April 24, 2018

Rankings: What Were the Most Accessed Articles on the English Wikipedia Last Week?

Here’s a direct link to the Top 25 rankings that includes some analysis. Some pages are excluded from the list. Make sure to review the notes at the bottom of the rankings page. More? Sure. You’ll find the Top 5000 most accessed pages on the English Wikipedia here. Again, make sure to review the notes. In this case, […]

LSSI VP Selected as Next Texas State Librarian

From the Texas State Library and Archives Commission: The seven-member Texas State Library and Archives Commission today [Friday, August 30, 2013] unanimously selected Mark Smith for the position of Director and Librarian, the agency’s chief executive also known as the Texas State Librarian. Mark Smith currently serves as the Vice President of West Coast Operations for Library Systems and Services (LSSI) of Germantown, […]

Museum in Cambridge, MA “Aims to Preserve Digital History” (Video)

From Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe: Northeastern University lecturer Mary Hopper thinks she’s found the perfect way to recycle 30-year-old computers: Switch them on, boot them up, and use them to teach a new generation about the history of digital technology. [Clip] Hopper’s new venture, Digital Den, aims to provide a hands-on introduction to personal computing […]

NARA: National Archives Issues Guidance for Managing Billions of Federal Emails

From the National Records and Archives Administration: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has issued guidance for Federal agencies on a simplified approach to managing email. NARA Bulletin 2013-02: Guidance on a New Approach to Managing Email Records introduces a new approach to managing the billions of email messages that are sent or received […]

Legal Docs: “Nonprofit Reporters Lose PACER Fees Appeal”

From Courthouse News Service: Journalists who were denied a fee waiver to access federal court records online cannot appeal but may find success under new exemption guidelines, the 9th Circuit ruled Thursday. Pursuing the federal Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) website typically costs 10 cents per page, unless you qualify for a fee […]

Philadelphia: Penn Libraries Will Host Competition at PennApps Hackathon, Prizes for Best App Using Library Data

From Penn Libraries (via Business Wire): On September 6, the University of Pennsylvania will host PennApps, the largest student-run hackathon in the world. As part of the event, the Penn Libraries will hold a competition for 200 hackathon participants. The team that develops the best app using library data will win a $500 cash prize The […]

Why Public Libraries are Glamming Up

In a new column for The Guardian, Ken Worpole, the author of Contemporary Library Architecture (Routledge), shares his thoughts about urban library design. From the Column: Why are libraries back on the urban agenda? Increasing numbers of people are now engaged in some form of further or higher education, and need study space and access to the […]

Public Libraries Across U.S. To Begin Testing “Super Wi-Fi” Technology

The Gigabit Library Network (GLN) has announced that libraries from around the U.S. will begin testing super wi-fi technology during a four month trial. Super wi-fi? From the GLN Web Site: Unlike traditional wifi, Super Wi-Fi (though currently capable of less data throughput) has advantages both in a range measured in miles and in its […]

Borrow Art From a Lending Library in Minneapolis & “Art to Go” at the Iowa City Public Library

Minneapolis From Vita.mn So it was with great excitement that we met Larsen Husby and Mac Balentine. Last June, along with friend Julia Caston, the two newbie gallerists invited looky-loos into cozy Stevens Square apartment gallery the Ledge for the experimental launch of the Minneapolis Art Lending Library. With a valid ID, visitors could “check out” any piece […]

Access to Information: “An Inside Look at China’s Censorship Tools”

From The Wall Street Journal: If you can’t beat China’s censors, why not join them? To get inside the system, professor Gary King and two Ph.D. students started their own fake social network over the past year, which—while it never formally went online—allowed them to reach out to some of China’s many companies offering censorship […]