March 24, 2018

Digitization Projects: Chronicling America Expands with Addition of Newspapers From Maryland and the District of Columbia

Here’s a brief update From the National Newspaper Digitization Program (Library of Congress/NEH Partnership): This week the Library of Congress began adding more historic newspapers to the Chronicling America Web site. First-time contributions from Maryland and North Carolina, as well as many other newspapers, are being added to the 6.7 million pages already available from […]

SF Chronicle: UC Berkeley Libraries Saved With Influx of Cash

Updated January 30, 2014 Campus officials announce $4.6 million of additional funding for library (via The Daily Californian) Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer announced $4.6 million in additional campus funding for the library — which includes Doe and Moffitt Libraries, as well as all subject specialty, affiliated and stand-alone campus libraries — in […]

New York City: Comptroller Scott Stringer To Audit NYC’s Three Library Systems (Roundup)

From CBS News York: New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer‘s office is auditing the Big Apple’s three library systems after a newspaper report suggested the Queens system might have been wasteful with taxpayer dollars. According to the New York Daily News, Thomas Galante, president of the Queens Borough Public Library, spent $140,000 last year to […]

Mold Damages About 600,000 Books at U. of Missouri Libraries Off-Campus Storage Facility

UPDATE Feb. 7 2014 FAQ Regarding Mold at Offsite Storage (via MU Libraries) From the Columbia Daily Tribune: University of Missouri Libraries officials face tough choices as they consider what to do with 600,000 mold-covered books at an off-campus storage facility. The volumes are stored at Subtera, an underground storage facility off Stadium Boulevard in […]

eBooks and eBook Subscription Services: Scribd Launches New Reading App for Kindle Fire

Remember, Scribd launched an “all you can read” ebook subscription service in October and now offers more than 100,000 titles including a majority of the HarperCollins backlist. Today, an app to read full text ebooks and material from Scribd was released for the Kindle Fire. From Scribd: Demand for a Kindle Fire app has been resounding: […]

New Reference Resource: Internet Verification Handbook Released (Free Online)


Here’s a new handbook published today (available for free) by the European Journalism Center in the Netherlands and edited by Craig Silverman from The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. Journalists AND Librarians Although the book targets journalists working to verify information during the coverage of an emergency many of the tools and techniques discussed will be of […]

Reference: List of Government URLs That Do Not End in .Gov or .Mil Crawled by

These lists might be of interest to both developers and searchers. From As the U.S. government’s official web portal, we search across all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government websites. Most government websites end in .gov or .mil, but many end in .com, .org, .edu, or other top-level domains. This GitHub page offers […]

Washington University in St. Louis Library Unveils 100-plus Hours of Digitized Conversation About the Great Depression

From WUSTL Library Blog: In March of 1992, many years after photographer Dorothea Lange’s 1936 image of a migrant mother in California became one of the most iconic images from the Great Depression, a camera crew sat down with two daughters of the subject of Lange’s photo. “We’re talking to Norma Rydlewski and Katherine McIntosh […]

Vatican Library, Japan to Catalogue Lost Archive

From the AP (via Yahoo News): Monsignor Cesare Pasini, head of the Vatican’s Apostolic Library, said the so-called Marega Papers represent the largest known civic archive of its kind. An Italian missionary priest took the 22 bundles of documents out of Japan in the 1940s and brought them to Rome. They sat in the Vatican […]

Milestones: Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Top One Billion Units For the First Time + Charts


From IDC: The worldwide smartphone market reached yet another milestone, having shipped one billion units in a single year for the first time. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 1,004.2 million smartphones worldwide, up 38.4% from the 725.3 million units in 2012. This aligns […]