March 23, 2018

Facebook Changes: “Your Facebook Profile Photo May Be Used in its Facial Recognition Tech”

From VentureBeat: Facebook changed its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities today to reflect new ways the social network can use your data. One of those ways? The network may now use your profile photos as more fodder for its facial recognition technology. [Clip] It also added clearer language about how third parties can use your […]

Audio: Public Printer of U.S. Wants to Change GPO Name to Better Reflect What Organization is Doing Today

From Federal News Radio: Davita Vance-Cooks, who was officially sworn in as the head of the agency last week, says there’s a more accurate moniker for the work the agency does today: Government Publishing Office. “We want this name change, because we are just much more than a print operation,” Vance-Cooks said in an interview […]

Now Available: Library Investment Index Summarizes Relative Size of ARL University Libraries for 2011–12

From the Association of Research Libraries: ARL has released the Library Investment Index for 2011–2012, the latest in this annual summary measure of the relative size of the university library members of the Association. Although similar to the ARL Membership Criteria Index in reflecting the investments made in research libraries, the ARL Library Investment Index […]

Center for Research Libraries Has Four New Members, CRL Membership Now at All-Time High

From CRL: Four new members have joined CRL since the start of the new fiscal year on July 1: Mount Holyoke College(South Hadley, MA), Smith College (Northhampton, MA), St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN), and Trinity University (San Antonio, TX). These additions bring the number of CRL member institutions overall to an all-time high of 275. [Clip] The recent growth of CRL membership among […]

The Nation Publishes “The Hidden History of New York City’s Central Library Plan”

The latest issue of The Nation (on newsstands Saturday) includes an investigative report (3400+ words) by Scott Sherman on the inside story behind NYPL’s controversial Central Library Plan. The full text of the report is now available online. It includes material that comes from found 10 years of NYPL trustee minutes. The Nation obtained these […]

BBC: Skype Confirms 3D Video Calls are Under Development as Company Celebrates 10th Birthday

From the BBC: The news was revealed by a senior executive in an exclusive interview with the BBC to mark Skype’s 10th anniversary. We’ve done work in the labs looking at the capability of 3D-screens and 3D-capture,” said Microsoft’s corporate vice-president for Skype, Mark Gillett. “We’ve seen a lot of progress in screens and a […]

Rights Info, DOI and PubMed ID From PubMed Central Articles Now Available in Two Dublin Core Metadata Elements

From a National Library of Medicine/PMC Discussion List: Additional information from PMC articles is now available in two Dublin Core metadata elements from the OAI web service. 1. <dc:identifier> – PubMed ID and DOI, where available, have been added. Example: <dc:identifier></dc:identifier> <dc:identifier></dc:identifier> <dc:identifier></dc:identifier> 2. <dc:rights> – CC license information, where available, have been added. Example: <dc:rights></dc:rights> <dc:rights>This […]

University Press: eBooks From Project Muse/UPCC Now Available at Kansas City Public Library

We’ve pointed out in the past that more and more public libraries are beginning to offer electronic resources from academic publishers and dbase providers. Today, the Kansas City Public Library is launching access to 3,200 full text ebooks from the Project Muse/UPCC for all KCPL cardholders. From Today’s KCPL Announcement: More than 3,200 digital editions […]

California: Library Tax Passes in Santa Clara County, Funding Extended for Another 20 Years

From the San Jose Mercury News: Santa Clara County’s Measure A library tax passed, continuing existing funding for another 20 years, officials reported Wednesday. The final, unofficial results indicate that Measure A passed by 81 percent of those who responded to the mail-only balloting. Measure A asked for a continuation of the existing special tax […]

Newseum Launches Interactive Civil Rights History Map

From the MapBox Blog: Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, they’ve combined maps and markers with their amazing archive of newspapers to showcase the Civil Rights Movement through the 1950s and ’60s. You’ll need to register with the Newseum (free) to access the map and other Digital Classroom resources.