May 3, 2015

Ann Thornton Appointed University Librarian and Vice Provost at Columbia University

Ann Thornton is leaving NYPL and moving to Columbia University where she will begin her job on June 1, 2015. Here’s some of what the Columbia University Libraries shared in their announcement today: Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger today announced his appointment of Ann D. Thornton as the next University Librarian and Vice Provost. […]

Library Leaders: Calgary Herald Publishes 3,000 Word Profile of Calgary Public Library CEO Bill Ptacek

Calgary Public Library’s CEO Bill Ptacek is profiled and interviewed in a new in-depth profile (about 3000 words, wow!) about his work at CPL and librarianship in general. Ptacek took over as CEO the Calgary Public Library on February 1, 2014 after leaving his position (one he held for 25 years) as director of the […]

Netherlands: Second-hand E-Book Seller Complains About Dutch Publishers

From A Dutch web firm that sells second-hand e-books has complained to the country’s competition authorities that it is being boycotted by three of the largest Dutch publishers. The bookseller Tom Kabinet claimed the publishers VBK, Meulenhoff/Lannoo and WPG have blocked it from selling their e-books through its website, and alerted the authority for […]

Rhode Island: Millions of State Historical Records Stored In Flood-Prone Basement

From WPRI-TV: Some of Rhode Island’s most important and historic records are just a power outage away from damage and destruction. Rhode Island is the only state in the nation that does not have a permanent location for their state archives, according to the Secretary of State’s office. The leased office space that currently houses […]

University of Chicago Library Acquires Papers of Cartoonist Daniel Clowes

From U. of Chicago: The University of Chicago Library has acquired the papers of cartoonist Daniel Clowes, giving researchers access to never-before-seen notes and sketches from the acclaimed comic book author. The materials in the collection—notes, outlines, narrative drafts, character sketches, draft layouts, line art, book dummies and more—reveal the start-to-finish artistic process behind three […]

Getty Research Releases Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) as Linked Open Data (LOD), Over 650,000 Names Included

The Getty Research Institute announced the release of Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) earlier today. This is the third release of LOD from Getty. From a Blog Post by James Cuno, CEO of The J. Paul Getty Trust: We’re delighted to announce that the Getty Research Institute has released the Union List of Artist Names […]

Datasets: Center for Medicare Studies Releases Prescriber-Level Medicare Data for the First Time

From CMS: We are pleased to announce the release of a new dataset that details information on the prescription drugs that individual physicians and other health care providers prescribed in 2013 under the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program.  Approximately 68 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in the Part D program, 36 million […]

Smithsonian Debuts First Ebook For Students (Free): “The Mind Behind the Mask: 3-D Technology And The Portrayal Of Abraham Lincoln”

From the SI/National Museum of American History: As part of its marking of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the assassination of the nation’s 16th president, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has published and posted its first e-book for students. “The Mind behind the Mask: 3-D Technology and the Portrayal of […]

A Google for Handwriting: Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) Being Used to Digitize Cultural Heritage Materials in Sweden

From Uppsala University in Sweden: When the university library digitises printed books from heritage collections, it uses software that converts the pages to digital text, known as Optical Character Recognition (OCR). The software interprets the printed information and makes it searchable. With handwriting, HTR technology – handwritten text recognition – is used instead. It is […]

New Article: “Disrupting The Subscription Journals’ Business Model For The Necessary Large-Scale Transformation To Open Access”

Here’s an announcement/summary of a new article written by researchers from the Max Planck Digital Library. From the Announcement: The Max Planck Digital Library has put forward a study on the transformation of the subscription-driven system for scientific publications to an Open Access model. For the first time, quantitative parameters are presented showing that the […]