January 28, 2015

North Carolina: NC LIVE Announces Homegrown Ebook Program Will Continue as Regular Service

News of the Homegrown Ebook Program Collection becoming a regular service along with a summary of the program to this point (the pilot phase has concluded) were shared yesterday in a memo by NC LIVE’s Assistant Director, Jill Morris. NC Live is North Carolina’s statewide online library service The complete memo (1337 words) is posted […]

Public Libraries: EveryLibrary Releases 2014 Annual Report

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Congrats and kudos to EveryLibrary Founder/Executive Director John Chrastka and the other members of the EveryLibrary team on the publication of the organization’s 2014 Annual Report. The document provides details about the vital work EveryLibrary did during 2014 to support public libraries in the United States. The report also includes goals for 2015. From an […]

News Roundup (Items from BiblioBoard, S.C. State Library, Boopsie, and Others)

Four headlines and links with more to come. 1. BiblioBoard Adds New Publisher Content To PatronsFirst (via No Shelf Required) 2. South Carolina State Library Launches New SmartSearch Enhancements (Now Powered by EBSCO Discovery Service) 3. Mobile Apps: Boopsie Expands Into Academic/Legal Marketplace, Announces New Customers and New Strategic Partnerships With LexisNexis, Springshare And NELLCO […]

New Resource: ProQuest, University of Michigan Library and Bodleian Libraries Provide 25,000 Early Modern Books as Open Access Text

In one word, WOW! Note that the entire collection can be downloaded for analysis. From Today’s Announcement: The texts of the first printed editions of Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Milton as well as lesser-known titles from the early modern era can now be freely read by anyone with an Internet connection. The University of Michigan Library, […]

University of Oregon Asks Professor Stop Reading and Return Copies of 22,000 University Documents 7 Weeks After Obtained From Library

From The Register-Guard (Salem, OR): The University of Oregon ordered the professor who got 22,000 pages of presidential documents from the UO library archives to quit reading them — nearly seven weeks after he got them from the library. In a letter — dated Jan. 20 and obtained anonymously by The Register-Guard — the UO […]

Canada: Scholars Portal From Ontario Council of University Libraries Now Locally Hosting 40 Million Articles

Congrats to the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) on the milestone! As we post this item, Scholars Portal contains 40,025,215 articles from over 16,432 full text journals locally hosted by OCUL technology located in the Roberts Library at the University of Toronto. The database is available to students and faculty at Ontario’s 21 universities. […]

IMLS Releases New Report With FY2012 U.S. Public Library Statistics, More Than 1.5 Billion Trips to Public Libraries During Year

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services: In 2012, Americans made 1.5 billion trips to public libraries in the United States — the equivalent of more than 4.1 million visits each day, according to new research by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The research indicates there is still a high demand […]

Project MUSE Signs Agreement With Portico to Preserve Entire Collection of E-Journals (600+ Titles From 120 Publishers)

From Portico: Project MUSE has entered into an agreement with Portico to preserve its complete collection of scholarly electronic journals, which contains titles from more than 120 not-for-profit scholarly publishers worldwide. Project MUSE and Portico began their partnership in 2012 with the preservation of e-books from the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC) collection. “Project MUSE […]

ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy Releases Draft of National Public Policy Agenda For Libraries

From ALA: Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) released a discussion draft policy agenda for libraries to […]

Fast Facts: Tax ID Theft Tops FTC Complaints in 2014 (List and Infographic)

From the Federal Trade Commission: Tax-related identity theft was the most common form of identity theft reported to the Federal Trade Commission in 2014, while the number of complaints from consumers about criminals impersonating IRS officials was nearly 24 times more than in 2013, according to FTC statistics released today. [Clip] The statistics released today […]