November 17, 2014

Beta: Expedia’s New Viewfinder Image Library Contains 40,000 High-Resolution Travel Images to View and Share

The Expedia Viewfinder database launched as a beta three weeks ago and provides access to about 40,000 high-resolution travel images that can be used by content producers, bloggers, etc. The database is free to access and images are free to use but if you decide to embed the images make sure you qualify. Terms and […]

NY Times: FCC Chairman Expected to Propose 62% Increase in Funding Used to Wire Schools, Libraries with Broadband

UPDATE ALA President Comments on the News From The NY Times: [FCC Chairman Thomas] Wheeler will propose that the annual cap on spending for school Internet needs be raised by $1.5 billion, to $3.9 billion, according to an F.C.C. official who spoke on condition of anonymity but was authorized to release details of the proposal. […]

Presentations From the 2014 Europeana Annual General Meeting

The 2014 Europeana Annual General Meeting took place on October 30-31, 2014 at the Museo Nacional Del Prado in Madrid. Several slide presentations from the 8th annual general meeting event are now online. We will update this post as more become available. The complete conference agenda is available here. The Future of Europeana: Strategy & […]

Minnesota: Two St. Paul Libraries Reopen With Bigger, Brighter Look

From The Minneapolis Star-Tribune: After nearly a year of renovation work, St. Paul is reopening two of its anchor libraries with expanded areas for kids, more community meeting space and a lot more windows. On Sunday, the newly dubbed Highland Park Community Center will open its renovated library and recreational facilities to the public with […]

Report From Recent Harvard Library Strategic Conversation: “Special Collections: Past Meets Future”

This Harvard Library Strategic Conversation took place on November 4, 2014 at Harvard University. The conversation featured talks by: Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Alice Schreyer, interim library director, associate university librarian for area studies and special collections and curator […]

Westlaw Reports Public Records Database Breach to New Hampshire Attorney General

A data breach involving Westlaw’s public records database took place about one month ago (October 14th) and was recently reported to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office. The filing is accessible here and includes a copy of a notification letter sent to those effected. New Hampshire law requires that data breaches are reported to state […]

Off-Site Storage: Land Lease Approved For Emory, Georgia Tech Joint Library Project

The new facility will be called the Library Service Center (LSC). From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The State Properties Commission approved this week a grant of a 65-year lease of property for a library services center jointly operated by Emory University and Georgia Tech. The Development Authority of DeKalb County previously agreed to issue $26.5 million […]

Texas: Highland Park Independent School District Says Six Books Will Require Parental Permission

From the Dallas Morning News: Highland Park ISD officials released a list of six books Friday that require parental permission for students to read them for class. They are The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, […]

Reuters: Google Glass Future Clouded As Some Early Believers Lose Faith

From the Article: While Glass may find some specialized, even lucrative, uses in the workplace, its prospects of becoming a consumer hit in the near future are slim, many developers say. Of 16 Glass app makers contacted by Reuters, nine said that they had stopped work on their projects or abandoned them, mostly because of […]

New Research Findings: Do Retweets Indicate Interest, Trust, Agreement? (Extended Abstract)

An extended abstract of new research coming out of Wellesley Colllege was recently made available on arXiv and linked to below. Title Do Retweets Indicate Interest, Trust, Agreement? Authors Panagiotis Takis Metaxas Eni Mustafaraj Kily Wong Laura Zeng Megan O’Keefe Samantha Fin Affiliations Department of Computer Science, Wellesley College (All Authors) Source arXiv Abstract Arguably […]