July 31, 2014

UC Berkeley University Librarian Tom Leonard Announces Retirement

The UC Berkeley Newscenter has posted a Q&A interview with University Librarian Tom Leonard. The interview also includes news that Leonard will be retiring next June after leading the UC Berkeley Library for 15 years. We wish him the very best. More about Tom Leonard in future posts. The interview consists of 14 questions and […]

Audio: Four Iowa Librarians Interviewed on Iowa Public Radio Talk Program

From Iowa Public Radio’s “Talk of Iowa” program: Charity Nebbe talks with [Olivia] Madison [Dean of Parks Library, Iowa St, University] and the heads of Iowa’s two other major research libraries, Chris Cox who is Dean at the University of Northern Iowa, and John Culshaw, a librarian at the University of Iowa. Dara Schmidt, Director […]

New Report: Survey of U.S. District Court Judges Finds Infrequent Social Media Use by Jurors

From the Federal Judicial Center: Social media use by jurors, and the problems resulting from it, remains a relatively infrequent occurrence, according to a survey of U.S. district judges. Nearly 500 judges in all 94 districts responded to a Federal Judicial Center survey assessing jurors’ use of social media. The findings were published in May […]

Amazon Shares Explanation For Ongoing Battle with Hachette

Amazon shared their most detailed public explanation to date about why they continue to battle with Hachette. From the Post: The key objective is lower e-book prices. Many e-books are being released at $14.99 and even $19.99. That is unjustifiably high for an e-book. With an e-book, there’s no printing, no over-printing, no need to […]

Macmillan Expands Public Library eBook Lending Pilot Program With Complete Collection of Frontlist Titles

From Macmillan: Macmillan Publishers will be adding its full collection of frontlist eBooks to their public library e-lending pilot. [Clip] It is the first time the company has made its catalog of eBooks published in the last twelve months available for lending in libraries. The pilot program has been in place since March 2013 and […]

A New infoKit From JISC: “Enhancing Presentations for the Multimedia Generation”

New from JISC in the UK. From an Introductory Blog Post by Tracey Duffy on the JISC Digital Media Blog: Today [July 24] sees the launch of our new infokit “Enhancing Presentations for the Multimedia Generation”, which aims to provide guidance on best approaches in using presentation software such as  PowerPoint, Prezi and SlideShare, looking […]

Scholarly Publishing: Brill Announces Four New Open Access Journals

From Brill: Brill is now announcing the launch of four new full Open Access journals in the following disciplines: Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, and Biology. These journals will offer a pure open access environment. Each journal will be divided in sections that align with the major subject areas in the discipline. Each of the four […]

The Ohio St. University Libraries: “Digital Preservation Policy Framework: A Case Study”

A new case study from EDUCAUSE written by Daniel Noonan, assistant professor and e-records/digital resources archivist, The Ohio State University Libraries University Archives. Key Takeaways:  The Ohio State University Libraries created an organizational policy for digital preservation, shared here to address the policy development process and its importance to an organization, and to provide an […]

Australia: “Government Librarians Urged to Lobby for Jobs in Face of Outsourcing”

From the The Canberra Times: Leaked documents from a post-budget meeting of senior government librarians reveal that many departments’ libraries have been, or may be, outsourced, and that senior librarians are urging each other to lobby to keep their jobs. The Department of the Environment has confirmed its internal library services have been cut. It […]

Working Paper: “Online Social Networks: Threats and Solutions”

The following working paper was recently updated (version 3) and made available via arXiv. Title Online Social Networks: Threats and Solutions Authors Michael Fire Telekom Innovation Laboratories at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Roy Goldschmidt The Knesset Research and Information Center Yuval Elovici Telekom Innovation Laboratories at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Source via arXiv.org […]