November 17, 2014

Visualize Relationships Between Musicians With Spotify’s New “Artist Explorer” & Two Additional Resources

A new experimental tool online from Spotify today. Enter an artist name or a genre and explore relationships between over 2,000,000 artists on Spotify. Direct to Spotify’s Artist Explorer Note: You do not have to be a Spotify user/subscriber to use the tool and see results. Coverage From TNW The Artist Explorer simply requires you […]

New Reference Database: FDA Warning Letters Sent To Dietary Supplement Companies

The new database comes from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), a trade group for the dietary supplement industry. From the CRN Introduction: [The database] compiles FDA Warning Letters sent to dietary supplement companies into a searchable database to help industry achieve better regulatory compliance. The database can be used to evaluate FDA’s warning letter […]

Alabama: Mobile County District Launches ‘Digital Literacy’ Program in 16 Media Centers

From AL.com: This fall, Mobile County school officials began a pilot “digital literacy” program at 16 schools to revamp the media centers, and the duties of the librarians who run them. [Clip] The key component of the digital literacy initiative is Discovery Education, a program that offers multi-level digital lessons that are aligned with the […]

New Issue Alert: Journal of Library Innovation (Vol 5, No 2; 2014) Now Available Online

Journal of Library Innovation is open access peer-reviewed journal. Journal of Library Innovation (Vol 5, No 2; 2014) Feature Articles Learning Through Play, the Old School Way: Teaching Information Ethics to Millennials PDF by Lucinda A Rush Open Scholarship for Open Education: Building the JustPublics@365 POOC PDF by Shawnta Smith-Cruz, Polly Thistlethwaite, Jessie Daniels Management […]

RLUK and OCLC Expand Shared Collection Management and Resource Discovery Goals

From Today’s Announcement: OCLC and Research Libraries UK (RLUK), a consortium of the largest research organisations in the UK and Ireland, today announced an expanded partnership that will help RLUK achieve key strategic objectives for shared collection management and resource discovery. Building on existing OCLC cataloguing arrangements, the new agreement offers RLUK members the opportunity […]

Report From U. of Michigan: HathiTrust Series Explores Benefits of Print Digitization

From The Michigan Daily: On Wednesday afternoon, a gathering of approximately 40 prominent faculty, including former University Provost Paul Courant, librarians from South Africa and African Studies, English, History and Anthropology scholars from the University had discussed the implications of digitization and the organization of libraries internationally. As part of a nine-day program titled “African […]

Omaha, Nebraska: Mayor’s Office Withdraws Request For Easier Police Access To Patrons’ Info In Case Of Emergency

Note: For background on this story see our post, “Omaha, Nebraska: Mayor’s Office Proposes Letting Police Check Out Library Patron Information” (October 18, 2014) From the Omaha World-Herald: The Mayor’s Office has withdrawn a request that the Omaha library board make it easier for law enforcement to access patron’s information. Mayor Jean Stothert’s chief of […]

News Roundup (Items From Wiley and QuestionPoint)

1. Wiley Announces Leadership Changes for Research Business Segment 2. 12 public libraries (BIBLIOPRESTO) in Quebec implement QuestionPoint Cooperative Virtual Reference

UNESCO, Nature Education, and Roche Partner to Launch World Library of Science (WLoS)

From Today’s Launch Announcement: Launched on the occasion of World Science Day for Peace and Development 2014, the WLoS (World Library of Science) is a science resource library stocked with over 300 top-quality articles, 25 eBooks, and over 70 videos from the publishers of Nature, the most cited scientific journal in the world. Users can […]

Collections: University of California Libraries’ Release Shared Print RoadMap 2014-2018

From a California Digital Libraries Blog Post: The University of California Libraries recently adopted a roadmap for UC shared print activities for the next few years. Key projects and policies that our libraries will pursue and explore include: Coordinated print serials archiving to UCs two Regional Library Facilities and a deduplication service A retrospective shared […]