March 18, 2018

U. of Florida’s Smathers Libraries Awarded NEH Grant for MassMine: Collecting and Archiving Big Data for Social Media Humanities Researchers

From the U. of Florida: University of Florida researchers have spearheaded a collaborative project which has been awarded $60,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant for “MassMine: Collecting and Archiving Big Data for Social Media Humanities Researchers.” The project will support development of an open-source toolkit and […]

Oral History: StoryCorps Formally Launches New Global Platform, iOS and Android Apps Available

From a Library of Congress Blog Post by Nicole Saylor: [On Wednesday] we celebrate[d] the official release of, a global platform where anyone in the world can record and upload an oral history interview. This effort is a wish come true for StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, the 2015 recipient of the TED Prize. The prize comes with $1 million […]

Reference: Lists & Rankings: Top 10 Restaurant Chains & Fastest Growing Chains in the U.S., 2014

From Food Business News: Though the 500 largest brands in the United States drove a 4% increase in cumulative sales growth to an estimated $274.4 billion in 2014, according to a new report from Technomic, Inc., such giants as McDonald’s and Subway reported overall sales declines for the year as focused-menu concepts and emerging fast-casual […]

RCUK (Research Councils UK) Publishes First Independent Review of Its Open Access Policy

From RCUK: [Yesterday,] Research Councils UK (RCUK) published the first independent review of the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access. Chaired by Professor Sir Bob Burgess, former University of Leicester Vice-Chancellor, the review received an excellent response from the research community, with over 85 submissions of written evidence highlighting how the policy is […]

New Conference Paper: “Bypassing Interlibrary Loan Via Twitter: An Exploration of #icanhazpdf Requests”

The following research paper was presented at ACRL 2015 in Portland. Title Bypassing Interlibrary Loan Via Twitter: An Exploration of #icanhazpdf Requests Authors Carolyn Caffrey Gardner University of Southern California Gabriel J. Gardner California State University, Long Beach Source ALA/ACRL Web Site From the Introduction Twitter is also used to facilitate access to scholarly articles […]

Listen Online: Public Radio Program Airs Segment About Yale University Library’s Archive of Horror Movies on VHS

Here’s a 10 minute radio interview (embedded below) featuring: David Gary, Kaplanoff Librarian for American History at Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library Aaron Pratt, Ph.D. candidate in English at Yale University and VHS aficionado The Interview aired today on “Here and Now” a public radio program that is heard on public radio stations around the U.S. […]

Columbia University Press Joining Oxford’s University Press Scholarship Online This Fall

From Oxford U. Press: Oxford [University Press] is pleased to announce that Columbia University Press will be joining University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) in November 2015. The Columbia Scholarship Online site will go live with approximately 400 titles across the humanities and social sciences, including: Literary studies, Asian literature, Journalism, Film and media studies Philosophy, […]

Fake Peer Review Causes BioMed Central to Retract More Than 40 Articles

From the Always Informative and Interesting “Retraction Watch” Blog: BioMed Central is retracting 43 papers, following their investigation into 50 papers that raised suspicions of fake peer review, possibly involving third-party companies selling the service. In November 2014 we wrote about fake peer reviews for Nature; at that point there had been about 110 retractions across several […]

New Article: “Internet Filters and Academic Freedom: Librarian and Stakeholder Perceptions and Their Impact on Access to Information”

The following article appears in a new issue of LIBRES (open access, peer-reviewed journal) published by NTU Libraries and Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Title Internet Filters and Academic Freedom: Librarian and Stakeholder Perceptions and Their Impact on Access to Information Authors David Orenstein City University of […]

Science: NASA Releases Millions of New Images of Celestial Objects Online

From NASA: Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft now are available online to the public. The data was collected following the restart of the asteroid-seeking spacecraft in December 2013 after a lengthy hibernation. The collection of millions of infrared images and billions of […]