April 15, 2014

Canada: City of Montreal Archives Celebrates 100th Birthday

From The Montreal Gazette: The city of Montreal archives possess about four kilometres of historically significant records dating from as early as 1796. Among these are found vintage real estate evaluation rolls to the minutes of the very first council meeting held in 1833, at which Jacques Viger was selected as Montreal’s first mayor. The […]

Open Access: Milestones: Public Library of Science (PLoS) Publishes Its 50,000th Research Articles

From The PLOS Blog: PLoS is delighted to announce that our 50,000th research article was recently published. To everyone who has contributed to this achievement – from our authors, editors, and reviewers to our staff, board, and advocates at large– we’d like to offer a well-deserved thank you. [Clip] We still have a lot of […]

Audiobooks: Two Reasons to Congratulate Hugh McGuire and the LibriVox Team

What are those two reasons? Direct to LibriVox web site. 1. LibriVox reports that over 100,000,000 public domain audiobooks have been downloaded (free) from their digital collection on the Internet Archive site. “The LibriVox collection is one of the most popular on the Internet Archive,” said Brewster Kahle, Founder and Director of the Internet Archive. […]

New White Paper from Springer: "STM eBooks: Librarian Perspectives on the First 5 Years"

Via a Springer News Release: Springer celebrates its 50,000th eBook, available on its online platform SpringerLink. [Clip] In addition, as announced in October 2011, Springer will digitize nearly all books it has published since 1842. By adding the Springer Book Archives to SpringerLink by the end of 2012, the total number of titles will increase […]

Government Documents: Foreign Relations of the United States Series Marks 150th Anniversary

From the Federal Depository Library Program Web Site: December 3, 2011 mark[ed] the 150th anniversary of the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series, the largest and most comprehensive series of its type in the world. First published in 1861, the series has become a leading example of governmental openness and embodies the U.S. […]

Milestones: Internet Archive Digitizes 5000th Book at Duke University

From the Devil’s Tale Blog (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University):  The Internet Archive just reached an important milestone by digitizing 5,000 books at Duke. The 5,000th book, The British Album: In Two Volumes, contains poetry by “Della Crusca, Anna Matilda, Arley, Benedict, The Bard” and other writers on themes […]

Milestones: Unversity of North Dakota: "UND’s Library Evolves With Students' Needs"

From INFORUM (Fargo-Grand Forks, ND): The Chester Fritz Library, dedicated Oct. 13, 1961, marks its 50th anniversary. “We have the largest physical book collection in the state, and in the region, for that matter,” said Wilbur Stolt, library director since 2000. The Chester Fritz’s shelves are home to roughly 1.4 million pieces of print material. […]

Milestones: Directory of Open Access Journals Hits 7,000 Listings, More than 600,000 Article Searchable

Congrats to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) team for reaching this impressive milestone. Today’s announcement also includes news about the new Turkish language version of the site. From a DOAJ Web Site Announcement: Directory of Open Access Journals is continuously growing – now there are 7000 journals listed in the directory! 45% of […]

Milestones: IEEE Xplore Digital Library Adds Three Millionth Document

From the Official Announcement: The IEEE Xplore digital library, one of the world’s largest collections of high quality technical literature in engineering and technology, recently added its three millionth document to its vast digital library.  “Protecting Smart Grid Automation Systems Against Cyberattacks,” which appears in the current issue of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, reflects […]

Happy 40th Birthday to the World's Largest Bibliographic Database! Happy Birthday to WorldCat!

From OCLC: On August 26, 1971, the OCLC Online Union Catalog and Shared Cataloging system (now known as WorldCat) began operation. That first day, from a single terminal, catalogers at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, cataloged 133 books online. Today, WorldCat comprises more than 240 million records representing more than 1.7 billion items in OCLC […]