March 17, 2018

A New Film By OCLC’s Roy Tennant: “Cataloging Unchained”

Here’s a new and superbly produced short film/video (embedded below) written, produced, and directed by OCLC Senior Program Officer, Roy Tennant. It was presented yesterday top open his keynote address at the OCLC Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council (EMEARC) Annual Meeting in Strasbourg, France. It’s a lot of fun. Blurb With nearly 300 million […]

Authors Guild Files Opening Brief in HathiTrust Appeal

The brief became available yesterday. We’ve embedded a copy below. It’s also available here. In-depth analysis/commentary about the filing plus links to all other documents in the case are available from Professor James Grimmelmann, New York Law School on his Laboratorium blog. Authors Guild Brief in Appeal of HathiTrust Decision by LJ's infoDOCKET Hat Tip: […]

On Discovery, Ebook Formats, and More: Results of a Goodreads Member Survey

Goodreads has posted the results of a user survey that touches on many topics that will likely be of interest to many of you. The results were first shared by Otis Chandler, CEO of Goodreads at the Tools of Change conference a couple of weeks ago. The slide presentation (embedded below) was made available earlier […]

De Gruyter Purchases Two Academic Publishers: Oldenbourg and Akademie

From De Gruyter: De Gruyter is proud to announce the acquisition of two academic publishers with a long and rich tradition: Akademie Verlag, based in Berlin, and Oldenburg Wissenschaftsverlag, based in Munich. Both companies were acquired retroactively as of 1 January 2013 from Franz Cornelsen Bildungsgruppe, which is seeking to streamline its business. [Clip] Together, […]

First Winners of the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries Announced

From Stanford News: The first winners of the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries are the Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France) and the Miguel de Cervantes Digital Library in Spain. Commendations of merit went to Australia’s Griffith University and the New York Public Library. The Stanford Libraries’ new annual award celebrates […]

Coming Soon: A New Multidisciplinary Journal That Will Focus on MOOCs

The new quarterly journal (coming soon) from Mary Ann Liebert Publishers is titled MOOCs Forum. From the MOOCs Forum Homepage: Multidisciplinary in scope, MOOCs Forum is the public venue for examining key issues paramount to the success of MOOCs such as increasing course completion rates, course content and examination security, student identification, successful business models, […]

Sara Kelly Johns and Jim Neal Elected to ALA’s Executive Board

From the American Library Association: Sara Kelly Johns and James G. (Jim) Neal have been elected to serve on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board. The new board members were elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 25 to 29 in Seattle. Johns and […]

Recent Presentation: “Toward Linked Data: the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus”

Here’s are slides from a recent presentation by Jane Smith, a grad student in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Smith is also a research assistant at the Metadata Research Center, a part of the UNC SILS program that’s led by Jane Greenberg. The presentation […]

Columbia University Libraries Acquires Elfquest Comic Archives

From CUL: Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Elfquest archives, a collection of original artwork from the popular comic book property created by Wendy and Richard Pini in 1978. This acquisition is the latest development in Columbia University Libraries’ support for the research […]

Get Ready: “New Internet Domains to Start Rolling Out in Mid-2013″

From PC World: The Web’s governing body expects the rollout of new generic top-level domains (gTLD) by mid-2013. In an effort to resolve any trademark disputes, however, the group will open a trademark clearinghouse starting March 26. [Clip] At this point, there are 22 gTLDs, including .com, .org, and .net. In June 2011, however, ICANN […]