December 14, 2017

Reference: New Updates Available at the Interactive Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger

From UNESCO: UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger intends to raise awareness about language endangerment as a global problem, and to help mobilize speakers and community members to develop grass-roots initiatives to revitalize their respective languages, through cultural, educational, media or other supports. Thirty-seven languages were updated in the first months of 2015. […]

Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries Launches Digital.Bodleian, A New “One-Stop” Online Portal

Digital.Bodleian utilizes iNQUIRE, digital discovery software from Armadillo Systems. The company plans to make the software open source sometime in the near future. From the U. of Oxford: The Digital.Bodleian website, launched yesterday, includes more than 100,000 images covering everything from beautifully illustrated manuscripts and centuries-old maps to Victorian board games and Conservative Party election […]

A New Guide From the Digital Curation Centre: “How to Track the Impact of Research Data with Metrics”

This new 16 page guide, How to Track the Impact of Research Data with Metrics, from the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) was recently published online. From the Guide: This guide will help you to track and measure the impact of research data, whether your own or that of your department/institution. It provides an overview of […]

U.S. Senate Approves Amendment to Support School Libraries With 98-0 Vote

UPDATE July 9 2015 At the bottom of this post we’ve added a transcript of Senator Jack Reed’s (D-RI) and Senator Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) statements (via Congressional Record) on the Senate floor encouraging a yes vote on the amendment. The statements were made immediately preceding the vote. From The Washington Post: Senators began work in […]

News Roundup

Thomson Reuters ProView eReader Now Integrated with SirsiDynix eResource Central ArtStor Signs Agreement with Hofstra University Leiden University becomes the 500th Institution to Select Ex Libris Alma Family History Research Goes Beyond Borders with International Content in HeritageQuest Online Five Initial Entries in ACLS Humanities Ebook Centennial Series Announced

University of Arkansas Libraries Recipient of Estate Gift Valued at Over $1.2 Million

From the University of Arkansas: University of Arkansas alumnae and sisters Agnes Lytton, Mary Sue and Betty Lynn Reagan have designated an estate gift to the University Libraries valued at over $1.2 million. The three sisters were born and raised in Northwest Arkansas and had deep connections to history, education and library science throughout their […]

New Database: First 500 Companies Allowed to Fly Drones in the U.S. (FAA Commercial Drone Exemptions)

The database was compiled by the Center for the Study of Drones at Bard University and published by The Verge. From The Verge: We have partnered with the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College to collect data on every commercial exemption the FAA grants. It’s a fascinating snapshot of a fast-growing […]

West Virginia University Libraries to Create First Wikipedian-in-Residence to Focus on Gender Gap

From WVU: West Virginia University Libraries is working with Wikipedia to address the gender gap in its encyclopedia articles through a new grant-funded position. The Wikimedia Foundation has awarded the WVU Libraries a $27,100 grant to support a Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity. A Wikipedian in residence is an editor placed at an institution […]

Book Industry Study Group (BISG) Releases Taxonomy For Educational Materials

Ed. Note: BISAC Subject Headings also from BISG and mentioned below are primarily used in the book industry. However, we’ve posted and read about their use in both public and school libraries. On a related note, about six weeks ago we posted about the launch of a Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT) pilot […]

Public Library of Science (PLOS) Releases Data Repository Recommendation Guide

From a PLOS Blog Post: In line with our updated Data Policy, we are pleased to announce a PLOS Data Repository Recommendation Guide. To support the selection of data repositories for authors, PLOS has identified a set of established repositories, which are recognized and trusted within their respective communities. To develop the list, we consulted with editors, organizations running data […]