April 16, 2014

NLW 14: SAGE Offers Free Full Text Access to 7 Information Science and 83 Education Journals Until the End of This Month

Some more freebies to share as National Library Week gets underway. You’ll need to register for a free SAGE account but this only takes about minute or two. Once your registration is complete all of the journals listed below can be accessed for free until the end of April 2014.  Create an Account and/or Register […]

New Full Text Reference Resource From US PIRG: “Affordable Textbooks: A Policy Guide”

The new policy guide was published about a week ago by U.S. PIRG (United States Public Interest Research Group) Education Fund And The Student PIRGS. The purpose of this guide is to provide policy guidance to thought leaders and decision-makers from all levels of institutions and government – from individual campuses considering policies that support open textbook […]

Open Educational Resources: Online Course Materials to Reduce Costs for Alberta Students

From Global News: The Open Educational Resources Initiative has been in the works for a few years. Through the initiative, more educational resources such as textbooks, modules, lesson plans, and multi-media materials will be made available for students online. [Clip] While the details of the program have yet to be solidified, the initiative will be […]

“Inside the Digital Public Library of America”: A Presentation by DPLA Founding Executive Director Dan Cohen at OCLC HQ (Video)

Here are video and slides from a recent presentation that we believe will be of interest to many of you. On March 7th, Digital Public Library of American Executive Director, Dan Cohen gave a presentation at OCLC HQ in Dublin, Ohio titled, “Inside the Digital Public Library of America.” The talk was part of the OCLC […]

Business Reference: Beta Release of Workforce Statistics Analysis Tool from U.S. Census

From the United States Census: The U.S. Census Bureau is unveiling a new Web-based analysis tool that provides access to the full Quarterly Workforce Indicators dataset. The tool – named QWI Explorer – includes measures on employment, job creation and destruction, hires and wages from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program. QWI Explorer allows users to compare, rank and […]

Take a Look at a New Promo Video For the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford University

Many of you have told us over the years that you find posts that point to library promotional tools, videos, etc. interesting and sometimes useful. With that in mind, here’s a new video from the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Blurb: “The most efficient way of getting access to whatever knowledge and information I need”: […]

HathiTrust Research Center Announces Recipients of Prototyping Project Awards

From the HT March 2014 Update. The HathiTrust Research Center is pleased to announce the recipients of 4 prototyping project awards, granted as part of the Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis (WCSA) project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and directed by J. Stephen Downie (PI), Tim Cole (co-PI), and Beth Plale (co-PI). Each […]

The Harvard Library is Adopting Ex Libris Primo as Discovery System

From The Harvard Library The Harvard Library, following an extensive review of discovery systems, will adopt the Primo discovery and delivery system from Ex Libris. Discovery systems were evaluated by the Discovery Platform Investigation working group. The following major components formed the basis of the assessment: Ease of use/intuitive interface Coherent aggregation of local, licensed and open […]

ALA Releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report Including List of Most Challenged Books of 2013

The full text report (HTML) is available here. A PDF version is “coming soon” according to ALA. Highlights From the Report (via ALA News Release and Report Intro): Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the […]

Florida Polytechnic University Will Open This Fall With a Nearly Virtual Academic Library

From The Legend (Lakeland, Florida): When the university [Florida Polytechnic] opens its doors to students this fall, the library will be almost completely online, although certain hardcover books will be available on an as-needed basis. Kathryn Miller, director of library services for the school, said the challenge of setting up and planning library services for the […]