May 26, 2016

A Profile of Librarian Megan Lotts and the Legos Playing Station in the Rutgers University Art Library

From Rutgers University: Megan Lotts is not a “shushing” librarian. In fact, the Rutgers University librarian rather delights in the noise, conversation and mess at the Lego playing station she installed in the center of the university’s Art Library: It means that people are solving problems and learning to work as a team. Accompanied by […]

Studying and Playing Retro Video Games at Canadian University Libraries

From the CBC: On the third floor of a University of Calgary building, a classic composition echoes through the halls, not Beethoven or Bach but Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. circa 1985. Old video games are disrupting the university’s ultramodern digital library. At universities across Canada, Super Mario Bros. and other games are infringing on Shakespeare’s turf, as […]

New Report: “Terra Cognita: Graduate Students in the Archives, A Retrospective on the CLIR Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources”


Here’s a new report from CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources): Terra Cognita surveys the current landscape of archival research and the experiences of emerging scholars seeking to navigate it. Drawing on data from CLIR’s Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, the report takes an in-depth look at how the conditions and practices […]’s ComiXology (Digital Comics, Graphic Novels, Manga) Launches “All You Read” Subscription Service, $5.99/Month


The new service is named ComiXology Unlimited. At the present time the service is only available in the U.S. but the company plans to expand internationally. From Entertainment Weekly: For $5.99 a month (after a 30-day free trial), users gain unlimited access to a trove of hot comics titles from The Walking Dead to Hellboy. […]

Reference: LexisNexis Releases Interactive “Rule of Law Impact Tracker”

This new resources is available to all. Free. From LN: LexisNexis Legal & Professional today launches an interactive online tool that shows how the rule of law is measured and why it’s important. This first-of-its-kind data tool, the LexisNexis Rule of Law Impact Tracker, quantifies the relationship between rule of law and social and economic […]

Accessibility Standards: World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Expands Work on Captions and Subtitles for More Accessible Video Content

From the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C): The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the global standards organization that develops the foundational technologies for the Web, has published new global guidelines, TTML Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.0 IMSC1 Recommendation, that will improve accessibility and make it easier and less expensive for distributors of […]

Open Access: Presentations From the Final PASTEUR4OA Conference Now Available Online


The EU-based PASTEUR4OA project held their final conference last week in Amsterdam. Presentations from the conference are now available online. Background From the Project’s Web Site PASTEUR4OA supports the aim of encouraging the development of matching policies on Open Access and Open Data in the European Union, according to the European Commission’s recent Recommendation on […]

Twitter Announces Upcoming Changes That Will Allow For Users to Share More in 140 Character Tweet

The news in the update below from Twitter has been rumored for several weeks. Today, formal confirmation. From Twitter: So, you can already do a lot in a Tweet, but we want you to be able to do even more. In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your […]

Tracking Legislation: Adds RSS-Based Alerts

From an In Custodia Legis (Law Library of Congress) Blog Post by Andrew Weber: Last year’s most viewed new post on In Custodia Legis was Legislation Email Alerts on The email alerts are an excellent addition to the system that allow you to track a specific piece of legislation, what a Member of Congress is sponsoring […]

Chicago Public Library and Actors’ Equity Unveil Chicago Film Archive of Performance


From the Chicago Tribune: A new archive of Chicago theater performances is being created through Actors’ Equity and the Chicago Public Library that will allow anyone with a valid photo ID to watch recorded shows like the recent hits “Sender” and “Byhalia, Mississippi.” It was announced Tuesday that The Chicago Film Archive of Performance, a program that mirrors […]