September 2, 2015

Indiana State Library Launches New Version of Indiana’s Virtual Online Library (INSPIRE)

Note: INSPIRE is powered by EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). From the Indiana State Library: The Indiana State Library (ISL) recently launched a new version of Indiana’s Virtual Online Library INSPIRE.in.gov. A collection of online academic databases, INSPIRE.in.gov has proven a vital tool for K-12 schools, universities, hospitals, and Hoosiers across the state that accumulated over […]

News Roundup

1. HarperCollins Publishers Sells More Than 1.1 Million Copies of Go Set a Watchman in Print, e-Book and Audio Format 2. Emory’s Literary Archives Inspire Next Generation of Poets (via Emory News Center) 3. German Consortium Baden-Wuerttemberg Signs Agreement with Scientific Publisher Elsevier 4. Open to Employed Librarians and Para-Professionals in US and Canada: Apply […]

IFLA “Concerned” By Extension of Copyright Terms in Canada and Jamaica

From the International Federation of Library Associations: In recent weeks, IFLA members have become concerned as they observed copyright changes in Jamaica and Canada that extend the term of copyright protection. A rich public domain and fair access to copyright protected material enhances creativity and the production of new works. Longer copyright terms withhold material […]

Data: EPA Releases Updated Environmental and Public Health Indicators in Online Database

From the Environmental Protection Agency: Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released updated environmental and public health indicators in an online database, making information about the current and historical condition of the nation’s environment and human health more accessible to the public. This is an online update to EPA’s Report on the Environment. Users […]

The Smithsonian Heads to Kickstarter to Crowdfund Preservation and Digitization of Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit

The following Kickstarter campaign is the first in a series of crowdfunding campaigns from the Smithsonian Institution. From the Kickstarter Blog: The Smithsonian’s first project, from the National Air & Space Museum, focuses on the spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong as he stepped off a ladder and became the first person on the moon. The […]

2015 National Book Festival Will Feature Graphic Novels Pavilion, Youth Poetry Slam, & First-Time-Ever Romance Fiction Pavilion

From LC: The 15th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will offer, for the first time, a pavilion devoted exclusively to romance novels. “Romance fiction is the second-best-selling genre in the publishing industry, generating more than $1 billion in publisher revenues in 2013,” said Guy Lamolinara, the festival’s co-director. “Romance accounts for 21 percent […]

Research Paper: “The Social World of Content Abusers in Community Question Answering”

The following paper by researchers from Yahoo Labs and the University of South Florida was presented at the 24th International World Wide Web Conference. Title The Social World of Content Abusers in Community Question Answering Authors Imrul Kayes University of South Florida Nicolas Kourtellis Yahoo Labs Daniele Quercia Yahoo Labs Adriana Iamnitchi University of South […]

Olympics: “IOC Preserves a Century of Olympics History”

From Agence France Presse (AFP): Sitting in a basement at the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, some 33,000 hours of video, 500,000 pictures and 2,000 documents among other archives risked decay and being lost forever. But after a seven-year and 30 million euro ($33 million USD) conservation project involving experts from across the […]

New Report, Statistics: “Mapping the Digital Divide” (U.S.)

The report (embedded below), Mapping the Digital Divide, was released by the White House Council of Economic Advisers on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Later that day President Obama announced the launch of the Launch of ConnectHome Initiative. Mapping the Digital Divide See Also: Digital Divide: “Obama Program to Connect Public Housing Residents to Web” See […]

Association of American Publishers Reports Sales Were “Slow” During First Quarter of 2015″

From the Association of American Publishers: Publishers’ book sales for the first quarter of the year (Jan – March 2015) were down 6.6% for the year to date at $2.22 billion compared to $2.38 billion for the first quarter in 2014. Bright spots within the quarter were found in Trade — specifically Adult Books — […]