March 23, 2018

Vatican Library Uploads 256 Digitized Manuscripts, First Items Online in Massive Digitization Effort

From Rome Reports: The 256 documents are the first to be made available to anyone, simply by logging on to the website of the Vatican Apostolic Library. But the project is much more ambitious. The post also includes a video about the project.

Video: “Extending Access to Scholarly Resources: JSTOR’s Alumni Program”

Here’s video from the Fall 2012 Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Member Membership Meeting project briefing that was recently made available on CNI’s YouTube page. In 2009, JSTOR began partnering with institutions in a pilot program to provide access to their alumni. A range of participants was selected for the pilot, including public and private […]

University of Chicago Developing New Library Catalog, Will Be Powered by VuFind Software

From the U. of Chicago Library News: University of Chicago Library staff members are now developing a new library catalog that will replace both the current Library Catalog and Lens. The vendors that support both of these current catalog systems are planning to discontinue them, necessitating a change.  The new catalog could be launched as […]

Reference Databases: New Online Resource of Mexican Philanthropy Launched

From The Foundation Center: A new searchable database of more than 22,000 Mexican philanthropies, Fondos a la Vista, has been launched by the Foundation Center in New York in partnership with the Mexico-based Alternativas y Capacidades and the Philanthropy and Civil Society Project at ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México). The online resource provides the […]

The Library of Congress Signs “Declaration of Learning”

Note: ALA is also formally participating in the initiative. From LC: Today, the Library of Congress joined 12 other government agencies and non-governmental organizations in signing a “Declaration of Learning” that formally announces their partnership as members of the Inter-Agency Collaboration on Education.

 The initiative is spearheaded by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who […]

New and Expanded Tools to Access Data Found in PLOS Articles

In a PLOS Blog post, Liz Allen shares details about, “a number of tools and services to unlock the full potential of the data that currently exists in the Figures and Supporting Information files of our journals but has to this point been just beyond easy reach.” Allen provides details about: An expanded relationship Dryad […]

New Report: “Sustaining Our Digital Future: Institutional Strategies for Digital Content”

Sustaining Our Digital Future: Institutional Strategies for Digital Content was released today. The report was commissioned by the Strategic Content Alliance and researched/written by Ithaka S+R. From a Summary on the Strategic Content Alliance Blog Post: [The] report, issued today, tells of how three distinct organisations – Imperial War Museums (IWM), the National Library of […]

How Librarians Can Help Widen Access to Research – Live Chat Round-Up

The Guardian’s Higher Education Network held an online chat yesterday that discussed the library/librarians role in advocating and providing access to research. Other topics including open access and the role of the 21st century library were also talked about. The roundup provides comments from: Ann Rossiter, executive director of Society of College, National and University […]

IFLA Releases ‘Thinkpiece’ on Libraries, e-Lending and the Future of Public Access to Digital Content (27 Pages)

Note: At the bottom of this post we’ve linked to and embedded the document discussed below. We’ve done the same thing with a matrix document that was part also part of the thinkpiece. It contains info about publishers, lending models, library initiatives, and more. From the International Federation of Library Associations: In May 2012 IFLA […]

E-Books Sales at Increase 71% During 2012 as Sales of Print Books Slow

The increase in ebook sales were made by Jeff Bezos in a news release announcing Q4 2012 and Full Year 2012 earnings. “We’re now seeing the transition we’ve been expecting,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of “After 5 years, eBooks is a multi-billion dollar category for us and growing fast – up approximately […]