March 23, 2018

ARL’s SHARE Project Awarded $1 Million Grant by IMLS and Sloan Foundation

We’ve passed along several items about the SHare project on infoDOCKET in the past including this one just a few days ago See: “New EDUCAUSE Article Provides Useful Overview of SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)”. At the bottom of this post we’ve embedded the full text of the SHARE Project Plan that was released in […]

Open Access: New York Public Library Makes 20,000 Hi-Res Maps Available Online, Free to Download and Use

It’s a big day for map geeks! Here’s news about a new and large treasure chest of map content that is also free to download (hi-res) and use. Enjoy! From the NYPL: The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. […]

Reference: Full Text of The North Carolina Gazetteer Now Available Online, Search or Browse Material


Free online access to this reference resource was announced today. From the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources: NCPedia and the N.C. Government and Heritage Library, in cooperation with the University of North Carolina Press, now make the entirety of “The North Carolina Gazetteer” available online through NCPedia at Direct to NC Gazetteer at: “The North […]

Interesting Research! FaceBlock App Allows Google Glass Users to Take Privacy-Aware Pictures

The following technology is under development as a collaborative project by the UMBC  (University of Maryland-Baltimore County) ebiquity group and Distributed Information Systems (DIS) at the University of Zaragoza in Spain. FaceBlock is a proof of concept implementation. From theebiquity Blog: FaceBlock helps to protect the privacy of people around you by allowing them to specify whether […]

Gov Docs: Public Printer Names Five New Members of Federal Depository Library Council


Congrats to the five newest members of the FDLP that were announced today. Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks announces the appointment of five new members to the Depository Library Council (DLC). The Council, composed of 15 members each of whom serves a three year term, advises the Public Printer on policy matters relating to the Federal […]

National Library of Australia Launches Government of Australia Web Archive

The initial release of the keyword searchable archive of web content went live about a week ago. Details from PS News: The National Library of Australia has opened public access to a collection of Commonwealth Government websites it has been harvesting since mid-2011. The Library’s Australian Government Web Archive (AGWA) began when Whole-of-Government ICT arrangements […]

New Video: The Real Alice in Wonderland: Highlights from the “ABC of It” Exhibition at NYPL

A new video from the New York Public Library some of you might enjoy. Blurb: Did you know that Alice was a real person, and that Lewis Carroll gave her the first ever copy of the now famous book? Join Leonard Marcus, curator of The ABC of It exhibition at The New York Public Library, […]

Salt Lake City Media Report on 3D Printing at University of Utah’s Marriott Library

From KSL Television: “We are printing 24/7 right now, but we haven’t been doing that for a long time so we are still identifying how to deal with it,” said IT supervisor TJ Ferrill [at the J. Willard Marriott Library]. [Clip] The cost is $5 a cubic inch, Ferrill said. Depending on the size of […]

Report Highlights: 17.66 Percent of Web Traffic On Public Library Websites Accounted for by Mobile Devices

Below, a few  findings from a new 100+ page, fee-based report titled, Survey of Policies to Assure Mobile Device Access to the Library Website, published by the Primary Research Group. More than 60 libraries contributed comprehensive data and insights to the report, and data is broken out by size and type of library and other useful criteria. […]

Controlled Vocabulary: “The Unified Astronomy Thesaurus” (Creation and Maintenance)

The following paper was presented at the Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXIII, September 29-October 3, 2013 and recently made available via arXiv. Title The Unified Astronomy Thesaurus Authors Alberto Accomazz Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Norman Gray School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow Chris Erdmann Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Chris Biemesderfer American […]