March 17, 2018

Art Institute of Chicago Awarded Major Grant by the Getty Foundation for Online Catalogue

From Art Daily (News Release): The Art Institute of Chicago announced that the museum has been awarded $400,000 by the Getty Foundation for the implementation of an online catalogue of paintings and drawings by the artists Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The grant supports further work on the prototype developed by the Art Institute of […]

New Report From IMLS: "Who is in the Queue: Public Access Computer Users"

From an IMLS Announcement: Public access computers in U.S. public libraries continue to be in high demand according to Who is in the Queue: Public Access Computer Users, a new research brief by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The report dispels some myths that have lingered regarding the target service population for […]

Google Plus News Roundup: Google+ Friending Model; Sex Problems at Google+; Zuckerberg is On Google+; and More

Google+ Solves the Social Privacy Problem by Making Friending Very Complicated (AllThingsD/WSJ) Not a review but a basic summary of the Google+ sharing/friending model. “Google’s Google+, Social Strategy Includes 100 Launches” (via PCMag) “Sex Problems at Google+” (via Forbes) The One Google Plus Feature Facebook Should Fear (via All Facebook) “Mark Zuckerberg Is On Google+ […]

Zuckerberg Says Facebook Plans to Launch Something "Awesome" Next Week

From Reuters: Chief Executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg told reporters in a visit to Facebook’s Seattle office on Wednesday that the company planned to “launch something awesome” next week. He said the project had been developed at the 40-person Seattle office, Facebook’s only major engineering center outside of its Palo Alto, California headquarters. There has […]

Eric Hellman Says "3M's eBook Cloud Library Didn't Come Out of Nowhere!"

A new blog post by  GlueJar President and the founder of Go To Hellman (one of our favorite blogs), Eric Hellman. From the Blog Post: When Douglas County Libraries began investigating how to put ebooks into county resident’s computers, they wanted to do something similar. A user looking for ebooks should be greeted with a […]

Alpha Launch: Online Database: "Release of to Map Open Data Around the World"

From a Blog Post by Jonathan Gray on the Open Knowledge Foundation Blog: We’re very pleased to announce an alpha version of, a website to help keep track of open data catalogues from around the world. The project is being launched to coincide with our annual conference, OKCon 2011. The project was borne out […]

NYC Budget Restores Almost All Library Funding

Nice! From the NY Public Library (Full Text): The New York City budget for Fiscal Year 2012 was approved on Wednesday, June 29, and the City restored $36.7 million of the proposed $40 million cut for the New York Public Library. Below is a statement atttributed to New York Public Library Public Relations Director Angela Montefinise about this restoration: “When it comes to […]

OCLC Research and Research Libraries UK to Survey Special Collections and Archives in Research Libraries Within the UK and Ireland"

From an OCLC Announcement: OCLC Research and Research Libraries UK are working together on a project to gather data on special collections in research libraries in the UK and Ireland. The project is similar to a project conducted by OCLC Research in 2009 that gathered data on special collections in the United States and Canada. […]

The Digital Public Library of America, Linked Data, and More Discussed in Latest CLIR Issues

CLIR Resources Council on Library and Information Resources, No. 81 (May/June 2011) It includes the following articles: “An Enclosure of Spirits” From a Summary: “What form should a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) take? What will be its audience, uses, and capabilities? CLIR President Chuck Henry warns that defining hard and fast categories of […]

Audio: Interview: Sue Polanka Talks with ebrary's Director of Marketing, Matt Barnes

From Sue Polanka’s No Shelf Required On Sunday I met with Matt Barnes, Vice President of Marketing, for ebrary. Matt and I discussed ebrary’s new patron driven acquisition model, searching ebrary content through the ProQuest interface, and the results of an ebrary mobility study on the need for downloadable ebooks.  Matt shares a few of […]