May 1, 2016

Boston Public Library Preparing to Lend Wi-Fi Hotspots

From the Boston Herald: Boston Public Library is preparing to lend out wireless hotspots — free of charge — to low income residents as part of Verizon’s deal to install high-speed fiber optic cable throughout the Hub over the next five years. [Clip] Once the program begins, Boston residents with a library card will be […]

Obama, First Lady Review Presidential Library Design Proposals

From the Associated Press: The White House says the president’s wife, Michelle, joined him at Sunday’s meeting in Washington with staff of the Barack Obama Foundation. The foundation plans to build the library in one of two parks Chicago’s South Side. Completion is expected in 2020 or 2121. The finalists include four firms from New […]

New Article: “Tackling Complexity in an Interdisciplinary Scholarly Network: Requirements For Semantic Publishing

The following article appears in the May 2016 issue of First Monday. Title Tackling Complexity In An Interdisciplinary Scholarly Network: Requirements For Semantic Publishing Author Nora Schmidt University of Vienna, Vienna; Austria Source First Monday Vol 21, No 5 (May 2016) Abstract Scholarly communication is complex. The clarification of concepts like “academic publication”, “document”, […]

New Article: “Now Streaming: A Consortial PDA Video Pilot Project”

Here’s an article appearing in the recently published issue of Collaborative Librarianship. Title Now Streaming: A Consortial PDA Video Pilot Project Authors Sheryl Knab WNYLRC Tom Humphrey Kanopy Caryl Ward Binghamton University Source Collaborative Librarianship Volume 8, Issue 1 Abstract In 2014, eight academic libraries in the state of New York collaborated on a group […]

International Alliance of Research Library Associations Endorse Open Data Accord

From an ARL News Post: The International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA)—a global coalition of major research and academic library associations in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United States—recognizes the importance of working towards a common vision for open data. We firmly believe that open data holds the key to addressing many societal challenges […]

Arkansas: Legislative Leaders and Governor Agree to Restore $1 Million in State Funding For Libraries

From Arkansas Online: Legislative leaders and Gov. Asa Hutchinson have agreed to restore a $1 million cut in state funding for libraries and a $1 million cut in state funding for senior citizen centers. Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy, and House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, on Friday said the agreement was reached in […]

Report: Google AI Has Access to Large Amounts of Patient Data From UK’s National Health Service

From New Scientist: A data-sharing agreement obtained by New Scientist shows that Google DeepMind’s collaboration with the NHS [National Health Service] goes far beyond what it has publicly announced. [Clip] DeepMind announced in February that it was working with the NHS, saying it was building an app called Streams to help hospital staff monitor patients […]

Susan Hildreth Elected ALA Treasurer For 2016-2018

From ALA: Susan H. Hildreth, executive director of the Califa Group, Pacific Library Partnership, Peninsula Library System and administrator of the NorthNet Library System in San Mateo, California, has been elected treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2016-18. Hildreth received 9,228 votes in the uncontested election. Hildreth will become ALA treasurer at the […]

James Neal Elected ALA President For 2017-2018 Term

From American Libraries: James G. (Jim) Neal, university librarian emeritus at Columbia University, New York, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association. Neal received 3,479 votes, while his opponents, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, professor and coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received 3,317 votes; and Christine […]

New Video Takes a Look at the Weston Library, Part of University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries

A new promo video for the Weston Library was made available on YouTube earlier today and is embedded below. The Weston Library reopened about 14 months ago after an £80m [$117 million/USD] restoration and renovation. More than 770,000 people visited the library in the first year after opening. See Also: UK: University of Oxford’s Weston […]