July 28, 2016

Conference Paper: “The Library of Congress Literacy Awards, 2013-2017: Finalists and Best Practices”

The following paper will be presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2016 taking place August 3-19, 2016 in Columbus, OH. Title The Library of Congress Literacy Awards, 2013-2017: Finalists and Best Practices Authors Lesley S.J. Farmer California State University, Long Beach John Y. Cole Director for the Library of Congress Center for […]

Video: “Digitizing the Collections” at the University of Oklahoma Libraries

New video provides a brief look inside the University of Oklahoma Libraries Digitization Laboratory. Direct to Digitization Lab Web Page (Incl. Another Video)

New Report Examines Attitudes, Opinions, and Use of Open Educational Resources (OER) Among Teaching Faculty in U.S. Higher Education.

A new report containing survey findings about OER awareness and usage from the Babson Survey Research Group from Babson College in Massachusetts, The report (75 pages; PDF) is titled, “Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16.” From a News Release/Key Findings: Read the News Release Awareness of open educational resources (OER) among U.S. higher education teaching faculty […]

Texas: New Database From UT Austin Promotes Transparency on Deaths in State Custody

From the University of Texas at Austin: A new interactive, online database provides the public full access to records on 6,913 deaths that have occurred in Texas state custody since 2005. The database, launched by The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA), is designed to provide transparency of […]

Idaho State University & Grand Teton National Park Create New 3-D Imagery, Documentation of Native American Artifacts

Note: A gallery of 18 3D images from the collection are currently available online. From Idaho State University: Idaho State University researchers are working with Grand Teton National Park and various tribes to better document about 50 Native American artifacts from the park’s David T. Vernon Collection and create digital 3-D visualizations of them. [Clip] […]

Report: Chicago’s Historic Jackson Park Neighborhood Selected For Site of Obama Library, Formal Announcement Expected Next Week


Note: Along with being close to the University of Chicago, the Jackson Park neighborhood is also home to one of the city’s most famous attractions and resources, the Museum of Science and Industry. The area was also home to the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. From The Chicago Tribune: President Barack Obama and first lady […]

News Roundup

1. Milestones: Apple Sells 1 Billionth iPhone 2. Toronto Public Library Creating Chinese Canadian Archive (via Metro) Note: Another Project, Just Launched: Database of More Than 6,000 Digitized Chinese-Canadian Artifacts Now Available Online 3. Prison Libraries: Rikers Island Gets Unofficial New York Public Library Branch (via amNewYork) 4. Ireland: Former librarian Who Stole Hundreds of Rare Antique Books […]

New Screen Time Data From Nielsen: “Television Is Still Top Brass, But Viewing Differences Vary With Age”

From Nielsen: According to Nielsen’s first-quarter 2016 comparable metrics report, TV is still the preferred choice for overall viewing, and is the most heavily consumed platform among adults of all ages. TV continues to play a role in shaping our experiences of live historical events, as consumers continue to watch television as they watch history […]

In The News: Text of Speeches Delivered at 2016 Democratic National Convention

We will update this page with links to more speeches as the text becomes available. Last week during the Republican National Convention and we pointed out that the C-SPAN Video Library provides keyword searchable access to video of the entire convention proceedings and some additional events . Users can also create custom video clips. C-SPAN […]

Mellon Foundation Awards $750,000 to ‘Grand Challenges’ Research, Scholarly Publishing, Communications at Purdue University

From Purdue University: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $750,000 to Purdue University to support a unique approach to research, scholarly publishing and communications on global grand challenges. The approach at Purdue is unique in two ways. First, it catalyzes the involvement of humanists and social scientists in grand challenges research, innovation and policy […]