April 27, 2015

IMLS Shares Full Text of First Four National Digital Platform Funding Proposals

From the IMLS “Up Next” Blog: We recently announced the first series of awards addressing the national digital platform priority in the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. This is both a strategic priority for the agency and part of a new proposal process. Fostering a New National Library Network through a Community-­Based, Connected Repository […]

News Headlines

1. Security and Privacy: Wikimedia Releases Results of Penetration Test Against MediaWiki 2. Web Archiving: Internet Archive Participating in New Grant-Funded Web Archiving Projects See Also: More About Archive-It in this post. 3. Election results announced: OCLC Board of Trustees, OCLC Global and Regional Councils

IFLA Releases 2012-2013 Annual Report

The full text of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) 2012-2013 Annual Report was released last week and  is available here.  

Full Text Article: “RDA in Turkey: Perceptions and Expectations on Implementation”

The following article was posted online in the past couple of days. Title RDA in Turkey: Perceptions and Expectations on Implementation Authors Doğan Atılgan Ankara Üniversitesi Nevzat Özel Ankara Üniversitesi Tolga Çakmak Hacettepe Üniversitesi Source JLIS.it (Italian Journal of Library, Archives, and Information Science) Vol. 6, n. 2 (2015) Abstract Integration of user-generated content with […]

Info Retrieval: “Supporting History Research with Temporal Topic Previews at Querying Time”

Note: The research tool discussed in the blog post is available for download on Github. From a Post on the National Library of the Netherlands (KB) Research Blog by Dr. Jiyin He (Researcher-in-Residence at the KB Research Lab from June – October 2014.) Being able to study primary sources is pivotal to the work of historians. […]

Missouri: Governor, Lawmakers Slash Public Library Support By More Than 50 Percent

From the Kirksville Daily Express: Missouri’s public libraries have fallen onto the state budget chopping block, with appropriations approved by the Legislature in two key areas less than half the amount seen at any point this century. The Missouri Legislature on Thursday finalized a $26 billion budget for the next fiscal year. Of that total […]

Indiana May Build $25M State Archives Building on Downtown Indianapolis Canal

From the Indianapolis Business Journal: Indiana is working on plans to build a $25 million state archives building on the Central Canal downtown, taking up green space and adding another institutional user to the Canal Walk. [Clip] Archivists and researchers are thrilled that 200 years’ worth of historical records—including the 1816 and 1851 constitutions—could finally […]

Business Research: OpenCorporates Releases New Version of API With Many New/Cool Features

OpenCorporates is the largest open database of company information (over 84 million companies) in the world. In addition to accessing the data using an API, OpenCorporates can be searched directly from their web site. Now, to some info about the released of version 0.4 of the API. From the OpenCorporates Blog: The change in our […]

Canada: Ajax Public Library Grapples With Cost of Digital Collection

From the Ajax (Ontario) News Advertiser: The high cost of e-books and the impact on taxpayers has prompted the Ajax Public Library to join an advocacy campaign asking the provincial government to find solutions. [Clip] “Libraries are interested in this campaign because no matter the size, libraries are feeling the pinch from e-content,” said Donna […]

Theft of Rare Books Investigated at New York Public Library

From the NY Daily News: The feds are investigating the theft of eight priceless books from the New York Public Library, including one written by Benjamin Franklin. The Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office said the books, seven Bibles created between 1672 and 1861 and a pre-1776 workbook the versatile Founding Father wrote for his printing house, […]