March 25, 2018

Reference: New Online Database: Flora of Delaware

From the University of Delaware: Any Delaware naturalist worth his or her hiking boots owns a well-thumbed copy of The Flora of Delaware. Written by Bill McAvoy, a botanist with the state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, this thick paperback gives the 411 on Delaware’s 1,500-plus species of native plants. But, good as it is, […]

New Interactive Web App from Chicago Tribune: Chicago Aldermanic Salaries, 2008-2012

A new web app from the Chicago Tribune. Direct to App Search by Keyword Sortable Data Fields Name 2008 Salary 2009 Salary 2010 Salary 2011 Salary 2012 Salary 2009 Unpaid Days 2010 Unpaid Days 2011 Unpaid Days Direct to App See Also: Other Chicago Tribune Apps See Also: Background Articles from Chicago Tribune and The […]

Physical Sciences Case Studies: Information Use and Discovery

From UK’s Research Information Network: The RIN, the Institute of Physics (IOP), Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP) and the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) have recently published a set of case studies which provide a detailed analysis of how researchers in the physical sciences discover, use, create and manage their information resources. This project focused on the behaviours […]

National Library of Ireland Launches Video Archive of Library Events

From Eimear Ryan’s Blog: The National Library has just created a video archive of library events. You can delve into debates and interviews with actors, historians, journalists and of course, writers. Direct to Video Archive (via Vimeo)

Reference: NBC Provides Open Web Access to Their Super Bowl XLVI Media Guide

This media guide (77 pages; PDF) focuses on the actual NBC television broadcast of the game this Sunday. The guide includes: 1. Super Bowl TV Ratings History 2. Detailed look at Super Bowl Broadcasts on NBC 3. Super Bowl XLVI by the Numbers 4. Camera Placement Map 5. History of Super Bowl Halftime Shows 6. […]

Elsevier Publishing Boycott Gathers Steam Among Academics

From The Chronicle of Higher Education: Timothy Gowers of the University of Cambridge, who won the Fields Medal for his research, has organized a boycott of Elsevier because, he says, its pricing and policies restrict access to work that should be much more easily available. He asked for a boycott in a blog post on […]

Jonathan Franzen: E-readers are 'Damaging to Society'

From the Christian Science Monitor: Jonathan Franzen doesn’t want you to read his bestsellers on e-readers. The acclaimed novelist of “Freedom” and “The Corrections” launched a tirade against e-books at a recent literary event, calling them “not for serious readers” and “damaging to society.” “The technology I like is the American paperback edition of ‘Freedom,’” […]

Infotrieve Launches New Features for Mobile Library

From a Company Announcement: Mobile Library’s new features include: an enhanced search interface with additional flexibility for ranking results, and the addition of an auto-complete feature; new functionality in the Personal & Shared Library Suite including a dashboard showing recent changes to the library, discussion pages in each library for general comments, user creation and […]

Coming Thursday: House Ways and Means Subcommittee Will Hold Hearing About Access to Social Security’s Death Master File

UPDATED: Prepared Testimony from Hearing (February 2, 2011) From the Subcommittee Chairman: U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security announced today that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the accuracy and uses of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File.  The hearing will […]

Minneapolis/St.Paul: Metro Libraries, Patrons Unload on Audiobooks Full of Glitches

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune: More than 100 metro-area libraries serving about 2 million users depend on one provider of digital audiobooks, but there’s a problem: The company’s technology is so plagued with glitches that one county library system temporarily suspended the service and another will be launching a separate service in February. “We hate, […]