September 24, 2017

Just Announced: American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Atypon are Developing Earth and Space Science Open Preprint Server

From a Joint Announcement: The American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Atypon announced today a joint initiative to develop Earth and Space Science Open Archive (ESSOAr), a community server for the open dissemination of Earth and space science preprints and rich conference presentations. Development of the server, community engagement, and policies and practices will be a […]

University of Arkansas Libraries: Construction of a New High-Density Storage Facility is Underway


From U. of Arkansas: A high-density storage facility is under construction off Hill Avenue in south Fayetteville, designed to house University Libraries items in a climate-controlled environment. The 27,000-square-foot storage facility will hold approximately 1.8 million volumes when filled to capacity. The facility will also have a preservation and conservation area where materials will be cleaned, repaired […]

New Preprint: Science Is Shaped by Wikipedia: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial

The following preprint was recently posted on SSRN. The video embedded below was recorded on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Title Authors Science Is Shaped by Wikipedia: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial Authors Neil Thompson Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – Sloan School of Management MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) Douglas Hanley […]

Government Documents: Office of Information Policy/USDOJ and 18F Release Report on the “Discovery Phase” of The National FOIA Portal

From the U.S. Dept. of Justice: …OIP [Office of Information Policy] is pleased to announce the results of its collaboration with GSA’s 18F team on the discovery phase of development of a National FOIA Portal.  As we enter development, we want to again solicit both public and agency participation in providing feedback on our work. […]

News Roundup

1. ALA’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force Posts Update 2. NJ State Library Appoints Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer As Deputy State Librarian 3. Statement: Facebook to Provide Congress With Ads Linked to Internet Research Agency (via Facebook) See Also: “Hard Questions: More on Russian Ads” (via Facebook) See Also:  Video: Comments by Mark Zuckerberg See Also: Transcript of Zuckerberg […]

Web Browsers: Opera Becomes First Browser to Support 360-Degree Videos in Virtual Reality Headsets

From Opera: Opera becomes the first browser to support 360-degree videos in virtual reality headsets! This new developer update comes with a built-in VR 360 player for leading headsets such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and other OpenVR compatible devices, unlocking the immersive world of 360-degree videos for Opera users. The rapid growth of 360 videos and soon […]

Sandra L. Brooke, Princeton Librarian, Appointed Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington


From The Huntington in San Marion, CA: Sandra Ludig Brooke, Librarian of the Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, has been named the Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, The Huntington’s Interim President, Steve Hindle, announced on Wednesday. She joins the staff in early […]

Texas: BiblioTech (First All-Digital Public Library in U.S.) “Continues to Grow Digital Reach in Fourth Year Of Operation”

From The San Antonio Express-News: BiblioTech [located in San Antonio, Texas] counts [Library user Fernando] Perez — whose reading interests range from sci-fi to Jane Austen — among its 117,301 registered patrons as it enters its fourth year of operation. That figure stood at 31,700 after the first year. [Clip]. Since 2013, the library system — […]

New Article: “Digitized Archival Primary Sources in STEM: A Selected Webliography”

The following article appears in the latest issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. Title Digitized Archival Primary Sources in STEM: A Selected Webliography Author Amy Jankowski University of New Mexico Source Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship Summer 2017 Number 87 doi: 10.5062/F4FT8J93 From the Introduction: Popular connotations of archives and special collections are […]

ALA Disaster Relief Fund to Support Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Library Rebuilding Efforts

From ALA HQ: The American Library Association (ALA) and the library community are supporting response and recovery efforts for libraries damaged by Hurricane Maria and the recent earthquake in Mexico through the ALA Disaster Relief Fund. “We extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Maria and the earthquake in […]