August 30, 2014

U. of Pennsylvania’s ‘ModPo’ MOOC Partners with New York Public Library

From Penn Current: Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman created an American tradition of radical poetry about 160 years ago, and this year, Penn’s Kelly Writers House (KWH) and the New York Public Library (NYPL) have created a radical way to teach it. Starting this fall, New Yorkers enrolled in Al Filreis’ online Modern and Contemporary […]

Access Online: University of Kansas Libraries Completes Digitization of Important Collection of Bird Illustrations

From the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Libraries have completed digitization of one of the world’s greatest collections of bird illustrations. The 19th century books of John Gould feature images of birds from around the world and have long appealed to everyone from Charles Darwin to amateur bird watchers. Gould’s work […]

National Gallery of Art Launches Interactive NGAkids Art Zone App For iPad, Inspired by the Collection

New from the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. From the NGA: The National Gallery of Art recently released a new children’s app for iPad, NGAkids Art Zone, now available for free download on iTunes. Echoing the style of the popular NGAkids online interactives, this dynamic app contains eight new hands-on activities inspired by […]

Coming Soon: New Version of OverDrive’s Mobile App Will Not Require Adobe Authorization

A new version (3.2) of OverDrive’s app for Android, iOS, and Windows 8 should be released mid-September according to an email update sent by OverDrive to library partners. OverDrive points out that the new version will no longer require authorization from Adobe (required for copyright, DRM) something library partners and users have wanted for a […]

Texas A&M International University Library Launch of WorldShare Platform Featured on Local TV Newscast

We always find it interesting to read, view, and listen to how library technology news, in this case the launch of the WorldShare platform from OCLC by the Texas A&M International (TAMIU) University Library, is reported by the mainstream press. The video report (embedded below) runs about two minutes and was broadcast Monday by KGNS-TV […]

New Issue Brief From Ithaka S+R Looks at Reimagining the Book Review Process

Here’s a new issue brief written by Oona Schmid, director of publishing at the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and released online today by Ithaka S + R. It’s titled, Faster and Cheaper: Can a Digital-Centric Workflow Transform the Book Review? From a Summary: Academic authors in the humanities and social sciences often wait three or […]

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Trethewey Places Her Archive at Emory University

From Emory University in Atlanta: Former U.S. Poet Laureate and Emory University faculty member Natasha Trethewey has placed her archive at Emory, according to an announcement by the university’s Manuscript Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL). The archive is currently open to researchers. “Natasha Trethewey is among the nation’s foremost contemporary voices in poetry,” says […]

Canada: Vancouver Public Library’s Main Branch Undergoing Reorganization, New “Inspiration Lab” Being Built

Media coverage of a reorganization process that began earlier this summer. From the Vancouver Sun: The downtown branch, which is known as the Central Library, is being rearranged to make it easier for people to find books, as well as to create space for a new Inspiration Lab. The 3,000-square-foot Inspiration Lab will be on […]

New Digital Archive of Images of Pre-Holocaust Jewish Life in Eastern Europe Now Available Online

From the AP: The International Center of Photography in New York and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday announced the joint creation of a digital database to facilitate access to photographer Roman Vishniac’s archive. Vishniac was a Russian-born Jew who moved to Berlin in 1920. He documented the rise of […]

Pennsylvania: Oldest Public Library in the Nation in Danger of Closing (Video)

From NBC Philadelphia: For more than two centuries, the Darby Free Library has remained both a vital part of its community as well as a historical landmark. Built in 1743 by Quakers, it remains the oldest public library [in continuous service] in the nation. But a financial crisis has left it in danger of shutting […]