February 22, 2018

History: More than 600,000 Digitized Newspaper Pages From Iowa, Michigan, West Virginia and Elsewhere Added to LC’s Chronicling America Database

From the Library of Congress: Today, the Library of Congress updated the Chronicling America Web site adding more than 600,000 historic newspaper pages, including first-time contributions from Iowa, Michigan, and West Virginia. Other new additions include content from Hawaii, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. […]

McSweeney’s Archive Acquired by Harry Ransom Center (U. of Texas at Austin)

From the Ransom Center: The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of the McSweeney’s publishing company. Founded in 1998 by Dave Eggers, McSweeney’s is considered one of the most influential literary journals and publishing houses of its time. McSweeney’s publishes books, Timothy […]

Reference: EFF and Coalition of Organizations Launch Patent Troll Information Clearinghouse

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation Deeplinks Blog: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of organizations and law schools today launched the newest tool in the fight against patent trolls: Trolling Effects.  [Our emphasis] The online resource aims to unite and empower would-be victims of patent trolls through a crowdsourced database of demand letters […]

U.S. Public Library News Roundup: 18 Stories from 14 States

Here’s a selection of public library news items from around the country. All of the stories were posted online during the past week except where noted. Alabama Florence: Unpaid fines leave libraries suffering (via TimesDaily) Arizona La Paz County: New committee formed to explore library district (via Parker Pioneer) California Santa Maria Library benching its benches […]

WLIC 2013 Paper: “Translating Standards into Actions: A Case Study on Implementation and Training” (ACRL)

Here’s the sixth selection in our series featuring papers that will be presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2013 next month in Singapore. Our first five selections are linked at the bottom of this post. Today’s Selection (#6) Title Translating Standards into Actions: A Case Study on Implementation and Training Authors Mary Ellen […]

Deloitte Survey Finds 18% of U.S. College Students Own Tablets, 14% Own E-Readers

Deloitte released findings from their “Back to School” and “Back to College” shopping studies the other day. You can access the reports here (PDF). Deloitte surveyed parents of K-12 and college students about a number of topics including the amount they plan to spend, use of social media to find deals, etc. Included in the […]

Online Tools: New “Semantic Bookmarklet For Researchers, Students and Librarians”

Here’s info about a new web tool, a bookmarklet to be specific, we thought some of you might be interested in learning about and using. It’s free. The developers would appreciate any feedback you might have. We plan to give it a trial soon.  Thanks to LIBER (Association for European Research Libraries) for alerting us […]

U. of Minnesota: “University Buys e-Books, But Students Favor Print”

From Minnesota Daily (Student Paper at U. of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul): Electronic books, or e-books, are gaining popularity among college-aged students and educators, including those at the University of Minnesota. While e-books currently account for only 6 percent of textbook sales at University Bookstores, that number is growing, said assistant director Martha Hoppe. While colleges […]

July 2013 Update: New Content and Enhancements Now Live on Congress.gov


An impressive list of new content and enhancements recently made to the Congress.gov site (aka the replacement for THOMAS) was made available. What’s New (July 2013) Committee Reports (New) Committee Reports were added and date back to 1995 with the beginning of the 104th Congress. Committee Reports are available for global search with facets for Congress, Chamber, […]

A First For a New Zealand University, Lincoln University Implements Open Access Policy

From a Lincoln U. Announcement: In a first for a New Zealand university, Lincoln University has implemented an open access policy, allowing staff and postgraduate students to make their research outputs including research data, teaching materials and public records, openly and freely accessible on the web. The decision by Lincoln University to make content openly […]