September 1, 2015

California: Bakersfield City School District Passes Resolution Opposing Possible Privatization of Kern County Public Library System

From The Bakersfield Californian: The Bakersfield City School District board passed a resolution Tuesday not only opposing the possible privatization of Kern County’s public library system but also offering school funding as an alternative to that option. The resolution says the BCSD Board of Education “is opposed to any effort” by the Kern County Board […]

Idaho: Construction of an $8.5 Million Branch Library Begins in Boise This Fall

From Boise Weekly: Construction will get under way this fall on the the new $8.5 million Bown Crossing Library—the latest edition of the Boise Library network of neighborhood branches. [Clip] Preliminary designs indicate building materials would have regional and historic significance, including sandstone and natural timber accents. United Water has also been identified as a […]

Smithsonian: A National Museum of American History Blog Post Looks at “Collecting in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina”

From a NMAH “Oh Say Can You See” Blog Post by Erin Blasco: Late curator David Shayt of the museum’s Work and Industry division once said, “All museum work in one form or another is digging in the dirt. We dig in the dirt of old factories to find old machines and blue prints. We […]

Milestones: UK Medical Heritage Library Digitization Reaches Halfway Point With Over 26,000 Titles, Nearly 8 Million Page Images

From the Wellcome Library: Pathology, surgery, therapeutics, anatomy, public health – these are some of the top subjects that are covered by the UK Medical Heritage Library (UK-MHL) digitisation project. In July the UK-MHL project reached the halfway point, with over 26,000 titles digitised, resulting in nearly 8 million images. Our goal is to reach […]

New Research Article: “The Advantage of Short Paper Titles”

From a Nature Article: Adrian Letchford and his colleagues at the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK, analysed the titles of 140,000 of the most highly cited peer-reviewed papers published between 2007 and 2013 as listed on Scopus, a research-paper database. They compared the lengths of the papers’ titles with the number of times each […]

University of Texas System Launches First All-Digital, No-Paper Textbook Degree Program at UT Rio Grande Valley

From the University of Texas System: Entering freshmen enrolled in the new biomedical sciences degree program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will never have to buy a traditional textbook. Instead, their course materials will be delivered to them on iPads, which they [received at orientation earlier this week]. All classroom and online […]

UK: “British Library Rejects Taliban Trove Fearing Terror Laws”

From Agence France Presse: Academics have criticised the British government for creating a “climate of fear” after the national library declined to store the world’s biggest collection of Taliban-related documents over concerns it could be prosecuted under terrorism laws. A group of international researchers spent years putting together a trove of documents related to the […]

Reference: PayScale Releases 2015-2016 College Salary Report (Access Online)

From PayScale: This year PayScale reports on salary data for alumni of a total of 1,519 schools broken down by the following degree levels: Associate degrees (468 institutions) Bachelor’s degrees only – alumni who go on to receive advanced degrees NOT included (1,034 institutions) Bachelor’s degrees, including alumni who go on to earn advanced degrees […]

Cornell University Library and College of Arts and Sciences’ Awards Grants to Digitize Four Hidden University Collections

From the Cornell Chronicle: Some hidden Cornell treasures soon will be available to scholars around the world, thanks to the Cornell University Library and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Grants Program for Digital Collections, which this year awarded four grants. One such treasure is the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection, which includes more than […]

Service Hubs in Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Join the DPLA Hubs Network

From the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA): These Hubs were selected from the second round of our application process for new DPLA Hubs. [Clip] In Illinois, the Service Hub responsibilities will be shared by the Illinois State Library, the Chicago Public Library, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries of Illinois (CARLI), and the […]