December 18, 2017

Standards: W3C Releases First Public Working Draft of “Cognitive Accessibility Roadmap and Gap Analysis”

From the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C): The Accessible Platform Architectures and Accessibility Guidelines Working Groups have published a First Public Working Draft of Cognitive Accessibility Roadmap and Gap Analysis. Developed by the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force, it explores user needs for people with cognitive or learning disabilities and identifies where additional web content authoring guidance is needed […]

Metadata: Dataverse Data Repository Project Announces Support for


From the Dataverse Blog: Search results account for a large portion of traffic to datasets published online. For example, since Dataverse 4 was released in June 2015, at least a fifth of the traffic to dataset pages in the largest Dataverse installation, Harvard Dataverse, has come from search engines, mostly Google. Giving search engines and […]

IFLA Issues Statement on the Destruction of 140,000 Library Books in Turkey


From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)/FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression): IFLA is deeply concerned by the announcement of the destruction of 140 000 books held by public-controlled libraries in Turkey. [Clip] Such broad and indiscriminate withdrawals of books from libraries risks challenging  the principle that the right of […]

New Journal Article: “Research Data Management Instruction for Digital Humanities”

The following article was published online today by the Journal of eScience Librarianship. Title Research Data Management Instruction for Digital Humanities Author Willow Dressel Princeton University Source Journal of eScience Librarianship Vol. 6 No.2 (2017) doi:10.7191/jeslib.2017.1115 Abstract eScience related library services at Princeton University started in response to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) data management […]

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 […]