January 22, 2017

Australian Library and Information Association Sends Letter of Support to Natalya Sharina, Librarian Under House Arrest in Russia

Kudos to the Australian Library and Information Association for showing public support for Natalya Sharina. Background We’ve posted about Natalya Sharina, Director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, since the library was raided and she was placed under house arrest in October 2015. In November 2016, the BBC, Radio Free Europe, and Amnesty International reported that […]

Reference: “SIPRI’s Arms Trade Treaty Database Now Covers Latin America and the Caribbean”

From SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute): SIPRI is proud to announce that is has expanded and improved its online database for Mapping Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)-relevant cooperation and assistance activities to include activities in Latin America and the Caribbean. The database now contains information on over 350 activities involving partner states from Sub-Saharan Africa […]

Video: San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera and Members of SF Writing Community Respond to Trump Presidency at SFPL Event

San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herra’s comments and those of other members of the SF writing/poetry community were shared last night (Jan. 18) at at the San Francisco Public Library. The event was titled, No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump and was co-sponsored with Litquake. From the SFPL/Litquake Announcement: On Wednesday, January 18, San Francisco […]

Listen Online: From the WGN Radio Archives: A 1995 Interview with Barack Obama

From WGN Radio in Chicago: As his presidency reaches its final hours, we recall an early memory of Barack Obama, this 1995 appearance with Milt Rosenberg on Extension 720 to discuss the release of Obama’s book, “Dreams from My Father.” The interview runs one hour. Direct to Streaming Audio

Open Access Books: “Introducing the Humanities Digital Library” (New From School of Advanced Study, U. of London)


From The Talking Humanities Blog: This week sees the launch of the Humanities Digital Library, a new open access  publishing platform for scholarly books. The Library is an initiative of the School of Advanced Study (SAS), led by the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). At launch the […]

New Reference Resource: U.S. Federal Government Open Licensing Playbook


From the U.S. State Department: The Global Education Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society, a U.S. Department of State federal advisory committee, offers the Open Licensing Playbook to the U.S. Government following approval by the Advisory Committee. The Playbook is a tool for federal departments interested in developing grant-supported open […]

Report: “Ransomware Attack Makes All St. Louis Public Library Computers Inoperable”


UPDATE 10:00AM (Saturday, Jan. 21, 2016) St. Louis Public Library OPAC Once Again Accessible Online UPDATE 8:30pm (Friday, Jan. 20, 2016) St. Louis Public Library Regains Control Of Server But Computer Services/Checkouts/OPAC Remain Unavailable (via St. Louis Post-Dispatch) UPDATE (Friday, Jan. 20, 2016) Letter to Library Patrons by Waller McGuire, Executive Director of the St. […]

Reference: “Closing the Book on bin Laden: Intelligence Community Releases Final Abbottabad Documents”

From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence: Today marks the end of a two-and-a-half-year effort to declassify several hundred documents recovered in the raid on Usama bin Laden’s Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound in May 2011.  This final batch of documents mirrors themes in previous releases, including bin Laden’s: Focus on the United States and […]

“The Hill” Reports Trump Administration Wants to Eliminate NEH and NEA

From The Hill: Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy, The Hill has learned. The changes they propose are dramatic. The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, […]

News Roundup

Industry News 1. Calls For Papers Info Added to ProQuest Pivot via “Papers Invited” Database 2. Privacy/Security: OpenSSL Software Foundation Announces Akamai is Funding Implementation of TLS 1.3 in OpenSSL 3. Reprints Desk Joins OpenAthens Federation 4. Altmetric in New Partnership with Shibboleth More Headlines A. CIA Updates Rules For Collecting and Retaining Info on Americans (via […]