May 2, 2016

Report: Google AI Has Access to Large Amounts of Patient Data From UK’s National Health Service

From New Scientist: A data-sharing agreement obtained by New Scientist shows that Google DeepMind’s collaboration with the NHS [National Health Service] goes far beyond what it has publicly announced. [Clip] DeepMind announced in February that it was working with the NHS, saying it was building an app called Streams to help hospital staff monitor patients […]

Susan Hildreth Elected ALA Treasurer For 2016-2018

From ALA: Susan H. Hildreth, executive director of the Califa Group, Pacific Library Partnership, Peninsula Library System and administrator of the NorthNet Library System in San Mateo, California, has been elected treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2016-18. Hildreth received 9,228 votes in the uncontested election. Hildreth will become ALA treasurer at the […]

James Neal Elected ALA President For 2017-2018 Term

From American Libraries: James G. (Jim) Neal, university librarian emeritus at Columbia University, New York, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association. Neal received 3,479 votes, while his opponents, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, professor and coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received 3,317 votes; and Christine […]

New Video Takes a Look at the Weston Library, Part of University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries

A new promo video for the Weston Library was made available on YouTube earlier today and is embedded below. The Weston Library reopened about 14 months ago after an £80m [$117 million/USD] restoration and renovation. More than 770,000 people visited the library in the first year after opening. See Also: UK: University of Oxford’s Weston […]

Recorded Webinar (Audio + Slides): An Introduction to Text Mining Government Publications

Earlier this week Julia Frankosky, Government Information Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries, presented a FDLP (Federal Depository Library Program) Academy webinar about text mining government sources. A recording of the 55 minute presentation is now available online and is free to access. From the Description: This webinar provides an introduction to text mining Government publications. Viewers will […]

Datasets: After Six Months, Mendeley Data Leaves Beta


From the Mendeley Blog: If you haven’t heard of Mendeley Data before, it’s a new product that allows anyone who has data from experiments to publish it online and get a DOI for it so that it is citable. We launched the beta version 6 months ago. We’ve released many new features over those months, […]

Africa: EIFL, Partners Announce New Project to Increase Open Access in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

From EIFL: EIFL and partners, Kenya Library & Information Services Consortium (KLISC), Consortium for Tanzania Universities and Research Libraries (COTUL) and Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL), have launched a two-year project titled ‘Open access policy development in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to make more digital content available’. The project is funded by Spider, the […]

UBC Press and University of Washington Press to Develop Digital Publishing Platform in Indigenous Studies with $509,000/3 Year Mellon Foundation Grant

From the University of Washington Press: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of British Columbia a three-year $509,000 grant to support a collaboration between UBC Press and the University of Washington Press for the development of a new writing and publishing infrastructure for Indigenous studies scholarship. [Clip] UBC Press and University of […]

Digital Preservation: Portico Hits 1 Billion Files Preserved


From ITHAKA: Today ITHAKA announced that its large-scale digital preservation service Portico now preserves one billion files or, in practical terms, more than 20,000 e-journals, 400,000 e-books, and 600 million images that include vast collections of historical newspapers. Portico has nearly doubled the amount of content it preserves in the past year, representing the ingestion […]

PubMed: Improvements to “My Bibliography” and Other Citations Research Management Tools Released

From the National Library of Medicine Technical Bulletin: NCBI has enhanced My Bibliography and Other Citations to include the following two improvements: a search and select tool to add citations from PubMed option to add citations in bulk using files that have citations in the MEDLINE or RIS (Research Information Systems) format. These features were […]