March 21, 2018

Florida: “Six of 22 Miami-Dade Libraries Could Be Saved From Chopping Block”

Here’s an update to our Miami-Dade Library coverage from earlier this month. From the Miami Herald: An updated plan for cuts to the Miami-Dade County budget would keep open six of 22 public libraries initially slated for closure. [Clip] Amid uproar over Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s proposal to shut down nearly half of the county’s 49 […]

Altmetrics are Focus of New Special Themed Issue of NISO’s Information Standards Quarterly

A special themed issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) was released today. ISQ is a quarterly publication from the National Information Standards Organization (NISO). The guest editor of this special issue of ISQ (Summer 2013; Vol 25 No 2) was Martin Fenner, Technical Lead Article-Level Metrics for the Public Library of Science (PLOS) and Project Manager for […]

Reference: U.S. House of Representatives Makes U.S. Code Available in Bulk XML

From the Office of the Speaker of the House: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today announced that the House of Representatives is making the United States Code available for download in XML format. The data is compiled, updated, and published by the Office of Law Revision Counsel (OLRC). You […]

New Full Text Reference Publication: European Social Statistics – 2013 Edition (Free)

Recently released by Eurostat. The pocketbook of European social statistics [available free online, PDF], is intended for both generalists and specialists, provides a comparative overview of the social statistics available in 27 Member States and the Candidate Countries of the European Union, as well as in the EFTA states. Different areas of the social field are […]

Large-Scale Digitization Project: IBM, Poland University Digitize Martin Luther, Medieval Texts

From ZDNet: Wroclaw University Library, based in Warsaw, Poland, is partnering with IBM to digitize 800,000 European manuscripts, books and maps that date back to the Middle Ages. The project aims to create the largest digital archive of medieval manuscripts and ancient atlases in Poland. The effort is funded through the European Union’s Regional Development […]

Boston Globe: “Swartz Not ‘Targeted’ by MIT, According to Review” & Link to Full Text Report

Note: We’ve updated this post (below) with: 1. Full Text of a Statement by Aaron Swartz’s Partner, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman 2. Statement and Materials From JSTOR From The Boston Globe: In a long-awaited public response to the death of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide in January after being charged with hacking into MIT computers and illegally […]

Just Announced: IDPF Digital Publishing in Education Workshop (EDUPUB) Scheduled for Boston in October

An International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) workshop focusing on digital publishing in education was formally announced today. The event is scheduled to take place on October 29-30, 2013 at the Loews Boston Hotel. It’s being sponsored by Pearson Education and organizationally co-sponsored by W3C and IMS Global Learning, with corporate sponsors including Aptara and SPi Global. From Today’s Request for Participation Announcement: The […]

Illinois: Morton Grove Library Trustee Relieves Teenager Before Showing R-rated Film

Note: Morton Grove, IL is located just north of Chicago and borders Skokie and Niles. From the Morton Grove Champion: A 16-year-old girl was removed from the Baxter Auditorium minutes before a R-rated movie was scheduled to play on July 23 as part of the Morton Grove Library’s weekly matinee series. But the teenager wasn’t […]

The Leader of Wikimedia’s Fundraising Efforts Leaving Foundation Next Month

Here’s the full text of a letter from Wikimedia’s Executive Director, Sue Gardner* about Zack Exley, Wikimedia’s Chief Revenue Officer, who will be leaving the foundation next month. Letter from Sue Gardner (July 29, 2013) Hi folks, I’m sorry to tell you that Zack Exley has decided he wants to leave the Wikimedia Foundation, although […]

Standards: NISO Publishes Fifth Ed. of Metrics Data Dictionary for Libraries and Information Providers (Z39.7)

From the National Information Standards Organization: The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of the fifth edition of the standard ANSI/NISO Z39.7, Information Services and Use: Metrics and Statistics for Libraries and Information Providers – Data Dictionary. The purpose of the Z39.7 Data Dictionary is to assist the information community in the identification, […]