November 24, 2014

Library Design: British Architects Unveil State-Of-The-Art Arctic Library in Norway

From The Guardian: It’s an unusual view to behold from a municipal library. The midday sun hangs just above the horizon, casting a heavenly glow across the water, beneath a sky streaked with pink, orange and blue. A foreground of fishing huts and boats armed with whaling harpoons completes the picture, which could come straight […]

National Library of Spain (BNE) Launches New Version of Linked Open Data Catalog, More LOD Also Available

A new version of (beta) recently debuted online from the National Library of Spain (Biblioteca Nacional de España/BNE). A BNE blog post (English translation) provides some highlights: RDF Data is CC0 New Visual Interface Bibliographic and Authority Data Available 4,138,285 Bibliographic Records 4,384,132 Authority Records Example: Here’s the authority record for some person named […]

Creative Commons Releases “State of the Commons” Report, 882 Million CC-licensed Works Now on Net


From a Creative Commons Blog Entry by CC CEO, Ryan Merkley: State of the Commons covers the impact and success of free and open content worldwide, and it contains the most revealing account we’ve ever published, including new data on what’s shared with a CC license. We found nearly 900 million Creative Commons-licensed works, dramatically […]

Videos: Learn About the Link-o-matic & Author Names Project at the Harvard Library Lab

We’re longtime admirers of the interesting and impressive work they do at the Harvard Library Lab. We’ve posted about what they’re up to a number of times on infoDOCKET. In fact, one of our most popular posts was back back on February 28, 2013 when we shared links to a number of project overview videos. […]

New Mobile Reference Resource: “Mobile Digest of Education Statistics, 2013″

The following resource was developed for access on mobile web browsers. From the National Center For Education Statistics (NCES): This accessible compilation of statistical information covers prekindergarten through graduate school to describe the current American education scene. The Mobile Digest is designed as an easy mobile reference for materials found in detail in the Digest […]

New Publication: “Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums: Transformative Spaces for Teens”

This new publication was released today on the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) web site. From an IMLS Overview/News Release: Twenty-four Learning Labs in libraries and museums across the country are engaging America’s youth in learning settings where they gain skills and following their passions. A new publication, Learning Labs in Libraries and […]

Open Access: Springer Signs Licensing Agreement with Dutch Universities

From the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU): The Springer publishing group and the Dutch universities have reached a negotiation agreement on the transition to open access. Both parties see open access publishing as the road to the future. ‘We’re confident that this agreement with Springer marks a key step in the right direction’, said Koen […]

News Roundup (Items from Biblioboard, ProQuest, Twitter, and Others)

1. LibraryThing Releases New and Improved Data Export Options (via LT Blog) 2. eBooks For Libraries: New Biblioboard Indie Rock Stars Module Will Offer High-Demand Titles From Today’s Hottest Independent Authors See Also: BiblioBoard, Bestselling Authors Partner on Library E-books (via PW) 3. New From Twitter: Share a Tweet through Direct Messages (via Twitter Blog) […]

Elsevier Offers DRM-Free Ebook-Bundling Through BitLit

From The Bookseller, by Porter Anderson: Elsevier has become the latest publisher to partner with Vancouver start-up BitLit to offer discounted ebook editions of a part of its book catalog. “And one of the exciting things is that Elsevier is going DRM-free on the bundling,” BitLit co-founder Peter Hudson (pictured) tells The Bookseller. “Not even […]

Simon & Schuster Drops “Buy it Now” Link Requirement on Ebook Borrow and Hold Pages

UPDATE We’ve added comments from Simon & Schuster and the American Library Association since we first posted this item. In June whenSimon & Schuster announced that their complete frontlist and backlist titles would be available to libraries for lending we also learned that S&S was requiring that titles acquired for library lending also include a link […]