September 22, 2014

New Briefs

1. 9 Gabriel Garcia Marquez e-books coming out in English (via AP) Additional coverage from NY Times. 2. Google Structured Snippets Officially Live In Search Results (via Search Engine Land) 3. Texas Tech University Chooses EBSCO Discovery Service

Series of Newspaper Articles About Farming Includes Oculus Rift Virtutal Reality Farm Feature

For your future of publishing folder. In this case, the future is now. A new five-part series from The Des Moines Register, “Harvest of Change: Iowa farm families confront a nation in transition” includes an option to view an “immersive virtual reality farm that addresses the issues reshaping rural America.” The Register refers to this […]

Netherlands: Swets Files For Bankruptcy

A story on the German publishing industry web site boersenblatt.net (in German) reports that Netherlands-based Swets (Royal Swets & Zeitlinger Holding N.V.) is insolvent and has filed for bankruptcy. We’ve reached out the company for comment. With the caveat the mechanical translation is far from perfect, we do learn a bit more by translating the […]

Just Published: “Guidelines for Planning the Digitization of Rare Book and Manuscript Collections”

Here is a new guidelines document published online today by the Rare Book and Manuscripts Section, IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations). From a Blurb: Digitization guidelines have proliferated in many forms over the last fifteen years, and all of them reflect a set of best practices that continues to evolve.  These guidelines attempt to […]

Special Collections: UMass Amherst Libraries Acquire Records of NORML, Drug Policy Archive Launched

From WGGB: The reception also highlighted a recent donation by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), the nation’s oldest and most prominent organization advocating for an end to cannabis prohibition. NORML donated their collection of records to the library to add to their Special Collections and University Archives. “We specialize in […]

ProQuest and Rutgers Partner to Release University’s Collection of Thomas Edison Papers Online

From Today’s Announcement: ProQuest and Rutgers University are teaming to make the University’s acclaimed Thomas A. Edison Papers more accessible to scholars and students around the world. More than 175,000 of Edison’s laboratory notebooks, diaries, business records, correspondence, and other documents will now be available in ProQuest® History Vault, boosting access, precision search and cross-referencing of these documents with other […]

Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) Publishes 2013-2014 Annual Report

COAR’s 13-page annual report was released on Friday. You can access the complete document here.

AI Expert Predicts Half of Web Searches Will Soon be Speech and Images

From Venture Beat: “In five years, we think 50 percent of queries will be on speech or images,” Andrew Ng, Baidu’s chief scientist and the head of Baidu Research, said Wednesday during a Gigaom meetup on his area of expertise, deep learning. [Clip] At Baidu in particular, deep learning has informed speech recognition, image search, […]

FCC Publishes K-12 School Connectivity Profiles For 13 States

The document containing the 12 profiles (embedded below) was released on Friday. Sections on Internet speeds, library connectivity, funding, etc. State School Connectivity Profiles (FCC)

Encyclopaedia Britannica Sees Digital Growth, Aims to Draw New Users

A recent Chicago Tribune article that has been syndicated to a number of newspapers. From the Article: Chicago-based Encyclopaedia Britannica, which shelved its venerable print edition in favor of a digital-only version more than two years ago, is looking to reclaim its legacy as the household reference of choice. [Clip] Some 50,000 households pay $70 […]