December 19, 2014

Wikimedia Foundation Releases First-Ever Year in Review Video, Reveals Most Read and Edited Entries of 2014

From the Wikimedia Foundation: In watching the video, you embark on a journey through the world and Wikipedia, revisiting what you read and edited this year. From the FIFA World Cup to the Indian general elections, and the Ice Bucket Challenge to Ebola in West Africa, we follow threads of discovery through Wikipedia’s vast constellation […]

Resources: W3C Releases Updated Version of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool List

From W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI): An updated version of the Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List is now available. Web accessibility evaluation tools are software programs or online services that help determine if web content meets accessibility guidelines. Information about features of evaluation tools that help with evaluation is in Selecting Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools. […]

Standards: National Library of Spain (BNE) Decides Not to Adopt RDA For the Time Being

From a Statement from the Biblioteca Nacional De España (National Library of Spain): The National Library of Spain (BNE) is actively seeking an alignment with RDA that doesn’t involve a sudden break in our current cataloging practices. We believe that RDA focuses on two main goals which the BNE currently considers of prime importance, such as […]

Public Libraries: “Independent Library Report for England” Published Today

The full text report is embedded below. It was published by the UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport and the Department for Communities and Local Government Coverage of Report From the BBC Public libraries in England are “at a crossroads” and must adapt if they are to survive, an independent report into the future […]

Video of OCLC Research Webinar “Innovative Solutions for Dealing with Born-Digital Content in Obsolete Formats”

Now available online is a recording of an October 20, 2014 webinar organized by OCLC Research titled, “Innovative Solutions for Dealing with Born-digital Content in Obsolete Formats.” Description Many archives hold born-digital content on numerous types of antiquated media and in obsolete formats but lack the equipment or expertise to transfer it into a form […]

Canada: University of Alberta Libraries Extends Open Access E-Journal Hosting Services To ANY Canadian Scholarly Journal

From the U. of Alberta: (via ARL): University of Alberta Libraries is offering its open access e-journal hosting services to any Canadian scholarly journal, effective immediately. “As the national landscape for scholarly communication shifts away from subscriber-driven business models, we believe it is the right time to expand our capacity and extend the offer of our […]

Oyster “All You Can Read” Ebook Subscription Service Adds Titles From Bloomsbury

From an Oyster Blog Post: Bloomsbury is a leading international publisher, known for innovative and award-winning books. That means when you sneak off to relax with a book next week, there will be a whole new selection of excellent titles to choose from. If you need an escape from family time, turn to Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. […]

Queens Library Director Thomas Galante Fired by Board

Note: Almost a year after sharing our first of many posts about Thomas Galante and his job as the director of the Queens Library the story appears to have come to an end. Yesterday, Galante was fired by the Queens Library Board. Some of our previous posts and additional links can be found at the […]

New Research Article: A Bibliometric Study Of Scholarly Articles Published By Library And Information Science Authors About Open Access

The following article was published in the latest issue of Information Research  (Vol 19, No 4). Title A Bibliometric Study Of Scholarly Articles Published By Library And Information Science Authors About Open Access Authors Jennifer Grandbois McGill University, Montreal, Canada and Jamshid Beheshti McGill University, Montreal, Canada Source Information Research  (Vol 19, No 4). December […]

UK: Wiley and Jisc Announce 2 Year Pilot Open Access Agreement

From a Wiley Announcement (12/17/14): John Wiley and Sons has announced a pilot agreement, brokered by Jisc, for articles published on an open access basis. The agreement follows discussions, between Jisc, Wiley and the UK library community, and will enable greater support for universities during the transition to open access. Running from January 2015 to December […]