July 28, 2015

Report from the Smithsonian Libraries: “Increasing Accessibility with the ‘MARC Cocktail””

From a Guest Blog Post by Lesley Parilla, on the Smithsonian Libraries “Unbound” Blog: What is a library to do when it has fabulous materials to share with users, but making library records for each item requires significantly more time than a typical collection? This was the challenge of the Russell E. Train Africana collection. […]

National Association of College Stores Study Shows Continued Decline in Annual Student Spending on Course Materials

From NACS: National Association of College Stores’ (NACS) twice-yearly survey of college students in the U.S. The study, Student Watch: Attitudes and Behaviors toward Course Materials: Spring 2015 shows that average annual spending by students on required course materials has dropped from $701 in 2007/2008 to $563 in 2014/2015. The $563 average also dropped approximately […]

UK: “Libraries Taskforce Secures Further Funding To Roll Out Free Wifi in Public Libraries Across England”

From the UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport Arts Council England announces £7.1million [$11.08 million/USD]to ensure all public libraries in England will offer free wifi access by March 2016. Libraries currently without free wifi access will be given priority and libraries that currently have wifi provision below the recommended technical specification will also have […]

Open Access: From the UK: “OA Good Practice Pathfinder Update: Spring 2015″

Note: The pathfinder linked below (produced by the UK’s JISC) targets those in the UK academic community we believe the Pathfinder initiative will be of interest to some of you regardless of location. Direct to Full Text Update OA Good Practice Pathfinder Update: Spring 2015: Supporting Universities’ Open Access Implementation Through Sharing Examples Of Good […]

New Data Files: U.S. Bankruptcy Filings Down 12 Percent Since June 2014


From the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts: Bankruptcy filings for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2015, fell 12 percent when compared to bankruptcy filings for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2014, according to statistics released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. June 2015 bankruptcy filings totaled 879,736 compared to the […]

Health Statistics: CDC’s FastStats Mobile App Now Available For Android

New for Android. Already available for iOS. Access to the app is free. From the Centers for Disease Control: FastStats, the mobile app by The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), is now available for Android mobile devices. With your Android phone or tablet, you can now access health statistics for more than 100 health […]

Videos of Presentations From the 2015 Society of Scholarly Publishers (SSP) Annual Meeting Now Available Online

In the past 24 hours videos of presentations from the 2015 Society of Scholarly Publishers Annual Meeting (SSP) have started to become available on the SSP YouTube Channel. As we post this item (Noon on Tuesday, July 29th) more than 110 videos are available with the remainder coming very soon. The 2015 SSP Annual Meeting […]

New Video: Creating a 3D Model of the 1903 Wright Flyer at the Smithsonian Institution; Access 3D Model Online

A new background video from the Smithsonian Institution’s Digitization Program Office. The 3D model of the 1903 Wright Flyer (seen in the video) can be accessed and manipulated here. About the Video Learn how 3D technologies were used to digitally document the 1903 Wight Flyer in amazing detail for education, outreach, and research See Also: […]

Conference Paper: “Development of a Cross Institutional Digital Repository”

he following paper (8 pages; PDF) will be presented this August at the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC 2015) in Cape Town, South Africa. Title Development of a Cross Institutional Digital Repository Author Maggie Farrell Dean of Libraries, Clemson University (Formerly at University of Wyoming) Source IFLA Library […]

Digital Humanities: Emory Digital Scholarship Center Launches Belfast Group Poetry Networks Interactive Resource


The following resource went live earlier this month and includes a number of data visualization tools. From Emory University in Atlanta: A new website called Belfast Group Poetry Networks will make it easier to understand the connections between Irish writers, particularly members of the mid-1960s Belfast Group, using open-source software created by the Emory Center […]