April 26, 2017

California: “New Round of Layoffs May All But Decimate San Diego School Libraries”

From KPBS: The San Diego Unified Board of Education will vote Tuesday on whether to send some 200 additional pink slips to staff, bringing the total number of potential layoffs next year to about 1,700. The latest proposal would all but decimate the district’s already anemic library system. It would lay off all library technicians […]

Reference: Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) Releases Interactive Database of Every Known North Korean Missile Launch

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From the Center for Nonproliferation Studies Since 2014, North Korea has dramatically altered its missile testing patterns, launching missiles much more frequently and from a variety of new locations. Recognizing the importance of understanding the proliferation implications of these patterns, the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) has created a database of every known […]

Community-Driven Archives Project at Wilson Special Collections Library (UNC-CH) Receives $877,000 Mellon Grant

From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received an $877,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which will allow the Southern Historical Collection (SHC) at the Wilson Special Collections Library to further develop its transformative model for “community-driven archives.” In addition to several […]

Report: Library Hours In NYC Still Lag Behind Other Big Cities

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From the Center for an Urban Future: CUF’s third annual assessment of library hours compares New York City’s public libraries with library systems in the nation’s ten largest cities and New York State’s ten largest counties. Although New York City’s branch libraries are now open significantly more hours per week than at any point in the […]

News Roundup

1. CLOCKSS Announces the Support of Five Additional Publishers and Six Libraries 3. Library Facts: What Were the Top 50 GALILEO Searches (U. of Georgia System) for March 2017? 3. IBM Begins Offering Watson Technology to  “Unlock Insights from Video in the Cloud” 4. UK: Opening the Shutter: Oxford University’s Photo Archives Revealed (via Oxford Today) […]

New Data on LGBT Book Market in Canada

From a Booknet Canada by Pamela Miller: The data we were asked to provide had to do with the sales volume of LGBT books over time. So we identified those books using their BISAC subject headings and looked at the last seven years of data. While there are LGBT BISAC codes for Young Adult (YA) and […]

Digitized Bound Editions of Congressional Record From 1961-1970 Now Available Online From GPO

1961-1970 material was released on govinfo today. From the Government Publications Office (GPO): This release covers debates and proceedings of the 87th through the 91st Congresses. Spanning approximately 380,000 Congressional Record pages, this era covers historical topics such as: The Administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and the first two years of […]

Upcoming Conference at UC Davis: “An Open Digital South: Risks And Rewards”

Note: If you can’t make it to the event listed below it will streamed live and also recorded. Innovating Communication in Scholarship, a UC Davis IFHA project invites you to: AN OPEN DIGITAL SOUTH: RISKS AND REWARDS Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM PDT – to – Friday, May 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM […]

Open-Sourced Pilot to Make US Government Info Available via Intelligent Personal Assistants Now Underway

From the DigitalGov Blog: The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Emerging Citizen Technology program, part of the Technology Transformation Service’s Innovation Portfolio, launched an open-sourced pilot to guide dozens of federal programs to make public service information available to consumer Intelligent Personal Assistants (IPAs) for the home and office, such as Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, […]

Oklahoma State University and Four Public Libraries Team Up to Bridge ‘Digital Divide’ in Rural Oklahoma

From NewsOK: A new partnership between Oklahoma State University and public libraries in four Oklahoma towns soon will provide broadband access in rural Oklahoma, the groups said Monday. The effort is led by OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources along with the Elgin Community Library, the Rieger Memorial Library in Haskell, the Thomas-Willhite […]