December 14, 2017

UK/Ireland: Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Publishes “Mapping the Future of Academic Libraries” Report


From SCONUL: SCONUL has published its new report “Mapping the Future of Academic Libraries” commissioned from the University of Sheffield Information School. The report highlights a number of challenges and opportunities for SCONUL members, including the development of AI and machine learning, datafied scholarship and the on-going challenges of blurred boundaries between the library and the rest […]

News and New Resources Roundup (December 8, 2017)

1.New Satellite Imagery Shows Columns of Smoke from California Wildfires (via NASA) ||| Additional Imagery (via NASA) 2. Cambridge University Press Launches New Content Sharing Service Pilot 3. U.S. Congress: Iraq Study Group Papers of Lee Hamilton Now Available Digitally From Indiana University Libraries 4. Music: Unique View of Athens Arts and Music Scene From 1987-2012 […]

New Factsheet: “Implementing FAIR Data Principles: The Role of Libraries”

Info/link to a new factsheet re: FAIR from LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) that might be of interest to some of you. From a LIBER Blog Post: For libraries which do not already actively promote and include the FAIR Data Principles [Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable] in their work, LIBER’s Research Data Management Working […]

Washington State Archives’ Digital Archives Reaches 200 Millionth Record

From the Washington Secretary of State: The Washington State Archives’ Digital Archives reached a milestone achievement late last week when it entered its 200 millionth record into the state database. [Clip] The Washington State Archives’ Digital Archives is the nation’s first archives dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both state and local […]

Statistics: U.S. Census Releases 2012-2016 America Community Survey Five-Year Estimates Data on More Than 40 Social, Economic, Housing and Demographic Topics


From the U.S. Census: The nation experienced an increase in commuting time, median gross rent and a rise in English proficiency among those who spoke another language. These are only a few of the statistics released today from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey five-year estimates data release, which features more than 40 social, economic, […]

Tulane University Preserves Digital Histories of LGBTQ+ Activism in the South

From Tulane University: Through the recent acquisition of records from the youth LGBTQ organization BreakOUT!, Newcomb Archives is preserving the group’s story of empowering the LGBTQ community in New Orleans. BreakOUT! is also the first completely digital collection at Newcomb Archives and serves as a pilot collection for other digital-archiving initiatives. [Clip] “All too often, trans history has […]

Digital Resources: View, Download, Print: 3D Scans of Idaho Ancient Bison Fossils Now Available Online

From Idaho St. University: The Bureau of Reclamation and the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) have partnered to make fossils more available to the public. Beginning today, the 3-D scan models of Bison latifrons specimens are available online to view, download, and print in 3-D. [Clip] The Bison Digitization Project, creates an open-access digital […]

New Report: “National Security, the Assault on Science, and Academic Freedom”


From the American Association of University Professors (AAUP): A new report, National Security, the Assault on Science, and Academic Freedom, released by the AAUP details troubling threats to academic freedom in the physical and natural sciences that have been exacerbated by the Trump administration’s hostility to science. International scientific exchange and, especially, the charging of innocent Chinese […]

News Roundup (December 7, 2017)

1. Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Develops Plug-In Designed to Port/Preserve bepress Content to Open Journal System (OJS) Platform 2.  Students  at Washington University in St. Louis Petition Against Decision to Move Physics Library (via Student Union) 3. Texas Prisons Ban Over 10,000 Books. An Israeli Diplomat Wants to Know Why Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is Allowed (via Texas Tribune) ||| […]

New Research Finds “‘Widespread Misattribution’ in Research Publications and Grant Proposals”

From the University of Alabama-Huntsville: “Authorship and Citation Manipulation in Academic Research,” co-authored by Dr. Allen “Al” Wilhite and Dr. Eric Fong, has been published by PLOS ONE, a peer-reviewed open-access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science. Both men are professors in the College of Business at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), where Dr. […]