July 30, 2014

Editor’s Note: Open-Web Collection Development

In today’s special infoDOCKET edition of LJXpress, we are collecting a few examples of some of the high-quality open-web resources we’ve shared on infoDOCKET during the past year. They are also examples of the types of open-web resources libraries should be increasingly collecting and promoting.

Why? It’s time to give open-web collection development the attention it deserves. In most respects this is nothing new. It’s simply taking what we’ve always done—as when we build collections of print and electronic tools—and adapting these concepts for the open web.

What’s included below is only a tiny portion of what we’ve selected to share on infoDOCKET and an even tinier portion of what’s available on the open web. We hope you join us on infoDOCKET or on Twitter via @infoDOCKET each day as we share news and new resources and tools for you to know about, learn, and share.

Thanks for reading –

Gary Price, Editor, LJ’s infoDOCKET

Reference: U.S. Launches Interactive Global HIV/AIDS Database on Census.gov

From the United States Census: The U.S. Census Bureau today launched an interactive global resource on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths. The database was developed in 1987 and now holds 149,000 statistics, an increase of approximately 10,800 new estimates in the last year, making it the most complete of its […]

Yale Law School’s Legal Scholarship Repository Passes One Million Downloads

Congrats and kudos to the Goldman Library staff. From the Lillian Goldman Law Library (Yale Law School): We’ve reached a milestone in library this morning: we have had over a million downloads of legal scholarship from our repository.  The repository currently contains over 4,000 articles from faculty and students, and it features special collections, such […]

New Webliography: Sustainable Agriculture Resources

The following resource was compiled by Michele DeSilva, the emerging technologies librarian at Central Oregon Community College’s Barber Library. It appears in the July/August 2012 issue of C&RL News. From the Introduction: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines sustainable agriculture as a “way of practicing agriculture which seeks to optimize skills and technology […]

USC Shoah Foundation Completes Preservation/Digitization of Nearly 52,000 Holocaust Testimonies

From the USC Shoah Foundation (via PR Newswire): The USC Shoah Foundation Institute has completed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar project to digitally preserve the video interviews in its Visual History Archive. The archive contains testimony from nearly 52,000 Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. [Clip] The Institute recorded the testimonies on 235,005 Betacam SP videotapes between 1994 […]

Russia’s Yandex Expands Size of Search Index & Launches New Browser Extension

Re: Size of International Index: From The Next Web: Russian search engine company Yandex has significantly boosted its global search index from 4 billion pages indexed to ‘tens of billions’ of pages, according to a spokesperson. Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh announced the expansion of its search index, which has happened gradually since its launch in […]

Reference: Who Owns the News Media (Interactive Database)

From the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism: Who Owns the News Media was developed to enhance the information available in the State of the News Media report, the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s annual report on the health of American journalism. The tool uses a tab format to house […]

Roundup: New Services and Digitized Content From ProQuest, OCLC, and EBSCO

Some of the many company announcements out of ALA 2012. ProQuest Releases More Digitized NAACP Archives Material Ahead of Schedule 12 New Publishers Sign With OCLC To Provide Metadata and Full Text to Several WorldCat Services EBSCO Partners With Innovative Interfaces, SirsiDynix, and OCLC for Enhanced Discovery

Canada: Alberta’s Government Launches Database of Companies Who Owe Employees Money

From The Calgary Herald: Alberta bosses who don’t pay their employees will have their names posted online for all to see, the province announced Tuesday. Human Services Minister Dave Hancock said roughly 1,700 employers owe 3,500 Alberta workers more than $14 million in unpaid earnings. Their names are now listed in a searchable online database. […]

Yahoo Adds New Image and Video Search Features Including Timely Content from Getty

From Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Land: Yahoo has announced some significant changes to their Yahoo Image and Video Search tools. They include a deal with sourcing Getty Images most recent collections plus an upgraded user interface design with added features to Yahoo Image and Video Search. Barry’s post also includes plenty of screenshots. See […]