July 29, 2014

Scholarly Publishing: Brill Announces Four New Open Access Journals

From Brill: Brill is now announcing the launch of four new full Open Access journals in the following disciplines: Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, and Biology. These journals will offer a pure open access environment. Each journal will be divided in sections that align with the major subject areas in the discipline. Each of the four […]

The Ohio St. University Libraries: “Digital Preservation Policy Framework: A Case Study”

A new case study from EDUCAUSE written by Daniel Noonan, assistant professor and e-records/digital resources archivist, The Ohio State University Libraries University Archives. Key Takeaways:  The Ohio State University Libraries created an organizational policy for digital preservation, shared here to address the policy development process and its importance to an organization, and to provide an […]

Australia: “Government Librarians Urged to Lobby for Jobs in Face of Outsourcing”

From the The Canberra Times: Leaked documents from a post-budget meeting of senior government librarians reveal that many departments’ libraries have been, or may be, outsourced, and that senior librarians are urging each other to lobby to keep their jobs. The Department of the Environment has confirmed its internal library services have been cut. It […]

Working Paper: “Online Social Networks: Threats and Solutions”

The following working paper was recently updated (version 3) and made available via arXiv. Title Online Social Networks: Threats and Solutions Authors Michael Fire Telekom Innovation Laboratories at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Roy Goldschmidt The Knesset Research and Information Center Yuval Elovici Telekom Innovation Laboratories at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Source via arXiv.org […]

BBC Report: E-book Loan Record for Libraries in Northern Ireland

From the BBC: Libraries NI marketing officer Julie Campbell said 446 books were downloaded in a single day for reading on tablet computers and mobile devices. The e-book service began three years ago this month, and the number of users has been growing steadily. During July 2011, the first month of the service, a total […]

Google Glass: Lenovo Unveils Smart Glasses Prototype

From PC World: Lenovo showed off a smart glasses prototype on Thursday, part of a push to attract developers and other hardware manufacturers to a new partner program. The wearable device looks similar to Google Glass, but has its battery attached down at the user’s necks. More details will be announced in October. [Clip] In […]

Amazon.com Opens New Online Store Selling Customizable and Personalizable 3D Printed Products

For your “rise of 3D printing” and Amazon is everywhere folders. (-: From Amazon.com: [The] marketplace that gives customers access to more than 200 unique print on-demand products, many that can be customized by material, size, styles and color variations, and personalized with text and image imprints. [Clip] “The introduction of our 3D Printed Products […]

Video: Interviews With Patrick Hoffman and Amy Schwegel From the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Richard Ridge from BroadwayWorld.com talks with Patrick Hoffman, curator of the New York Public Library’s Theatre on Film and Tape Archive, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The interview runs about 8 minutes. Also online is another new video interview with NYPL’s Amy Schwegel from the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New […]

Working Paper: “Google Scholar Metrics 2014: a Low Cost Bibliometric Tool”

The following working paper was recently made available online by researchers at two universities in Spain in the arXiv repository. Title Google Scholar Metrics 2014: a Low Cost Bibliometric Tool Authors Alberto Martín-Martín Universidad de Granada Juan Manuel Ayllón Universidad de Granada Enrique Orduña-Malea Universidad Politécnica de Valencia Emilio Delgado López-Cózar Universidad de Granada Source […]

Dallas Morning News Editorial: “The Time Has Come to Better Fund Our Dallas Libraries”

The editorial excerpted below was published on Friday, July 25, 2014 in the Dallas Morning News and on DallasMorningNews.com. Here’s an Excerpt: The city of Dallas should be able to provide the funding now to a library system that is simply inadequate to the needs of its residents. Yet, as things stand, city management is […]