December 7, 2016

News Roundup

1. NPD Data: Sales of Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Devices Up 300% (Six months Ending October 2016) vs. Six Months Prior (November 2015 – April 2016) 2. New Instagram Tools Give Users More Control of Comments 3. 20 million files added to Aus Gov #webarchive – about 2 TB of data collected in late October, indexed […]

ALA Joins 16 Organizations in Advocating for Technology Rights and Opportunity

From the American Library Association: Today the American Library Association (ALA) announced its participation with a new coalition calling for greater rights and opportunity for all in national technology and media policymaking. The ALA joined 16 other organizations in signing onto “Technology Rights and Opportunity” principles advocating for policies that ensure freedom of speech and […]

More Than 600 Springer Nature Journals Adopt New Data Sharing Policies

From Springer Nature: More than 600 journals across Nature Research, Springer, BioMed Central and Palgrave Macmillan have committed to encouraging good practice in the sharing, archiving and citation of research data by adopting new Springer Nature research data policies. The text of the policies has today been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC […]

Now Available: OECD Releases 2015 PISA Global Education Survey Results, Data From 72 Countries


From the OECD: Singapore outperforms the rest of the world in the OECD’s latest PISA survey, which evaluates the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems. The top OECD countries were Japan, Estonia, Finland and Canada. The OECD’s PISA 2015 tested around 540,000 15-year-old students in 72 countries and economies on science, reading, maths and […]

University of British Columbia: UBC’s Okanagan Campus is Focus of $40 Million Investment for Library Expansion and Infrastructure Upgrades

From the University of British Columbia: A joint federal-provincial and university investment totalling $40.65-million [approx. $30 million/USD] was announced today at UBC’s Okanagan campus to establish a new Teaching and Learning Centre and fund various sustainability and infrastructure upgrades. [Clip] The bulk of the funding, $35 million, including a major investment by students, will go […]

Federation of European Publishers (FEP) Releases European Book Publishing Statistics 2015


From the Federation of European Publishers (FEP): Figures on the overall economic significance of the publishing industry refer to net publishers’ turnover, i.e. the publishers’ total revenues from the sales of books, not the total market for books (margin of booksellers or other retailers). They also do not account for revenues in terms of selling rights […]

New Research Resources: Migration Data Catalogue and Dynamic Data Hub (EU Migration Data at a Glance)

From the European Union Science Hub: On 2 December 2016, the European Commission’s Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) launched two new tools: the Migration Data Catalogue and the Dynamic Data Hub. These tools centralise migration related data, to better understand migration flows, trends and their impact on societies across the EU. [Clip] The Migration […]

A New and Significantly Expanded Release of HathiTrust Research Center Extracted Features Open Dataset Now Available


From HathiTrust: HathiTrust today announces the release of a significantly expanded open dataset, the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) Extracted Features (EF) Dataset, Version 1.0. This dataset provides researchers with open access to data extracted from the full text of the HathiTrust Digital Library (HTDL) at an unprecedented scale. The Extracted Features Dataset opens the complete […]

Video Recording: “CLOCKSS, LOCKSS and the “Long Tail,” Preserving at-Risk Publishers”

The following video recording of a CRL (Center for Research Libraries) webinar was recorded on December 1, 2016. About the Webinar From CRL: As part of an effort to strategically expand the universe of archived title holdings, CRL hosted a webinar in February, 2016, to examine how Portico has expanded its coverage of smaller electronic […]

Harvard Business Review on “How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library”

From a new article by Bruce Strong and Mary Lee Kennedy: The New York Public Library is one of the largest public libraries in the world, with 18 million visitors yearly, a budget of nearly $300m, and 93 branches. It serves vastly diverse populations: toddlers and caregivers, new immigrants, lifelong learners, famous novelists, and […]