: Canadian Government Launches Major Copyright Review (via Michael Geist) ||| Canadian Government Triggers Major Copyright Review (via TF) 4. North American Libraries Struggle to […]

New Report From Ithaka S+R: “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Public Health Scholars”


From the Report’s Web Site: Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services Program investigates how the research support needs of scholars vary by discipline. In 2016-2017 Ithaka S+R examined the changing research methods and practices of public health scholars conducting research through U.S. institutions. This project was undertaken collaboratively with research teams at seven academic libraries with […]

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Reports Total Financial Support From Libraries and Library Consortia in 2017, Broken Down By Country


From the DOAJ News Blog: As we near the end of the year, it’s time to review our finances and start the annual process of sending out invoices for the coming year. Part of that work is to establish out how much support we received from our wonderful library and library consortia members in 2017. 28 countries […]

ALA, SPARC, Free Government Information, and 35 Other Organizations Send Letter to Congress in Support of “Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA)”

From the Letter to Congress (via R Stree): ACMRA [Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA)] solves a significant problem: it establishes a central repository for agency reports submitted to Congress and tracks whether agencies have submitted the reports. Currently, congressional staff often are unaware of or have difficulty finding agency reports to Congress, especially […]

Milestones: HathiTrust Reaches 16 Million Volumes

From a HT Announcement: On December 5th HathiTrust’s collections grew to 16 million volumes!  Book number 16,000,000 was digitized and deposited by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Osborne’s London and Birmingham Railway guide. Illustrated, published in 1840 at the height of “railway fever” in Great Britain, was written as something of a guidebook to inevitable progress. HathiTrust […]

NEH Awards $12.8 Million for 253 Humanities Projects Nationwide

From the National Endowment for the Humanities:  The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced the awarding of $12.8 million to support 253 humanities projects across the nation. NEH grants will supplement private and public funding to underwrite a virtual exhibition of more than 90 pieces of New Deal art from the town of […]

News Roundup (December 13, 2017)

1. Congratulations Cliff!!! CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch Named Fellow of ACM 2. Collections From Digital Maine Now Accessible via Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) 3. Clarivate Analytics: New Hot Papers for November 2017 in Essential Science Indicators & Fast-Breaking Papers in Essential Science Indicators, November 2017 Update 4. FCC Chairman Says Social Media Platforms […]

Preserving Code Associated with Research Articles: CLOCKSS Archive and Code Ocean Announce Preservation Partnership

From CLOCKKS: Code Ocean compute capsules associated with published research will now be preserved by CLOCKSS Code Ocean and CLOCKSS announce that Code Ocean will preserve its compute capsules in the CLOCKSS Archive to ensure the long-term accessibility of code associated with research articles. Code and software are increasingly crucial to the conduct of research […]

Library of Congress: 25 Motion Pictures Including Field of Dreams, The Goonies, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Named to National Film Registry

Note: On Tuesday, the Library of Congress Released: A New Digital Collection From the Library of Congress Provides Online Access (Downloads Also Available) to 64 Motion Pictures Named to the National Film Registry Today (Wednesday), the 2017 National Film Registry entries were announced by the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden. From the Announcement: Selected for […]