March 19, 2018

New Mexico: Two Overdue Items Land Public Library User in Jail, Materials Valued at $35.98

The following story is now receiving national attention. A number of issues come into play here including ethical, public relations, information dissemination, and simply doing the right thing. They involve both the public library and the local judicial system. Do stories like this hurt all public libraries? From the Albuquerque Journal: Lori Teel said she […]

Fast Facts & Lists: Thomson Reuters Publishes New 2011 Journal Citation Reports

The JCR reports are fee-based but here are a few fast facts direct from Thomson Reuters. The 2011 release, with separate editions for Science and Social Sciences, features the largest-ever JCR with 10,677 journal listings in 232 disciplines; 2,552 publishers from 82 countries are represented. A total of 528 journals receive their first Journal Impact […]

New “Themed” Digital Collection from Calisphere: The Letters of John Muir

New from Calisphere, a resource that provides direct access to primary resources. Powered by California Digital Library. The Letters of John Muir: Themed Collection The images in this topic are scanned copies of correspondence to and from the naturalist John Muir (1838-1914). They show how Muir dedicated his life to revealing the complexity and beauty […]

Bings Adds More Indoor Venue Maps to Growing Collection

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From a Post by Greg Sterling on Search Engine Land: Microsoft announced today, that in conjunction with Nokia, Bing has added “more than 2,700 venue maps” in North America, Europe and Asia. You can access them online at (“explore venue maps”). In the US and UK markets venue (indoor) maps are also available on Windows Phones […]

For Developers: Additional Data Available via MedlinePlus Web Service and XML Files

We’re longtime admirers and users of MedlinePlus (a consumer health info resource from the National Library of Medicine) around here. If you’re not a developer, make sure to share this post with friends/colleagues who do development work. Today,  from the MedlinePlus Team: MedlinePlus is pleased to announce the release of additional data through its Web […]

Rachel Burley Named Wiley’s First VP/Director of Open Access, New Position Created to Lead OA Efforts

From Wiley: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced today the creation of a new role to lead open access. Rachel Burley has been appointed to the position of Vice President and Director, Open Access. In this new role Rachel will lead all aspects of the growth and development of open access publishing at Wiley. Working […]

Wellcome Trust Strengthens its Open Access Policy

From The Wellcome Trust: The Wellcome Trust today announces that it will be strengthening the manner in which it enforces its open access policy with immediate effect. Failure to comply with the policy could result in final grant payments being withheld and non-compliant publications being discounted when applying for further funding. The Wellcome Trust is […]

Alabama: Mobile Public Library Says No to “Fifty Shades of Grey”

From Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James has stormed the nation. It’s one of the most popular books out there but you won’t find it at libraries in Mobile. [Clip] Amber Guy with the Mobile Public Library said they will not be ordering the book. “Fifty Shades of Grey doesn’t fit our selection […]

Just Released Report: Researchers of Tomorrow (The Research Behaviour of Generation Y Doctoral Students)

Released today in the UK by JISC and the British Library. From a BL News Release with Highlights From Findings: Research students need more face-to-face and informal support tailored to their own subject area to help them embrace open web technologies and social media fully, according to the UK’s largest study of doctoral students commissioned […]

Conference Paper: “Reference Librarianship on the Fly: Taking the Librarian out of the Library”

The following paper will be presented at the upcoming World Library and Information Congress, 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly that will take place in Helsinki this August. Title Reference Librarianship On The Fly: Taking the Librarian Out of the Library Author Sara Wingate Gray University College, University of London San Francisco, California, USA Source […]