March 28, 2015

New App Provides Mobile Access to Registration and Safety Data for Interstate Buses and Trucks

From DigitalGov: The new app from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [is] called “QCMobile. QCMobile (QC stands for “Query Central”) is a free download for anyone interested in reviewing the DOT registration and safety performance information of motor carriers. The app gives users more convenient access to currently available online safety […]

Canada: Nova Scotia: “Libraries Relieved that Province Won’t Put Tax on Books”

From The News (New Glasgow, Nova Scotia) Eric Stackhouse, chief librarian of the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, said it is good news that the province’s Finance Minister Diane Whalen has listened to the public concerns over taxing HST [harmonized sales tax] on printed books and said it would not be included in the budget on April […]

New Research From UK: “Gold Open Access in Practice: How Will Universities Respond to the Rising Total Cost Of Publication?”

From the London School of Economic Impact Blog: Are universities able to shoulder the costs of the open access transition? Stephen Pinfield presents findings on the current state of institutional costs. The total cost of publication is defined as existing subscription costs, article processing charges (APCs) and the costs of administering them. So is the total […]

Reference: U.S. Census Releases New Metro and County Population Estimates, America’s Fastest Growing Areas

Seeking the Sunshine

Note: Data Tables for population estimate released today can be found here. From the U.S. Census: Florida was home to the nation’s fastest growing metro area from 2013 to 2014, according to new U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan statistical area, micropolitan statistical area and county population estimates released today. The Villages, located to the west of […]

New Issue Brief From Ithaka: “Meeting Researchers Where They Start: Streamlining Access to Scholarly Resources”

Ithaka S+R has posted a new issue brief (15 pages; PDF) by Roger Schonfeld that will very likely be of interest to many of you. Title: Meeting Researchers Where They Start: Streamlining Access to Scholarly Resources Date: March 26, 2015 Author: Roger Schonfeld, Program Director, Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices, Ithaka S+R Blurb  Researchers today have access […]

Survey Findings: Young Americans Prefer Print Books Over E-Books


Here are key findings from a new study published today by Publishing Technology, a provider of content systems, content delivery, and audience development. Publishing Technology is also the owner of IngentaConnect. Make sure to note the mention of public libraries as a place to browse and a source to access books. The survey, which polled 1,000 […]

New E-Journal Article: “Pieced Together with Love and the Dublin Core”

The following article appears in the March 2015 issue of Library Philosophy and Practice a peer-reviewed publication from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. Title Pieced Together with Love and the Dublin Core Author Sarah Feldhaus San Jose State University Source Library Philosophy and Practice March 2015 Abstract The paper examines the advantages and disadvantages of […]

News Briefs: Items from Peer J, Portico, PEN American Center, and Others

1. Digital Preservation: PeerJ and PeerJ Preprints to be Preserved with Portico 2. Charlie Hebdo wins PEN American’s Freedom of Expression Courage Award (via Poynter) 3. Coming Soon: WorldCat Discovery Will Soon Provide Access to LexisNexis Academic (For Mutual Subscribers)

In the UK “Online Book Shopping Overtakes In-Store For First Time”

From The Bookseller: Print book sales showed “continuing resilience” in 2014, with overall spending on print and digital titles increasing across the year. Meanwhile, online book buying overtook in-store book buying for the first time last year. In 2014, sales of print and e-books stood at £2.2bn, up 4% from the previous year. The data […]

Reports in the News: FBI Releases Final Report of the 9/11 Review Commission

From the Federal Bureau of Investigation: Today [March 25, 2015], the FBI released The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century, the final report of the 9/11 Review Commission. This congressionally mandated review focused on the FBI’s implementation of the recommendations proposed by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the […]