June 30, 2016

Conference Paper: “Detecting US Federal Documents to Expand Access” (HathiTrust Fed. Docs Program)

The following paper will be presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2016 taking place August 3-19, 2016 in Columbus, OH. Title Detecting US Federal Documents to Expand Access Authors Mike Furlough HathiTrust Valerie Glenn HathiTrust Source IFLA.org Abstract This paper reports on HathiTrust’s Federal Documents Program, which facilitates collective action to create […]

Amazon Introduces Page Flip: A New Ebook and Exploration and Navigation Feature For Kindle Devices and Apps

From Amazon.com: Today, Amazon announced Page Flip, a reimagined Kindle navigation experience that makes it easy to explore books while always saving your place. With Page Flip, readers can easily flip back and forth between pages to reference different parts of the book while they read. Page Flip will be delivered as part of a […]

Video: “Library E-book Platforms: An Update” (DPLAfest 2016 Panel Discussion)

The panel discussion embedded below was recorded at DPLAFest 2016 (Digital Public Library of America) in Washington DC on April 14, 2016. The discussion runs 55 minutes. Title Library E-book Platforms: An Update Description (via DPLAfest Web Site) Library ebook stakeholders convened at DPLAfest 2015 to collaborate and address the challenges ebooks present to libraries. […]

Tennessee: Chattanooga Public Library’s New LoLa System Creates Instantaneous Collaborations

From The Times Free Press: While people all over town were creating all manner of music as part of International Make Music Day on June 21, a group of adults and kids gathered into one side of the fourth floor in the Chattanooga Public Library downtown to learn to play the harmonica from an instructor […]

Launched Today: Amazon Inspire, a Free Service for Digital Educational Resources (Beta)

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Note: At the present time access to Amazon Inspire requires an invite. You can request one here. From Amazon.com: Today at ISTE 2016, Amazon announced Amazon Inspire, a free service for the search, discovery and distribution of digital educational resources. Amazon Inspire, with its features such as search, discovery and peer reviews, will provide educators—regardless of […]

U.S. Publishers Report Lower Sales at Start of 2016, eBooks Decline

From the Association of American Publishers: Note:  Publisher net revenue is tracked monthly by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and includes sales data from more than 1,200 publishers. Figures represent publishers’ net revenue for the U.S. (i.e. what publishers sell to bookstores, direct to consumer, online venues, etc.), and are not retailer/consumer sales figures. […]

British Library Labs Competition 2016 Announces Finalists

From BL Labs: The annual Competition looks for transformative project ideas which use the British Library’s digital collections and data in new and exciting ways. After much deliberation and a strong number of entries this year, BL Labs is excited to introduce the BL Labs Competition (2016) finalists and their two projects: Black Abolitionist Performances […]

Greece: Unveiling of New National Library Building in Athens

From Agence France-Presse: A leading Greek foundation on Friday unveiled a sprawling new park, opera and national library in southern Athens designed to “give hope” to a country brought low by a six-year economic crisis. [Clip] The new Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, expected to fully open in mid-2017, occupies 20 hectares (50 acres) overall near […]

Reference: Article/Data Set: “Yale Researchers Map 6,000 Years of Urban Settlements”

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From the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies: As the growth of cities worldwide transforms humans into an “urban species,” many scholars question the sustainability of modern urbanization. But in reality there aren’t much data on long-term historical urbanization trends and patterns. A recent Yale-led study offers new clarity on these historical trends, providing […]

Library News Roundup

1. Illinois: Richard Kong is New Director of Skokie Public Library, Will Replace Carol Anthony (via The Chicago Tribune) 2. Kansas: School Libraries Shift Toward Innovation Areas, But Librarians Fear For What’s Lost (Via KC Star) 3. Minnesota: Duluth Public Library New Strategic Plan Focuses on Early Literacy (via NNCNOW) ||| Direct to Draft of Strategic Plan […]