July 23, 2014

New ALA Digital Inclusion Study Shows 98% of U.S. Libraries Offer Free Wi-Fi, 90% Offer Ebooks, 17% Offer Makerspaces


From the American Library Association: Nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training, according to a new study from the American Library Association (ALA). Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S. communities […]

Online Privacy: How Simply Clicking the “Share” Button Found on Many Web Pages Might Be Very Hazardous to Your Online Privacy

Here’s the official announcement with details about new Internet privacy research. It looks how at least one company is utilizing a “share” button that is currently found on many websites to track your online movement without your consent. This might not be all that new but what’s different is that unlike cookies and other tracking […]

Canada: Information Czar Sounds Alarm over British Columbia’s Forgotten Government Archives

From the Canadian Press (via The Province): There are 33,000 boxes of important provincial documents abandoned in a warehouse, orphaned by a lack of government interest and funding, says British Columbia’s information and privacy czar. In her report released Tuesday, Elizabeth Denham said the neglect is severely hampering access to information and the public’s right […]

Wikipedia’s Library Project Works to Expand Local History With Material From Scholarly Sources

More positive news from the Wikipedia Library project. From a Wikipedia Blog Post by Alex Stinson: We have been having a lot of success meeting the goals of our Individual Engagement Grant from the Wikimedia Foundation. Established partnerships, like that with JSTOR, are expanding, getting Wikipedia editors more access to high quality research materials! Moreover, […]

News Briefs From LexisNexis, GeoScienceWorld, HighWire, SAGE, OCLC, and Others

LexisNexis Canada Announces Acquisition of Canadian Legal Publishing Operation of Wolters Kluwer GeoScienceWorld Launches New eBooks Platform on HighWire SAGE Launches OA journal on Big Data & Society ||| Direct to the Journal Anet and OCLC sign first WorldCat group agreement in Belgium

Higher Education: New Unizin Consortium Names Amin Qazi as CEO

From Internet2: The Unizin consortium announced today that its Board of Directors has selected Amin Qazi to serve as the company’s founding chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors effective immediately. Mr. Qazi brings over a decade of relevant experience to his new role having previously filled executive roles at both […]

Learn More: New Promo Video About Europeana Newspapers (Digitisation and Access Project)

The Europeana Newspapers promo video embedded below was released in the past week. Europeana Newspapers on Vimeo. Fast Facts About Europeana Newspapers Funded under the European Commission’s CIP 2007 – 2013 programme; A three-year project, running until January 2015; Aggregating 18 million historic newspaper pages for Europeana and The European Library; Converting 10 million newspaper […]

New Research Article: “Science Blogging: An Exploratory Study of Motives, Styles, and Audience Reactions”

The following article was made available online today by the Journal of Science Communication. Title Science blogging: an exploratory study of motives, styles, and audience reactions Authors Merja Mahrt University of Amsterdam Cornelius Puschmann Heinrich Heine University Source Journal of Science Communication JCOM 13 (03)(2014)A05 Abstract This paper presents results from three studies on science […]

Telefónica Signs New Agreement to Continue Funding Digitization of Spain’s National Library

From Telecompaper: Telefonica [a telecom provider in Europe] has signed a new agreement to continue digitising the content [all works in the public domain] of Spain’s National Library, having already scanned some 150,000 works of all types since beginning the project in 2008. From a Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE) Mechanically Translated News Release: Original […]

New BISG Study Shows 80% of Publishers Believe Digital Book Subscription is Inevitable But Responses Vary by Market Sector Inbox

Note: Below are new findings from a Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and more reasons, as we have been suggesting for several years, why the library world should have been discussing ebook subscription services and what they could mean for library users, collection development, budgets, etc. particularly in public libraries, before everyone else was talking […]