July 24, 2016

NY Times Explains Why Libraries are Everywhere in the Czech Republic

From The NY Times: There are libraries everywhere you look in the country [Czech Republic] — it has the densest library network in the world, according to a survey conducted for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. There are more libraries than grammar schools. In fact, there is one library for every 1,971 Czech citizens, […]

Kansas: Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Looks Ahead With 10-year, $6.5 Million Master Plan

Note: The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is the 2016 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year.  From The Topeka-Capital Journal: The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library has a wish list that includes as much as $6.5 million in remodeling and building projects to open the library’s space and provide more resources for patrons. […]

New Report / Data: “Digital Divide Narrows for Latinos as More Spanish Speakers and Immigrants Go Online”

From Pew Research Center: The long-standing digital divide in internet use between Latinos and whites is now at its narrowest point since 2009 as immigrant Latinos and Spanish-dominant Latinos make big strides in going online, according to newly released results from Pew Research Center’s 2015 National Survey of Latinos. Meanwhile, broadband use among Latinos is […]

Health Data: Annual Update for HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base

From the US Census: This annual update of the interactive global resource on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths coincides with the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. First developed in 1987, this marks 30 years of database releases. The HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base is a compilation of information […]

New National Association of College Stores Report Shows Increase in Use of Digital Course Materials

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From NACS: The preference for digital course materials by college students is gradually increasing according to the National Association of College Stores’ (NACS) twice-yearly survey of college students in the U.S. and Canada. The study, Student Watch™: Attitudes and Behaviors toward Course Materials: 2015-2016 Report, notes that 40 percent of students still prefer a printed […]

Reference: Illinois Comptroller Launches OpenBook, a State Contracts and Campaign Contributions Database

From the Office of the Illinois Comptroller: Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger on Wednesday unveiled her Office’s latest transparency website, OpenBook, which allows Illinoisans to use a “google-like” features to easily compare state contracts with campaign contributions. To access OpenBook, visit openbook.illinoiscomptroller.gov. By combining information from the Comptroller’s accounting system with information collected by the Illinois […]

Data Visualization: View, In-Real Time, What’s Being Searched For on the Toronto Public Library Website, Catalog

From Metro (Toronto): The library has developed a tool using Google analytics that pulls search topics into one spot and updates in real time, offering a fascinating glimpse into the city’s psyche — and a slightly addictive browser screen. “It provides a window into the whole range of questions, needs, and interests people bring to […]

Rosen Publishing and EveryLibrary Partner to Provide Pro-Bono Consulting to State Level School Library Stakeholders for ESSA Implementation Planning

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From a Rosen Publishing and EveryLibrary Announcement: Rosen Publishing and EveryLibrary today announce a joint project to provide pro-bono strategic consulting services to state-level school library stakeholders for ESSA Implementation Planning in their states. [Clip] Rosen Publishing and EveryLibrary have undertaken this time-sensitive project to support school library stakeholders during state-level ESSA Implementation Planning processes […]

News Roundup

1. MIT President Sends Letter to Faculty Regarding the Future of MIT OpenCourseWare (via MIT News) 2. Students Can Now Save on Their Student Loans with Amazon Prime (via Reuters) ||| Additional Details (via Wells Fargo)3 3. Google Play Books Launches “Bubble Zoom”, a New Way to Read Digital Comics on Phones and Tablets (via Official […]

Videos From U.S. Copyright Office Moral Rights Symposium “Authors, Attribution & Integrity” Now Available Online

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From The Library of Congress: The US Copyright Office [co-]sponsored a symposium [with the George Mason University School of Law/Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property] on the role of moral rights protection in the United States. This day-long event [titled “Authors, Attribution & Integrity”] brought together authors, scholars, and other stakeholders for a broad […]