September 25, 2016

Online Resources: Mississippi State University Libraries Digitizes, Releases Seed Technology Research Collection

From Mississippi St. University: Nearly five decades of Mississippi State’s internationally recognized research in seed technology now is available online. Former university employee Bennie Keith recently joined with administrators of Mississippi State University Libraries to digitize and provide easy access to a half-century of work compiled at the campus-based Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. […]

2016 Library of Congress Literacy Award Winners Announced

From LC: Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2016 Library of Congress Literacy Awards today at the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala. The winners are WETA Reading Rockets of Arlington, Virginia; the Parent-Child Home Program of Garden City, New York; and Libraries Without Borders of Paris, France. The Library […]

Ohio: “Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Queried on Levy Email”

From The Blade: Ohio Auditor David Yost is asking the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library to review whether its staff may have violated state laws prohibiting the use of taxpayers’ money to promote tax levy issues. The chief legal counsel of the state auditor sent a cease and desist letter to the library system after receiving […]

Fun with History: National Archives (NARA) Introduces Collection of Animated GIFs

From a NARA Post on the DigitalGov Blog: We’ve opened our vault to reveal dozens of animated GIFs ready to share and use. All of our GIFs link back to the original National Archives catalog records, so you know you’re getting the real deal. via GIPHY [Clip] via GIPHY Come find animated history of all […]

UN Global Pulse and Twitter Launch Data Partnership

From a Joint News Release: Twitter and UN Global Pulse today announced a partnership that will provide the United Nations with access to Twitter’s data tools to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by world leaders last year. Every day, people around the world send hundreds of millions of Tweets […]

Live Coverage of National Book Festival Will Be Available on C-SPAN 2 and Online


Online: PBS Online Live Coverage will be available online via the PBS Book View Now web site. A schedule is available here. Online and TV: C-SPAN C-SPAN’s live coverage of the National Book Festival (NBF) on Saturday, November 23, 2016 will begin at Noon EDT on C-SPAN 2 and will also be streamed live on […]

California: Award-Winning Public Library Copes with Santa Ana’s Growing Homeless Population

From the LA Times: The growing debate over homelessness in Orange County has found a crucible in a library that this year was named one of five winners of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to libraries and museums for community service. Libraries around the country, including […]

Conference Paper: “Assigning Creative Commons Licenses to Research Metadata: Issues and Cases” (Preprint)

The following preprint by a group of ten authors (various affiliations) was recently made available on arXiv. It has been submitted to the 29th International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems (JURIX 2016), Nice (France) 14-16 December 2016. Title Assigning Creative Commons Licenses to Research Metadata: Issues and Cases Authors Marta Poblet RMIT University […]

News Roundup

1. In the UK: JISC and Pearson Announce Year-Long Ebook Pilot 1. University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign: Main Library Reorganized to Facilitate Student Access (via The Daily Illini) 2. Free Library of Philadelphia (FLOF) Begins Musical Instrument Lending Program (via FLOF Blog) Note: Speaking of music, a musician you’ve heard of, Bruce Springsteen, will cross […]

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library Releases Strategic Plan Progress Report (2013-2016)


From the UNC Library Blog: The UNC Library has issued a 2013-2016 progress report, showcasing key programs and initiatives related its strategic plan. The plan, adopted in 2013, laid out an ambitious framework to partner with researchers at all levels throughout the research lifecycle; create and contribute to transformative teaching and learning experiences; support the […]