December 9, 2016

Video: Rep. John Lewis Speaks at the Nashville Public Library

A video recording of a recent presentation (November 19, 2016) at the Nashville Public Library by Congressman, author, and civil right hero, John Lewis, is now available online. Rep. Lewis is the 2016 recipient of the the Nashville Public Library Literary Award. See Also: Rep. John Lewis’s National Book Award Win is a Milestone Moment […]

Highlights From ACRL’s 2015 Academic Library Trends and Statistics Report


ACRL’s 2015 Academic Library Trends and Statistics Report is now available. The full text report is for sale ($599). Info about ordering is available here. Selected Findings From the Report: Expenditures The 2015 data show that library expenditures for collection materials averaged $5,700,113 for doctoral degree-granting institutions; $725,826 for comprehensive degree-granting institutions; $524,184 for baccalaureate […]

Video: Cool Apps! Demo of the “Understanding the U.S. Constitution App” From JSTOR Labs

This cool app (available for Android and iOS) from JSTOR Labs is free to download and use. The app was released earlier this year, the video demo embedded below was posted on YouTube today. Fromt the App Store Description: Understanding the U.S. Constitution from JSTOR Labs” is a free reference and research tool for high […]

New Issue of ARL’s “Research Library Issues” Features Articles on Campus Shootings and Library Security


From the Association of Research Libraries (ARL): How can research libraries handle and recover from “active shooter” incidents? The latest issue of Research Library Issues (RLI) features two articles that describe campus shootings and library response. Julia Zimmerman and Susannah C. Miller tell the story of staff who were in Florida State University’s Strozier Library […]

Reference: Mic Releases Comprehensive Database of Transgender Murders Since 2010

From Mic: Mic assigned a team of five reporters to create a comprehensive database of transgender Americans who have died by homicide since 2010, the first year the NCAVP [National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs] began its formal count. Using the organization’s data as a baseline, our reporters combed through hundreds of news reports over the […]

News Roundup

1. Google Posts New Comments on “Right to Be Forgotten” Issue, Over 780,000 URLs Delisted to Date (via Google’s “The Keyword” Blog) 2. Australian Library and Information Association  (ALIA) Supports Australia’s First Open Government National Action Plan 3. U.S. Congressional Budget Office Releases Cost Estimate on S. 2852 OPEN Government Data Act 4. ACRL Launches Framework for Information […]

“Soon-to-be Director of the National Library of Australia Marie-Louise Ayres is Already an Old Hand”

From The Canberra Times: Ms Ayres will take over the helm from Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, who is retiring in March 2017 after six years in the job. She said that over 14 years, she had negotiated the divide between the library’s physical and digital collections, from being head of manuscripts to leading the library’s digital archive […]

Reference: Texas Attorney General’s Office Releases Online Database of People Who Died in Police Custody

From The Houston Chronicle: An index of the more than 5,000 people who’ve died in police custody in Texas is readily accessible for the first time this week. The state attorney general’s office this week launched the Custodial Death Report database, which includes the report that a police agency files when someone dies in custody. […]

New Videos: A Visit to the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Three new videos. The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America is a special collections library at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute that offers access to uniquely illuminating documentary resources representing the long span of American history, from the beginnings of the United States to the present day. When students connect directly with the library’s […]

Elsevier Introduces “CiteScore” Impact Metrics for 22,000 Academic Journals Indexed in Scopus

From Elsevier: In response to academia’s call for metrics that provide a broader, more transparent view of an academic journal’s citation impact, Scopus has developed a set of metrics that are free to access and easy to calculate. CiteScore metrics are comprehensive, transparent and current and help to analyze where research is published. They reveal […]