May 21, 2018

A New Report by Marshall Breeding Now Available Online: “Library Services Platforms: A Mature Genre of Products”

The May/June 2015 (Vol. 51, No.4) issue of ALA’s Library Technology Reports features a new report by library tech consultant, author, speaker and the person behind Library Technology Guides (website and database), Marshall Breeding. The new report is titled, Library Services Platforms: A Mature Genre of Products and the full text is open access/free to […]

News Roundup (Google Announcements, Yahoo Privacy, Censorship in Idaho, and More)

1.  The 10 Most Important Things Google Announced Yesterday (via Bloomberg BusinessWeek) 2. Penn State University Libraries: Karen Estlund Appointed Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies 3. Privacy: Yahoo to Face Class Action Lawsuit Over Email Spying 4. CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Censorship of Of Mice and Men in Idaho MORE TO COME

New Joint Venture: Vricon Plans to Produce Photo-Realistic 3D products and Digital Elevation Models

For your new company file. This new joint venture comes from Saab (defense tech) and Digital Globe (satellite imagery). From the Announcement: Vricon combines Saab’s unique 3D technology with DigitalGlobe’s unrivaled archive which contains billions of square kilometres of the world’s highest quality commercial satellite imagery. The Vricon joint venture will establish high scale production […]

Data Report: 21.3 Percent of U.S. Population Participates in Government Assistance Programs Each Month

From the U.S. Census: Approximately 52.2 million (or 21.3 percent) people in the U.S. participated in major means-tested government assistance programs each month in 2012, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. Participation rates were highest for Medicaid (15.3 percent) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program […]

What is the Future for ISBN? An Interview with Stella Griffiths, Executive Director of the International ISBN Agency

A new post on the International Publishers Association web site features a brief interview with Stella Griffiths, Executive Director of the International ISBN (International Standard Book Number) Agency. The interview consists of five questions and answers. Here’s one of exchanges. Q. Looking forward, do you see an alternative standard coming along to replace ISBNs? Stella […]

Data: U.S. State Department Releases Foreign Assistance Evaluations Database

From the U.S. Department of State: In accordance with the Department of State’s evaluation policy, and its guidance on dissemination of evaluation results, the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources will publish summaries of unclassified evaluations foreign assistance annually beginning in calendar year 2015. Bureaus and independent offices sponsoring evaluations also have the option to […]

E-Commerce Data: U.S. Census Releases New E-Stats Statistical Brief

From the U.S. Census: This economy-wide statistical brief consolidates in one document previously released 2013 e-commerce data on shipments, sales and revenues from four sectors of the economy: manufacturing, wholesale, services and retail. Materials Released Today Summary of Changes Report Tables Forms

National Library of the Netherlands and Portico Announce E-Journal Preservation Partnership

From Portico’s Announcement: The National Library of the Netherlands (KB) and Portico announced today a new partnership that will support the preservation of e-journals through the KB’s International e-Depot program and take advantage of Portico’s extensive preservation infrastructure and expertise. The KB’s International e-Depot program focuses on the preservation of e-journals from international scientific publishers, […]

CLIR, ASRC, and NRPB Publish “Guide to Audio Preservation”

Note: The new guide discussed below is free to download as a PDF (252 pages) and is also available for purchase ($30.00). From CLIR The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), in partnership with the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) and the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress, today announced […]

COAR Responds to Comments By Elsevier About Publisher’s Updated Sharing Policy

The “discussion” continues today with a new post on the COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) web site. Background Eight days ago COAR along a number of  library organization (incl. ARL, ACRL, ALA, and CARL) and individuals signed a statement asking Elsevier to reconsider their recently updated sharing policy. COAR now reports that more than […]