August 26, 2014

New Online from The British Library: Oral History Recordings with British Sporting Legends

From the BL: With less than two weeks until the start of the London 2012 Olympics, the British Library is making available a selection of 61 oral history interviews documenting the lives and careers of sportsmen and sportswomen throughout the twentieth century. Available for anyone to listen to via the Library’s Sounds website, the recordings […]

Highlights From HathiTrust Activities Update (June 2012)

The latest HathiTrust Update (June 2012) is now online. Here are a few highlights. You can access the complete issue here. HathiTrust has updated its bibliographic metadata specifications and minimum bibliographic metadata requirements in preparation for moving to Zephir (under development by California Digital Library) as the bibliographic metadata management system for HathiTrust. The requirements […]

California: Saving Pomona Library May Prove Taxing

From the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: Here’s where matters stand with the Pomona Public Library: The library is likely to remain open through June 2013, but on an even more limited basis than today, and without most of its veteran employees. Meanwhile, there’s a strong chance Pomona voters will be asked to tax themselves to […]

Ohio: Champaign County Libraries Continue Multiple Disputes

From the Springfield News-Sun: The three public library systems in Champaign County continue to dispute the distribution of state money and library district boundaries. The Champaign County, St. Paris and Mechanicsburg libraries met Wednesday with the Champaign County Budget Commission to discuss the current plan for dividing state dollars and possible changes. The current distribution […]

UVA Law Library’s Digital Exhibit Reveals Little-Known Details of Tokyo War Crimes Trial, More the 28,000 Primary Documents Digitized

From the University of Virginia Law School: Frank Stacy Tavenner Jr., a 1927 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and assistant chief prosecutor of the Tokyo War Crimes trial, stood at the lectern on April 16, 1948, and delivered the final summation in the case against 28 Japanese defendants who stood accused […]

Full Text Book Available Online (Free): “Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine”

Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine is available FREE (122 pages; PDF) and/or for $31.24 from Amazon. It was published in April. A new article in NLM In Focus provides some highlights along with comments from the editor. “If I have a gift for anything, it’s that I love to find obscure and wonderful […]

Public Libraries: Jacksonville (FL) Public Library Plans to Cut Hours and Eliminate 71 Full Time Jobs

From The Florida Times-Union/Florida.com: Faced with a requirement to cut $4.66 million from its budget, the Jacksonville Public Library board has proposed reducing library service hours by 264 hours a week. This 24 percent reduction will come along with the elimination of 71 full-time positions. That includes 41 vacancies and 30 filled jobs, including librarians […]

ARL, ALA, and ACRL File Brief with U.S. Supreme Court in in Support of Lending Rights

UPDATE: Meredith Schwartz at LJ has posted a report about the filing that includes a comment from one of the author’s, Jonathan Band. From an Association for Research Libraries (ARL) News Release: The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) joined the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), who all […]

Syracuse University iSchool Professor Publishes Introduction to Data Science Textbook Online (Open Source)

From the Syracuse U. iSchool: In a world increasingly muddled by the proliferation of information, how can anyone hope to filter, organize, curate, and make sense of it all? That’s the job of data scientists, an emerging professional specialty in the information field. An  introduction to the discipline—along with a sampling of what a data […]