October 13, 2015

New Research Article: “Content Volatility of Scientific Topics in Wikipedia: A Cautionary Tale”

Published yesterday on PLOS One. Title Content Volatility of Scientific Topics in Wikipedia: A Cautionary Tale Authors Adam M. Wilson University at Buffalo Gene E. Likens University of Connecticut Source PLOS One Published: August 14, 2015 10.1371/journal.pone.0134454 Abstract Wikipedia has quickly become one of the most frequently accessed encyclopedic references, despite the ease with which […]

Ian Singer, VP and Group Publisher, to Depart Media Source (Owner of LJ, SLJ, and The Horn Book)

Here’s the full text of an announcement we just received from MediaSource, parent/publisher of Library Journal, School Library Journal and The Horn Book. Media Source, Inc., has announced that Ian Singer is leaving his position as Vice President & Group Publisher, Library Journals, LLC & The Horn Book, Inc., as of August 28. During his […]

First Meeting of the Open Textbook Network Set to Take Place Next Week

From UMass Amherst: Leaders representing more than 75 colleges and universities across the country will convene on the Twin Cities campus [August 3-5, 2015] to develop strategies for advancing open textbook programs on their campuses. Participants will also gain expertise in helping faculty understand the negative impact high textbook costs can have on students’ academic […]

Educational Publishing: Getting Started With EDUPUB, a New Guide From the BISG


Two items in the post below! UPDATE July 31 EDUPUB Draft Profile Available for Public Review (via IDPF) [EDUPUB is a] semantically-enhanced profile of EPUB 3 for e-textbooks and other learning content, is now available for a 30 day public review. The call for review also includes specifications for: Open Annotations in EPUB 1.0 EPUB […]

New Online Database Provides Searches of Registered Designs in Israel

From Lexology: Until recently, the only option for searching through registered designs in Israel was through the use of a computer terminal located at the Israel Patent Office (ILPO) in Jerusalem. In response to a growing demand for such searches, the ILPO has launched a new online database and search engine of registered designs that […]

Higher Education (U.S.): New Data Released on Postsecondary Tuition, Fees and Degrees

From the National Center for Education Statistics: Between 2012-13 and 2014-15, the average tuition and required fees at 4-year public institutions (after adjusting for inflation) increased approximately the same for both in-state and out-of-state students (a nearly 3 percent increase for both). During that same time period, 4-year nonprofit institutions increased overall at 3 percent. […]

Full Text Article: “A Library in the Palm of Your Hand: Mobile Services in Top 100 University Libraries”

The following full text article appears in the current issue of Information Technology and Libraries. Title A Library in the Palm of Your Hand: Mobile Services in Top 100 University Libraries Authors Yan Quan Liu Southern Connecticut State University Special Hired Professor at Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin, China Sarah Briggs Library/Media Specialist at Jonathan […]

Oxford University Press Adding 20 New Titles to OUP Journals Collection for 2016

From an Oxford University Press Announcement: We are delighted to announce final confirmation that 20 prestigious journals will be joining the Oxford Journals Collection for 2016, 14 of which are brand new to OUP. This brings our total Collection offering to 311 journals. These include highly regarded titles such as Pain Medicine and the Journal […]

ALA Opens Nominations For 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

From the American Library Association: The American Library Association (ALA) asks library users to nominate librarians that have transformed lives and communities through education and lifelong learning for its coveted 2015 I Love My Librarian Award. The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the public service of exceptional public, school, college, community college or […]

Qur’an Manuscript Held by University of Birmingham Dated Among the Oldest in the World

From the University of Birmingham: A Qur’an manuscript held by the University of Birmingham has been placed among the oldest in the world thanks to modern scientific methods. Radiocarbon analysis has dated the parchment on which the text is written to the period between AD 568 and 645 with 95.4% accuracy. The test was carried […]