December 11, 2017

Still No Deal: “Hundreds of German Universities Set to Lose Access to Elsevier Journals”

From Nature: Around 200 German universities will lose their subscriptions to Elsevier journals within weeks, because negotiations have failed to end a long-term contract dispute. [Clip] “There is no doubt that what the German universities are asking for is the direction of travel for scholarly publishing,” says Paul Ayris, pro-vice-provost of library services at University […]

Repositories: OpenAIRE-Advance Launches Next Month

From the OpenAIRE Blog: Repositories forming a distributed global knowledge network have the potential to promote the transformation of the scholarly communication ecosystem and advance the OA scholarly communication infrastructure towards a “scholarly commons “. One of the barriers is a lack of web-based integration with other innovative scholarly services. There is a clear need […]

New Resource: Researchers Launch “Explore Apollo” Moon Mission Audio Site

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From the University of Texas at Dallas: NASA recorded thousands of hours of audio from the Apollo lunar missions, yet most of us have only been able to hear the highlights. The agency recorded all communications between the astronauts, mission control specialists and back-room support staff during the historic moon missions in addition to Neil Armstrong’s […]

Hong Kong’s First Public Library Powered Self-Service Print Book Vending Machine Opens, Two More Machines Planned

From the South China Morning Post: The words are on the street after Hong Kong’s public libraries operator opened the city’s first self-service book station on Tuesday. Readers can now borrow from 300 books on the shelves of the vending machine-style station – which is located at Sai Wan Ho in the east of Hong […]

Google Enhances/Updates Three Features Found on Search Results Pages

From The Keyword (Official Google Blog): In the the last few weeks, we’ve made three new additions to help you explore further, including expanded Featured Snippets, improved functionality of Knowledge Panels, and suggested content as you search for a particular topic. Featured Snippets Today, we’ve added more images and related searches inside select Featured Snippets […]

UK Web Archive Launches New Search Interface (Beta)

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From the UK Web Archive Blog/British Library: What’s new? For the first time you can search both the ‘Open UK Web Archive’ and the ‘Legal Deposit Web Archive’ from the same search box We have improved the search and have included faceting so that it’s easier to find what you are looking for A simple, clean design […]

Multimedia Search: Pop-Up Archive Acquired by Apple

Ed. Note: We’ve mentioned Pop-Up Archive several times during the past few years on infoDOCKET and demonstrated their public facing Audiosear.ch podcast search engine during many training sessions.   Here are two examples that illustrate some of their work with the library community.  In May,  2015 we noted that Anne Wooten, CEO of Pop-Up Archive, was […]

Reference: NEW DATA: U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Releases 2017 End-of-Year Immigration Enforcement Statistics

From the Dept. of Homeland Security News Release: Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its end-of-year immigration enforcement numbers, the results of a year-long return to enforcing the law, upholding the integrity of our lawful immigration system, and keeping America safe. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported […]

News Roundup (December 5, 2017)`

1. Higher Education: “Cengage Unlimited” Launches, On-Demand Access to ALL Cengage Digital Higher Education Materials For One Fee 2. Florida: Santa Rosa County School District Decides to Not Remove Fahrenheit 451 From 8th Grade Curriculum (via CBLDF) 3. History: 100,000 Items From Oklahoma’s “OK Hub” Now Discoverable in DPLA 4.  Movie About MIT Hacktivist Aaron Swartz in […]

Open Access: New Data Says 37% of UK Research Outputs Freely Available Immediately at Time of Publication

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From the Universities UK’s Open Access Co-ordination Group: The proportion of UK research which is available via open access is increasing at a considerable rate, with 37% of research outputs freely available to the world immediately at publication. ​​This report, the second in a series commissioned by the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group, aims to build on […]