March 22, 2018

Privacy: Social Media: “Your Hidden Facebook Photos Aren’t So Hidden Anymore”

Here’s an introduction to a new extension for Chrome that might be of interest to some of you. If it’s NOT of interest we still encourage you to review the article. Why? It’s yet another reminder that what you share privately on social media sites like Facebook might not be as private as you think. […]

Public Libraries: “Seed Libraries Struggle With State Laws Limiting Exchanges”

From the Associated Press: Seed exchanges have sprouted up in about 300 locations around the country, most often in libraries, where gardeners can exchange self-pollinating seeds rather than buy standard, hybrid seeds. In spots like Duluth, Minnesota, the conflict with agriculture departments has surprised gardeners and library officials, who established exchanges to meet a growing […]

Research Article: “‘Text Overlap’ Clutters Scientific Papers, arXiv Analysis Finds”

Recently published research out of Cornell University. From Cornell University: Computer text analysis of a huge database of scientific papers shows a large amount of “text overlap,” where authors use text from previous papers of their own and others, not always with attribution. This is not necessarily good or bad, Cornell researchers say. “Our first […]

History: Africa: Virginia Tech Creates Digital Repository For Kenya Law Archive

From Virginia Tech University: Brett Shadle, associate professor of history at Virginia Tech, has partnered with Kenya Law and the Virginia Tech Discovery Commons to offer a freely accessible digital archive of the Kenya Gazette. The Kenya Gazette is the official record of all laws, ordinances, and appointments made by the colonial and independent governments […]

U.S. Census Releases Projections of U.S. and World Populations on New Year’s Day 2015

The release of the projections, an annual occurrence, took place earlier today. From the U.S. Census: The U.S. Census Bureau today projected the United States population will be 320,090,857 on Jan. 1, 2015. This represents an increase of 2,334,187, or 0.73 percent, from New Year’s Day 2014, and 11,345,319, or 3.67 percent, since Census Day […]

Chile’s Oldest Film Archive Digitizes and Makes 150 Historic Films Available For Download or Streaming Online

From The Cineteca of the University of Chile, the oldest film archive in the country, has made over 150 films spanning the entire history of national cinema freely available to download or stream online. The project, which will be enhanced with further releases to take the total to more than 200 films by 2015, […]

New Research Report: Internet Access: “Competition Among U.S. Broadband Service Providers”

Summary and link to recently published report from the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA), U.S. Commerce Department. From News Release: A new report released today by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) examines, for the first time, competition at the full range of speeds of Internet service in the U.S.  The ESA report […]

Russia To Launch National Digital Library In 2015

From The St. Petersburg Times: Work on developing electronic libraries across Russian is soon to begin, Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky said last week. At a joint meeting of the State Council and the Presidential Council on Culture and the Arts, Medinsky said that the new initiative will transform local libraries into modern information and […]

New Article/Case Study: “Partners in Discovery: Collaboration in Special Collections”

The following article/case study appears in the latest issue of Archival Practice (peer-reviewed, OA) published by the UNC-Greensboro University Libraries. Title Partners in Discovery: Collaboration in Special Collections Authors Lori Birrell University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries Marcy Strong University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries Source Archival Practice (Vol 1, No 2) Abstract As the […]

Overview: Acquisitions at the National Library of China

The latest issue of the  CDNLAO Newsletter (Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania) includes an article in English about the acquisitions process at the National Library of China. The 1300 word article is organized into the following sections: Introduction of the National Library of China Overview of NLC’s Collection Acquisition activities […]