January 20, 2018

Government Shutdown: Announcements, Statements, Updates From Federal Government Libraries, Archives, and Other Information Organizations

1. Statement From Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) (1/19) IMLS Shutdown Plan (14 pages; PDF) 2. Statement From Library of Congress (1/20) 3. Statement From National Archive and Records Administration (NARA) Middle of Page NARA Contingency Plan for Agency Operations During Funding Lapse 3. Statement From GPO (1/20) First Item in News Section Statement […]

Canada: “Mount Allison University Proposal to Phase out Top Librarian Makes Students, Staff Want to Make Noise”

From the CBC: Students and library staff at Mount Allison University [located in Sackville, New Brunswick] are challenging a proposal to phase out the school’s top librarian. “The idea of thinking the role of head librarian could be replaced by non-academic personnel is a bit ridiculous,” said Linnea Bell, a fourth-year history student at Mount A. Last […]

New Research Article (Preprint): “Anatomy of an Online Misinformation Network”

The following article (preprint) was recently made available on arXiv. It has been submitted for publication to PLOS One. Title Anatomy of an Online Misinformation Network Authors Chengcheng Shao National University of Defense Technology, ChinaI Indiana University Pik-Mai Hui Indiana University Lei Wang Indiana University Xinwen Jiang Xiangtan University, China Alessandro Flammini Indiana University Filippo […]

New Research Resource: Free Online Access to Millions of Documents on Chemical Toxicity Made Possible Through Toxicdocs


From Springer: Millions of pages of internal corporate and trade association documents relating to the introduction of new products and chemicals into the workplace and commerce have been compiled into a free searchable online database called ToxicDocs. The history and future outlook for this database is now the subject of a free to view special […]

News Roundup (January 19, 2018)

1. Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) . Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Have Signed-On as Co-Sponsors of S.2271 – Museum and Library Services Act of 2017 2. VIDEO: Louisiana: Southern University Library Inundated with Water After Pipe Burst, Extensive Cleanup Needed (via WAFB) 3. The Associated Press (AP) Fact Check Team Launches […]

New Article: “A Survey of Web Technology for Metadata Aggregation in Cultural Heritage”

The following full text article was recently published by Information Services & Use. Title A Survey of Web Technology for Metadata Aggregation in Cultural Heritage Authors Nuno Freire INESC-ID Antoine Isaac Europeana Foundation Glen Robson National Library of Wales John Brooks Howard University College Dublin Hugo Manguinhas Europeana Foundation Source Information Services & Use Vol. […]

Four Organizations Release New Version of “Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (Ver. 3)

Via OASPA: The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) are scholarly organisations that have seen an increase in the number, and broad range in the quality, of membership applications. Our organisations have collaborated to […]

A New Digital Collection Featuring Decades of Movie Posters Goes Live Online


Cool! A new digital collection resource from the Harry Ransom Center located the University of Texas at Austin begins its rollout. From HRC Magazine: It is difficult to envision the sheer volume of the Movie Poster Collection at the Harry Ransom Center. The collection encompasses upwards of 10,000 posters and spans decades: from when the […]

New Data/Report: National Science Foundation Releases “Science & Engineering Indicators 2018″


From Publication Announcement: According to the National Science Foundation’s Science and EngineeringIndicators 2018 report released today, the United States is the global leader in science and technology (S&T). However, the U.S. global share of S&T activities is declining as other nations — especially China — continue to rise. The National Science Board (NSB) is the governing body of the […]

Article: “Contributing Open Citations to Wikipedia: An OA Week OAbot Edit-A-Thon”

The following article was published in InULA Notes published by the Indiana University Librarians Association. Title Contributing Open Citations to Wikipedia: An OA Week OAbot Edit-A-Thon Authors Mairelys Lemus-Rojas IUPUI Jere D. Odell IUPUI Source InULA Notes 29(2) Fall 2017 via IUPUI Scholarworks (Institutional Repository). http://hdl.handle.net/1805/15010 From the Article: The OAbot, hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation […]