August 22, 2014

Google Scholar Citation Profiles Receive a Makeover

Today’s Google Scholar news (except for the annual release of GS metrics) is the first announcement of something new or updated from GS in nine months. From the Google Scholar Blog: We’re rolling out a complete visual refresh, along with several usability improvements. Your publications are taking the center stage, while their aggregate citation metrics […]

UPDATE: “The Global Librarian” eBook Available in Multiple Formats From Open Library and Internet Archive

Last year we posted an item about a book/ebook titled The Global Librarian produced by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and the New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL/NY). The book is edited by Lisa Chow, Caroline Fuchs, Jason Kucsma, Carrie Netzer Wajda, and Sandra Sajonas. […]

Reference: Interactive FCC E-Rate Maps of Fiber Connectivity to Schools and Libraries

Direct to E-Rate Maps (via From the Official FCC Blog: We are grateful for the interest these maps have already received and are pleased to release an updated version of the maps today, just one week after our initial release. This version of the maps includes comments received and verified as of 3:30p EDT […]

University of Virginia: University Librarian Karin Wittenborg to Retire at End of 2014

From UVa News: Karin Wittenborg, university librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Virginia, will retire in December after 21 years of service as leader of the University Library system. “Karin is an extraordinary leader, collaborator and colleague,” Executive Vice President and Provost John D. Simon said. “Under her leadership, the U.Va. Library […]

Utah: College Students Prefer Traditional Textbooks to E-Books, Bookstore Officials Say

This is not the first time we’ve seen articles like this from around the U.S. From The Deseret News: I think we are still waiting for that ‘iPod moment,’ if you will, in higher education,” said Tom Hirtzel, academic resources manager for the BYU Bookstore. [Clip] Shane Girton, associate director for the Campus Store at […]

Agriculture, Life Sciences, Health: Access New Edition of CAB Thesaurus Published Online

From CABI: The 2014 edition of the CAB Thesaurus, which covers agriculture, life sciences, human health, and related subjects, was published earlier this summer (July 2014). The web site at htp:// has been updated and the new thesaurus has been integrated in all of CABI’s publishing processes. CABI is an inter-governmental, not-for-profit organization. Our mission […]

Canada: Mount Royal University Breaks Ground on $100M Library Project

Libraries in Alberta are hot and continue to make headlines. Along with the new Mount Royal library story (below) here are a few examples from the infoDOCKET archive: 1. In June, the Edmonton Public Library was named the Gale/LJ 2014 Library of the Year in June. A couple of weeks ago we mentioned the debut […]

Scholarly Publishing: Cambridge University Press Reports Sales Grow For 12th Consecutive Year

From Cambridge University Press: In a year characterised by digital developments and significant back office investment, the Press achieved sales of £263.4m, an increase of 5 per cent at constant currency rates from the same period in 2013, and a pre-tax operating surplus of £8.0m. With some 90 per cent of the Press’s sales originating […]

Just Released: U.S. Copyright Office Posts Public Draft of “Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, 3rd Edition”

This is the first major revision of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices in more than 20 years. The complete document (1220 pages; PDF) is linked to at the bottom of this post. From the U.S. Copyright Office: Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante today released a public draft of the Compendium of U.S. […]

Reference: U.S. Department of Transportation Unveils New, Free, Online Search Tool for Recalls Using Vehicle Identification Number

From the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA): To help car buyers, owners and renters know that their vehicles are safe and their safety defects have been address, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today unveiled a new, free, online search tool consumers can use to find out if a vehicle […]