April 20, 2015

Information Technology: New Media Consortium Releases Horizon Report > 2015 Museum Edition

Because museums and libraries are closely aligned in a number of areas we thought mentioning and linking to the just released 2015 Museum Edition of the New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Report would be of interest to some of you. We’ve also embedded a video summary of the report. The report was released a few hours […]

Oxford University Press Acquires Online Language Portal bab.la

From OUP: Oxford University Press (OUP) [is announcing the] acquisition of the online language portal bab.la, a multilingual dictionary and translation website based in Hamburg, Germany, where language lovers gather online and use and develop translation resources for the world’s languages. The bab.la site complements Oxford’s own consumer website OxfordDictionaries.com. Bab.la will expand on that […]

US Dept of Energy and CHORUS Sign Participation Agreement to Advance Public Access

From CHORUS: The US Department of Energy (DOE) has signed a Participation Agreement with CHORUS to contribute to the implementation of DOE PAGESBeta, the DOE’s Public Access Gateway for Energy & Science. The agreement, which is effective immediately, solidifies the collaboration that was announced in August 2014 and moves a two-year effort into the next phase […]

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Plans to Launch Metadata Harvester Pilot and API Next Month

From the DOAJ Web Site: In May we will be starting our next development projects: a metadata harvester and an API. For the harvester, we will run a pilot phase collecting the PLoS metadata. Just by gathering PLoS metadata alone, we will very quickly double our existing article count. In 2016, we’ll scale up the harvester […]

Business Reference: Silicon Valley 150 Searchable Database Released For 2015

The searchable database of the 2015 Silicon Valley 150 (top public tech companies located in Silicon Valley region of California) is available here. from the San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group. Articles, infographics, and additional data is available (with more to come) here.

New Jersey: PARCC Testing Takes Toll on Some N.J. Schools (and School Libraries)

From NJ.com: The A-H fiction section at Union High School’s library offers about 3,000 titles, according to the school librarian. [Clip] But during March and early April, when the library was used for the computerized Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)testing, most of those books were off-limits to the school’s students, librarian […]

Research Article: “Data Journals: A Survey”

The following full-text article was recently published online (Early View) and will appear in the June 2015 issue of the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST). We’ve included a link to a pre-print version below. Title Data Journals: A Survey Authors Leonardo Candela Italian National Research Council Donatella Castelli Italian National Research […]

UConn Libraries and Partners “Explore ‘Open-Source’ Electronic Textbook Alternatives”

From the Boston Library Consortium Web Site (First Posted on University of Connecticut Libraries Web Site): As commercial college textbook costs continue to rise, estimated as high as 812% or more than three times the rate of inflation since 1978 by Student PIRGs, many students are choosing to not purchase textbooks, jeopardizing their success in […]

How Much is Purdue University Libraries Paying for Some Databases?

Caveat: As many of you already know, how much a library pays for a specific database comes after a negotiation between the library and database vendor. Libraries pay various amounts. With that understood it’s still interesting and perhaps useful to get an at least an idea of what a database costs. Purdue University Libraries (PUL), a […]

New Search Tech: DARPA Open Sources Some New Tools From “Memex Project”

From UpStart: The federal government’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency today made publicly available an open-source tool that could lead to an entire new ecosystem of search-engines. Seventeen organizations received early access to the project, called Memex. [Clip] The technology is designed to extend current search capabilities to the deep web, the dark web, multimedia, […]