September 30, 2016

Reference: Updated International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Database Highlights Global Disparity in Access to Cancer Care

From the IAEA: Most radiotherapy facilities in the world are located in high-income countries, and at least 36 nations do not have any such equipment to treat cancer. These are some conclusions drawn from data in the revamped Directory of Radiotherapy Centres (DIRAC), launched today on the margins of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) […]

Hartford Courant Op/Ed by Four Legendary Librarians: “Librarians Stand Again Against FBI Overreach”

From an Op/Ed in the Hartford Courant: We are the four librarians who fought a government gag order a decade ago when FBI agents demanded library records under the Patriot Act and told us, under penalty of criminal prosecution, that we couldn’t talk about it. We members of what the media called “the Connecticut Four” […]

New Report/Data: “Creativity Connects: Trends And Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists”


A new report by the Center For Cultural Innovation (CCI) for the National Endowment for the Arts. From the Introduction: The goal of Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists was to examine current and evolving conditions for how artists live and work. The world has changed significantly over the past decade, in ways that […]

News Roundup

1. Firefox Test Pilot Program Launches Three New Experimental Features 2. University of Michigan’s Clements Library Acquires Rare, Previously Unknown Hand-Drawn Map of Detroit 3. Arizona State University Acquires English Renaissance Texts 4. New List: Stanford, MIT and Harvard Top the Second Annual Reuters Top 100 Ranking of the Most Innovative Universities ||| Direct to University Comparison Tool ||| Methodology […]

Qatar University Library Collaborates with Elsevier, Similar to Collab with University of Florida

Note: In May, we posted (as did many others) about a pilot project between Elsevier and the University of Florida to “maximize reach, use of University of Florida research articles.” We learned at that time that this was something new for both U. of Florida and Elsevier. Yesterday, the Gulf Times (a Qatar website) posted […]

World Publishers and Librarians Issue Joint Pledge to Strive for Universal Access to Information


From the International Publishers Association (IPA) and the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA): The world bodies speaking for the publishing and library sectors, the IPA and IFLA, today pledge to find mechanisms for universal access to information, and to help national and international authorities to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals linked to literacy, […]

New: Capstone Report From an ITHAKA S+R Project on Information Needs, Research Practices of Community College Students

Comparison Of Main Finding Across Three Phases Of The Project (Montgomery College Libraries' Ethnographic Studies 2013 -2016; Page 9)

Note: Montgomery College is located in Montgomery County, MD (just outside of Washington DC). From Roger Schonfeld, Director, Libraries & Scholarly Communication Program, ITHAKA S+R: For three years, we have worked with Montgomery College to uncover the information needs and research practices of its students. As a result of this wide-ranging study—which included three campuses […]

OCLC and Internet Archive Share Results of Year-Long Effort to “Ensure Future Sustainability” of

From OCLC: OCLC and Internet Archive today announced the results of a year-long cooperative effort to ensure the future sustainability of The organizations have worked together to build a new sustainable service hosted by Internet Archive that will manage persistent URLs and sub-domain redirections for,, and Since its introduction by […]

Hoover Institution: Hoover Library & Archives Releases Open-Access Software on GitHub

From the Hoover Institution: This week, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives announces the debut of its GitHub page. [Clip] The first set of tools is utilities for making and verifying indexed MD5 checksum files on a Macintosh computer. These files are essential for ensuring our files do not change either when uploading to our […]

U.S. Copyright Office Seeks Additional Comments For Section 1201 Study

From the U.S. Copyright Office: The U.S. Copyright Office is conducting a study to evaluate the operation of section 1201 of title 17 [circumvention of copyright protection systems] and has reviewed public input from the first round of written comments and from roundtable participation. To further aid the analysis, the Copyright Office is now soliciting […]