November 24, 2014

Six Month Review of Public Library e-Lending Pilot in UK Published

Note: The year-long pilot was launched on March 3, 2014. See: “Ebook Lending Pilot Project Launching Today in UK” From a News Release Posted on the Publishers Association (UK) Web Site: The year-long pilot project, being run in partnership by the Society of Chief Librarians and The Publishers Association, into remote lending of ebooks by […]

New Article: “The Researcher Librarian Partnership: Building a Culture of Research”

The following article appears in the latest issue of Library and Information Research. Title The Researcher Librarian Partnership: Building a Culture of Research Authors Helen Partridge Queensland University of Technology Insa Haidn Queensland University of Technology Terry Weech University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign Lynn Silipigni Connaway OCLC Research Michael Seadle Berlin School for Library and […]

Video: Panel at Miami Book Fair Discusses Book Publishing, Amazon, Independent Bookstores and Related Topics

Earlier today at the Miami Book Fair (MBF) an interesting panel discussion took place that might be of to some of you. A video recording is already available online via the wonderful C-SPAN Video Library. According to the MBF program the session was titled,  “The Dangers of Amazon and Other Monopolies” Program Blub Like it […]

Science: Physics: CERN Launches Open Data Portal

From a CERN News Release: CERN today [November 20, 2014] launched its Open Data Portal where data from real collision events, produced by experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will for the first time be made openly available to all. It is expected that these data will be of high value for the research community, and […]

NY Times Publishes Editorial Supporting FCC Chairman’s Proposed “Reboot” of E-Rate

Note: More about the proposal including a fact sheet, comments by ALA and ISTE, and more can be found in the infoDOCKET post: FCC “Chairman Expected to Propose 62% Increase in Funding Used to Wire Schools, Libraries with Broadband.” (November 17, 2014) The editorial written by NY Times Editorial Board is titled, “Faster Broadband for […]

New Issue Alert: Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative (Issue 7) Now Available Online

The Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative is the official journal of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium. Editorial and Articles In Issue 7 (November, 2014): Editorial Introduction to Issue 7 of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative by Susan Schreibman Learning the TEI in a Digital Environment by Stella Dee Evaluating Digital Scholarship: Suggestions […]

Nominations Now Open For 2015 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (SPIRL)


From Stanford University Libraries: For the third year in a row, Stanford Libraries opens nominations for the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (SPIRL), a prize to recognize and celebrate innovation through programs, projects, and new or improved services that benefits users. The deadline for entries is January 16, 2015. Eligibility for SPIRL includes […]

Research Tools: USDA Now Offers Public Access to VIVO Research Networking Tool/Database

The VIVO database from the United States Department of Agriculture is now accessible by the public. This resource might also be useful to help identify experts on a variety of agricultural issues. VIVO, a Web application used internally by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists since 2012 to allow better national networking across disciplines and […]

Chris Bourg Named New Director of MIT Libraries, Will Also Oversee MIT Press

From MIT: Chris Bourg has been named as the new director of the MIT Libraries, effective in February. Provost Martin Schmidt announced her appointment today in an email to the MIT community. Bourg comes to MIT from Stanford University, where she is currently associate university librarian for public services. At Stanford, Bourg oversees the largest […]

Open Access: Gates Foundation Funded Research Will Require Immediate Free Access to Journal Articles and Underlying Data

From Science Insider: Breaking new ground for the open-access movement, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of global health research, plans to require that the researchers it funds publish only in immediate open-access journals. The policy doesn’t kick in until January 2017; until then, grantees can publish in subscription-based journals as long […]