April 23, 2014

New Report: How is World Book Day Celebrated Around the World?

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Happy World Book and Copyright Day 2014 and World Book Night 2014 in the U.K. and U.S. Today, the International Publishers Association released an interesting document that looks at how World Book Day is celebrated around the world. The complete report is available here (6 pages; PDF). Additional WBD 2014 resources from UNESCO.

eTextbooks: Boundless Releases New Cloud Platform, Hopes to Become the Wikipedia of College Textbooks

Today, Boundless launched their “Cloud Powered Education” platform. Here’s a paragraph from a Boundless Blog Post Introducing the Service: Educators can use Boundless to assign off-the-shelf content or easily customize their own title. Boundless offers content in 20+ subjects, peer-reviewed by academic experts. Educators can customize content to match their syllabi, giving their students an […]

First Grants Awarded: Six Research Projects Receive Twitter “DataGrants”

According to the Twitter Engineering Blog they company received more than 1,300 “datagrant” proposals from more than 60 different countries after Twitter announced the pilot program in February. The company also said that ore than half of the proposals coming from outside the U.S. Six projects will receive Twitter data to help with their research. […]

Open Access: Public Library of Science (PLOS) Updates and Streamlines Fee Waiver Program

From a Public Library of Science Blog Post by David Knutson: PLOS believes that lack of funds should not be a barrier to Open Access publication. The organization facilitates this objective in two ways. First, PLOS provides full or partial fee support to individual authors. Second, PLOS assists institutions in providing financial support for their researchers. [Clip] […]

Info Security: Verizon Releases 2014 Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR) with Data From 50 Global Companies

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Released in the past day. Coverage Verizon’s data breach report: Point-of-sale, Web app attacks take center stage (via ZDNet) Payment systems were under fire, 94 percent of security incidents fall into nine basic attack patterns, Web application attacks dominate the financial services sector and point of sale and distributed denial of service attacks plague retail. […]

Faculty Upset About 1000s of Discarded University of New Hampshire Library Being Tossed Into Dumpsters

UPDATE: New Report with More Info: “Dimond discards thousands of books in dumpster” (via The New Hampshire, Student Newspaper at UNH) According to Collection Management Librarian Jennifer Carroll, as many as 51,000 volumes have been identified for disposal by the end of the semester. This number does not necessarily represent the quantity of books that are being […]

Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Awarded Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

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First and foremost, congratulations Jason! We’ve been chronicling the development of Jason Griffey’s (librarian, author, speaker, developer) LibraryBox project for a couple of years. Background and links below. Earlier today, Jason posted on on his Pattern Recognition blog that the LibraryBox has been awarded a prototype grant by the Knight Foundation. LibraryBox and 16 other […]

Publishing: Elsevier Moving New Ebooks to EPUB3

From Elsevier: Elsevier will move its new eBooks to EPUB3, becoming the first major STM publisher to commit to the latest, most advanced eBook format available. [Clip] Elsevier’s adoption of EPUB3 is a very important milestone in the advancement of the next-generation portable document standard based on HTML5 and the Open Web Platform,” said Bill […]

Digitization Projects: Europeana Newspapers Project Now Includes Content From Eight Data Partners (Over 1 Million Issues)

A recent post from The Europe Library points out that their work in developing the Europeana Newspapers project user interface continues and now includes digitized content from eight data partners with much more to come. Overall, full text material and images from more than one million newspaper issues are now online. Here’s a list of […]

Center for Research Libraries Announces Recipients of 2014 Primary Source Awards

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The Primary Source Awards have been presented by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) since 2009. Three awards are presented annually in the following categories: Access Promoting use of primary source materials. Research Innovative use of primary source materials in research projects. Teaching Employing primary source materials in the classroom. The 2014 Awards From Bernard […]