December 17, 2017

New Report: “Who Votes? Congressional Elections and the American Electorate: 1978-2014″

From the U.S. Census: Who Votes? Congressional Elections and the American Electorate: 1978-2014, uses data collected by the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. This report provides a detailed historical portrait of voters in congressional elections, and it examines voting patterns by age, race and Hispanic origin and includes a look at early and absentee voting. […]

Canada: What’s Does the Future Hold For Ebooks?

From the Financial Post: “Unplugging — I think people are getting it,” Heather Reisman, chief executive officer of Indigo Books and Music Inc., said in an interview after the company’s recent annual general meeting of shareholders in Toronto. “Especially Millennials,” she said, speaking of the demographic aged 18 to 34. “They are the hippest group.” […]

Google Patent Search Adds Option to Include Relevant Results From Google Scholar & More

From the Google Blog: The ability to search for the most relevant references–the best prior art–is more important today than ever. Patent filings have steadily increased with 600,000 applications filed and 300,000 patents issued in 2014 alone. At the same time, litigation rates are continuing their dramatic climb, with patent trolls bringing the majority of […]

Numismatics: U.S. Mint Launches App For iOS and Android

From Today’s Launch Announcement: The United States Mint today announced the release of MyUSMint, the bureau’s new mobile application (app) for Android and iOS. [Clip] The free mobile app is now available on Google Play and the App Store. Users who download the MyUSMint app will have easy access to United States Mint products – […]

National Archives (NARA) Asks For Public Input on Prioritizing Materials to Digitize

From the NARAations Blog (National Archives and Records Administration): As the National Archives sets out on its ambitious goal to digitize all of its holdings, planning just how we’re going to accomplish this is critical to our success.  One of the first steps in that plan is prioritizing what will be digitized.  National Archives staff […]

Conference Poster & Datasets: “Recipes for Success: Comparing ALA-Accredited MLIS Programs”

The following poster, loaded with data about LIS programs, was presented at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference. Title Recipes for Success: Comparing ALA-Accredited MLIS Programs Author Mandi Goodsett Cleveland State University Source Cleveland State University Institutional Repository Abstract Discussion about the MLIS degree and what could be done to produce well-prepared new librarians for the […]

“Using Twitter as a Data Source: An Overview of Current Social Media Research Tools”

Hat Tip and Thank You to Sheila Webber from the InfoLiteracy Weblog for alerting us to the following item. From The Impact Blog (London School of Economics and Politics): The popularity of social media sites and the ease at which its data is available means these platforms are increasingly becoming primary sources for social research. […]

Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscript Library Digitizing 2,000 ‘Largely Undiscovered’ Videocassettes

From YaleNews: Elmo, Big Bird, and friends are being digitized as part of an initiative to preserve and make accessible more than 2,000 videocassettes housed in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s collections. The “Sesame Street” tapes are from the archive of Tony Geiss, a longtime staff writer and songwriter for the classic children’s […]

Health Information: New Study Looks at Quality of Online Symptom Checkers

From Tech Times: A new study conducted by researchers at the Harvard Medical School, however, investigated 23 online symptom checkers from the UK, U.S., Poland and the Netherlands. Some of these online symptom checkers are run by well-known brands, such as the Mayo Clinic and WebMD, while some are run by lesser known brands. The […]

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. […]