July 22, 2014

Librarian of Congress Names Billy Joel Next Recipient of Gershwin Prize For Popular Song

Here’s the Full Text Announcement from the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced that Billy Joel is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Billy Joel ranks as one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. His piano-fueled narratives […]

Fact Facts: Netflix Tops 50 Million Subscribers Worldwide, 36 Million of Them in U.S.

The new Netflix subscriber numbers were shared today when the company announced Q2 2014 earnings. Facts from Letter to Shareholders by Netflix CEO and Co-Founder, Reed Hastings and CFO, David Wells: Overall Over 50 Million Subscribers in 30 Countries 36 Million Subscribers in U.S. 14 Million Subscribers Internationally DVD-by Mail 6.3 Million DVD-by-mail Subscribers in […]

New Article: “Ebooks without Vendors: Using Open Source Software to Create and Share Meaningful Ebook Collections”

The following article appears in the latest issue of The Code4Lib Journal (Issue 25). Title Ebooks without Vendors: Using Open Source Software to Create and Share Meaningful Ebook Collections Author Matt Weaver Westlake Porter Public Library, Westlake, OH Source The Code4Lib Journal (No. 25) Abstract The Community Cookbook project began with wondering how to take […]

Science Reference: ChemIDplus Database From NLM Adds New Features and is Now iOS and Android Friendly

From the National Library of Medicine Technical Bulletin: ChemIDplus is a dictionary of over 400,000 chemicals (names, synonyms, and structures). It includes links to NLM and other databases and resources, including ones to over 100 federal, state and international agencies. ChemIDplus Lite is designed for simple searching on name or registry number. ChemIDplus Advanced helps […]

Survey Findings: “Extra! Extra! Read All About It (via Mobile)!”

From eMarketer: When it comes to magazine ads, reader recall is the same for print and tablet versions (52%), according to data released earlier this month by GfK MRI Starch Advertising Research. And based on May 2014 polling by IDG Global Solutions, magazines better hope this is true across all mobile devices—and newspapers should cross […]

W3C Launches Push for Social Web Application Interoperability

From W3C: W3C today launched a new Social Activity to develop standards to make it easier to build and integrate social applications with the Open Web Platform. Future standards —including vocabularies for social applications, activity streams, embedded experiences and in-context actions, and protocols to federate social information such as status updates— will address use cases […]

Massachusetts: Two Charged in Heroin Use at Newburyport Public Library

From The Eagle-Tribune (North Andover, MA): A grown man skipping down Pleasant Street Friday afternoon caught the attention of a local police officer who was searching for two men accused of shooting heroin inside the Newburyport Public Library minutes earlier. [Clip] In recent months, departments across the region have responded to incidents involving drug use […]

Reference Resources: Census Bureau Updates Interactive HIV/AIDS Database, New Prevalence Estimates From More Than 100 Countries

From the U.S. Census: The U.S. Census Bureau today released its annually updated interactive global resource on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths. First developed in 1987, the database now holds more than 164,000 statistics, an increase of approximately 5,900 new estimates in the last year, and is the most comprehensive […]

Jisc Releases Data and Report on the Total Cost of Ownership (Journal Subscriptions + APC Payments)

New data released today by Jisc. From a Jisc Collections News Release: In order to support Jisc Collections’ work on the Total Cost of Ownership, which means negotiating with publishers on both journal subscription licenses and article processing charge (APC) payments at the same time, we decided to collect some data. This was undertaken by […]

News Briefs

1. Scholarly Publishing: Brill Releases 2015 Journal Prices Price List (XLS) List of New New Journals. Title Changes, Frequency Increase (PDF) 2. Alexander Street Press Adds More than 5 Million New Tracks to Streaming Music Databases 3. Milestones: Springer Has Now Published 200,000 Open Access Articles Across BioMed Central and Springer Open 4. CRC Press […]