August 24, 2016

Report Provides a Look at Continuing Education Programs From State Library Agencies


From the COSLA  (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies) Site: The 2016 Continuing Education State Reports [provides] an overview of State Library Agencies’ Continuing Education programs. This report was released last month. An infographic with highlights from the report is also available. Direct to Full Text Document (144 pages; PDF)

Reference: Economist Intelligence Unit Releases Rankings of World’s Most Livable Cities (Global Liveability Ranking 2016)

From the Economist Intelligence Unit: The latest findings of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking – which provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide – show that although Melbourne has retained its crown as the world’s most liveable city, liveability has deteriorated in 29 of the 140 cities (20 per cent) surveyed […]

Datasets: CMS Releases Second Annual Prescriber-Level Medicare Drug Data Public Use Files, Online Lookup Tool Also Updated

From the Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): We are pleased to announce the second annual release of the Part D Prescriber Public Use File, a dataset that details information on the prescription drugs that were prescribed by individual physicians and other health care providers and paid for under the Medicare Part D Prescription […]

Report: “Somalia to Reopen National Library Soon, the President”

From Goobjoog News: Speaking at the conclusion of three day Mogadishu Bookfair on Friday, Somali president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said that his government is carrying initiatives to set up Somali National library after it fell into ruin quarter century ago. “The premises of the library was fenced  with iron sheets in order to renovate it, soon […]

Open Access Monographs: Knowledge Unlatched Announces “KU Select 2016″ Collection, 343 Titles From 54 Scholarly Publishers


From Knowledge Unlatched: KU Select 2016 is Knowledge Unlatched’s (KU) third collection of specialist scholarly books in the Humanities and Social Sciences which it hopes to make available on an Open Access basis. As KU moves out of its Pilot phase, it has expanded its offering to 343 titles: 147 front list (to be published between […]

Open Access: PubMed Central (PMC) Reaches 4 Million Articles, Updates Made to Improve Content Navigation


From the PubMed Central News List (PMC Announce) and NLM Technical Bulletin (with Screenshots): As of August 2016, PMC (PubMed Central) is home to four million articles! To make this wealth of full-text content easier to navigate, PMC has rolled out a few updates: Search Result Filters On all search results pages, you will now see filters […]

University of Michigan’s Art, Architecture & Engineering Library Providing Access to Some E-Textbooks via Library Subscriptions


From Da Vinci’s Notes (U. of Michigan Art, Architecture & Engineering Library Blog): The engineering librarians at the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library are pleased to announce that some engineering textbooks for the Fall 2016 term are available to you in full text online through Library subscriptions. For a list of courses and books, please see: […]

Texas: Clear Lake Library 3D Printing Lab Helps 5-Year-Old Get New Hand

Note: The story linked below includes a 3:35 embedded video report, what was broadcast on KPRC in Houston. From KPRC-Houston: When the parents of a 5-year-old girl in Victoria set out on quest to find a prosthetic hand for their daughter, little did they know their search would end at a library in Clear Lake. […]

News Roundup

1. Milestones: IEEE Xplore Digital Library Reaches 4 Million Documents as Pace of Technical Contributions Accelerates 2. Gale Announces “Relevance Default Sort Enabled In InfoTrac Products” 3. Brill Adopts Two Libraries in Indonesia 4. Peerage of Science Partners With Taylor and Francis

Higher Education: TIAA Institute Report Finds Only Small Gains in African American and Latino Faculty Over Past Two Decades

New today. From the TIAA Institute: A new report released by the TIAA Institute finds that diversity amongst faculty in higher education institutions in America has made only small improvements in the past two decades. “Taking the Measure of Faculty Diversity” a study by Martin J. Finkelstein [Seton Hall University], Valerie Martin Conley [University of […]