May 27, 2016

Reference: “Atlas of African Health Statistics 2016 – Health Situation Analysis of the African Region” Published Online by WHO


From the World Health Organization: With over 890 million inhabitants in 47 countries, the African Region accounts for about 12 per cent of the world’s population. This statistical atlas provides the health status and trends in the countries of the African Region, the various components of their health systems, coverage and access levels for specific […]

Higher Education: New Media Consortium & Open Universities Australia Release 2016 NMC Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education (Horizon Project Regional Report)


From NMC: The New Media Consortium (NMC) and Open Universities Australia (OUA) are releasing the 2016 NMC Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education in Australia at a dedicated series of meetings and public conversations. The fifth edition of this Australia-focused regional report describes findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to […]

New Report: “Web Archiving at National Libraries Findings of Stakeholders’ Consultation by the Internet Archive”


The report, Web Archiving at National Libraries Findings of Stakeholders’ Consultation by the Internet Archive was recently published and made available online. A summary blog post by the author of the report, Helen Hockx-Yu (Director of Global Web Services, Internet Archive, is also available. From the Summary: The main findings of the consultation are summarized […]

Special Libraries Association Hires Amy Lestition Burke as New Executive Director


From the Special Libraries Association: Amy Lestition Burke, MA, CAE, a 15-year veteran of association and nonprofit management and a thought leader in the areas of membership engagement, recruitment, and retention, is taking the reins as executive director of the Special Libraries Association, effective immediately. Burke was recommended for the position by an executive director […]

Reference: Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation Launches Open Data Portal

From PennDot: The portal,, leverages a GIS platform used in several states and helps local government, planning and business partners as well as the public. The data, grouped by roadways, bridges, rail, facilities, boundaries and projects, can be used for mapping, sharing, charting and more. [Clip] The majority of the available data is updated […]

Pew Research Releases New Data on News Use Across Social Media Platforms (U.S.)

From Pew Research: A majority of U.S. adults – 62% – get news on social media, and 18% do so often, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center, conducted in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In 2012, based on a slightly different question, 49% of U.S. adults reported […]

Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon Named One of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business

Brian Bannon (Image via Chicago Public Library)

It’s rare that you see a library library leader make a national list of creative business people. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a trend. Congrats and Well Done Brian! From the Chicago Public Library: Fast Company announced its annual ranking of the 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2016, honoring an influential […]

News Roundup

1. EBSCO Announces More Support and Funding For Koha Open Source ILS 2. Gale Releases New Historical Newspaper Archives, Metadata Available For Text and Data Mining 3. ProQuest Adds 58 Springer Nature Science and Medical Journal to Several Databases 4. E Ink Announces Advanced Color ePaper

The British Library Puts Literary Treasures From 20th Century Writers Online For Free

From The British Library: Discovering Literature: 20th Century aims to bring the work of some of the period’s most famous writers to life. It features over 300 digitised collection items from the Library collections and over 90 essays written by writers and academics such as Elaine Showalter, Simon Armitage, Bidisha, Kate Flint, Hanif Kureishi, Caryl Phillips, […]

University of Arkansas Libraries Contributes Arkansas African American History to Umbra Digital History Platform


From U. of Arkansas Libraries: University of Arkansas Libraries is pleased to announce the contribution of 2,392 items to a digital discovery tool, Umbra: Search African American History. Umbra is a free digital platform that brings together historical content from archives, libraries, and museums using partnerships, open data, and technology.  The project documents African American history and […]