July 20, 2017

Upcoming Symposium: “Harvard’s Special Collections Library Marks its 75th Anniversary with the Question: ‘Who Cares?'”

From Fine Books Magazine:  Houghton Library, Harvard College’s primary rare books and manuscripts library, recently announced the capstone event of its 75th anniversary year, a symposium that asks bluntly, “Houghton Library: Who Cares?” The event, scheduled for this October 5th-6th, will examine the library’s legacy, mission, and path forward through the lens of that central question […]

Reference: Tool to Access Historical USGS Topo Maps Upgraded with New User Interface, Map Comparisons

topoView, philly Change gif - July 2017

From USGS: Earlier this month, the USGS launched “TopoView 2.1”, an enhancement to the current popular TopoView mapping service that lets users discover, interact, and download historical USGS topographic maps scans. TopoView 2.1 is a modern web application built on an open source mapping platform that is free of charge. The highly interactive service provides tools […]

Video Recording of “Cultural Heritage & Data” International Symposium Now Available Online

A video recording of the “Cultural Heritage & Data” symposium (Day One) held on December 5-6, 2016 at the Library of Congress is now available online and embedded below. If/when video from Day Two of the symposium becomes available we well add it to this post. The EU and the USA have highly productive and excellence-driven […]

Reference: New Data: Globe Had 2nd Warmest Year to Date and 3rd Warmest June on Record


From a New Climate Summary from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2017 was the third highest for the month of June in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back 138-years to 1880. The year-to-date global temperature was second warmest on record. […]

New Journal Article: “Provide the Highest Level of Service”: Public Library Collections of LGBTQ* Materials for Adolescents in the United States”

The following published article appears in The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (a YALSA publication). Title Provide the Highest Level of Service: Public Library Collections of LGBTQ* Materials for Adolescents in the United States Authors Beth Brendler University of Missouri Lindsay Beckman Brentwood Public Library, MO Denice Adkins University of Missouri Heather Moulaison […]

News Roundup

1. Biodiversity Heritage Library Releases 2016 Annual Report 16 pages; PDF.  2. Open Access; Max Planck Digital Library Updates Expenditures for Various Publishers 3. USGS Topo Base Map Updates 4. Acquisitions: University of Chicago Library receives vintage Vivian Maier Prints 5. Data: 58 million U.S. Homes Now Have at Least One Connected TV or Attached Content Device (via […]

Big Deal! Internet Archive’s TV News Archive Launches Experimental Alert Service Using Facial Recognition

From The Internet Archive Blog: Working with Matroid, a California-based start up specializing in identifying people and objects in images and video, the Internet Archive’s TV News Archive today releases Face-O-Matic, an experimental public service that alerts users via a Slack app whenever the faces of President Donald Trump and congressional leaders appear on major TV news cable channels: […]

Reuters: French Court Refers ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Dispute to Top EU Court”

From Reuters: EU judges will have to decide whether Google has to remove certain web search results globally to comply with a previous privacy ruling, after France’s supreme administrative court referred the issue to the top EU court on Wednesday. Direct to Full Text Article See Also: Canada’s Supreme Court Orders Google to Remove Search […]

Video Report: Denver Public Library Offers Personalized Reading Lists Based on Tattoos

From KUSA (Denver): The Denver Public Library wants people to show a little skin; specifically, whatever part of you is home to a tattoo. They’ll recommend a book they think will speak to you based on the art you choose to wear every day. All day Monday, tattoo photos were posted on the library’s Facebook […]

New Preprint: “Wikipedia as a Gateway to Biomedical Research: The Relative Distribution and Use of Citations in the English Wikipedia”

The following preprint was posted on BioRxiv earlier today. Title Wikipedia as a Gateway to Biomedical Research: The Relative Distribution and Use of Citations in the English Wikipedia Authors Lauren A Maggio Uniformed Services University John Willinsky Stanford University Ryan Steinberg Stanford University Daniel Mietchen University of Virginia Joe Wass Crossref Ting Dong Uniformed Services […]