April 24, 2018

USPTO Rebrands National Library Network as Patent and Trademark Resource Centers

From the USPTO: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that its nationwide network of Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries (PTDLs) will become known as Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) on October 1, 2011. The name change signifies a major shift in focus from the “paper depository” concept to an expansion […]

Yale University: "Library Restructures Staff"

From the Yale Daily News: Library staff knew Yale would bring a new University librarian to campus this academic year, but some were surprised to find their own roles in the library changed. For the first time in over 10 years, the library is undergoing a major reorganization of personnel in an effort to centralize […]

Microsoft Makes Another Major Update to Academic Search Database

We continue to be very impressed with what Microsoft Research is up to with Microsoft Academic Search. Today, several enhancements were made to this research tool along with an increase to the size of the database. Details 1. MS Academic Research now provides info about 35.3 million publications (many available full text) from 18.9 million […]

"Pottermore e-book launch pushed back to 2012"

From The Bookseller: Harry Potter fans will have to wait until the first half of 2012 for the series’ e-books as the opening of the Pottermore shop postponed from its planned October launch. In a posting on the site’s blog, it said: “As our first priority is to get as many people onto the site […]

Reference Manual On Scientific Evidence For Judges Updated; New Chapters Include Neuroscience, Mental Health, And Forensic Science

Although this reference resource was written for judges it will likely be of interest to legal researchers, journalists, teachers, students, and others. The full text is available online for free. It’s also keyword searchable. From the National Research Council: The National Research Council has released the third edition of the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence.  […]

Legal Research: PACER Fee Increase To Take Effect April 1

From USCourts.gov: <em>An increase in the electronic public access (EPA) fee, from eight cents to 10 cents per page, will take effect on April 1, 2012. Earlier this month, the Judicial Conference of the United States authorized an increase in the federal judiciary’s electronic public access fee in response to increasing costs for maintaining and […]

Details About HarperCollins New Print-on-Demand Program

Last week we posted that HarperCollins was going to make 500o backlist titles available to readers via a new print-on-demand (POD) partnership with On Demand Books and their Espresso Book Machine. HC has made a news release and an open letter to writers available on their web site. Direct to “Open Letter to Authors” By […]

New From Bing: Maps For 42 U.S. Airport Terminals

Rollout with maps of 42 airport terminals got underway yesterday. Here’s an example using the map for Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). More info including a list of the airports and two ways to quickly access the terminal maps. See Also: Bing Provides Maps For More than 400 U.S. Shopping Malls

"EPA Launches New Mapping Tool to Improve Public Access to Enforcement Information"

From the EPA Web Site: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the release of a new mapping feature in EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) database. As part of EPA’s ongoing effort to improve transparency, the EPA and State Enforcement Actions Map will allow the public to access federal and state enforcement […]

Research Library Issues (No. 276) Now Online

Complete Research Library Issue  (Single PDF) or Research Library Issues (HTML) Source: Association for Research Libraries Articles (PDF) Include: “Ahead of the Storm: Research Libraries and the Future of the Research University” Author: Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University “Collecting Small Data” Authors: Karen Hogenboom, Numeric and Spatial Data Librarian, University of Illinois at […]