March 20, 2018

NISO Publishes Recommended Practice on Exchanging Serial Content (PESC)

From the National Information Standards Organization: The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a new recommended practice, Protocol for Exchanging Serial Content (PESC) (NISO RP-23-2015), which provides guidance on the best way to manage the elements of digital serial content packaging in a manner that aids both the content provider and the […]

No Go: Russia Bans The Wayback Machine

From the Voice of America: Russia’s attorney general has ordered blockage of the site, known as “The Wayback Machine,” citing legislation that bans minors from accessing sites that contain pornography, sexual abuse, or extremist activities. The Wayback Machine stores cached images of webpages around the world going back as far as 1996 and contains almost […]

New Data Analysis From Pew: “Americans’ Internet Access: 2000-2015″

From the Pew Research Center: A new analysis of 15 years-worth of data highlights several key trends: For some groups, especially young adults, those with high levels of education, and those in more affluent households, internet penetration is at full saturation levels. For other groups, such as older adults, those with less educational attainment, and […]

2015 Google Scholar Metrics Released Online

From the Google Scholar Blog: …we are releasing the 2015 version of Scholar Metrics. This release is based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of mid-June 2015 and covers articles published in 2010–2014. Scholar Metrics include journal articles from websites that follow our inclusion guidelines, selected conference articles in […]

Knight Foundation Announces Plan For a Second Knight News Challenge Focused on Library Innovation

From the Knight Foundation Blog: Today we are happy to share that we will run a second challenge focused on library innovation in 2016, and we would like your thoughts to help shape the challenge around the future needs and opportunities for libraries. Please share your thoughts with us on Twitter using the hashtag #newschallenge […]

San Francisco Public Library Becomes First 10 Gigabit Library in U.S.

From a Joint Announcement: San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), and the City and County of San Francisco announced today that they have collaborated to provide unprecedented direct connection at 10 gigabits per second access speed to CENIC’s California Research and Education Network (CalREN) and from there […]

New Data & API: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Publishes Over 7,700 Consumer Complaint Narratives About Financial Companies

From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): [On Thursday the] Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) [went] live with an enhanced public-facing consumer complaint database, which includes for the first time over 7,700 consumer accounts of problems they are facing with financial companies concerning mortgages, bank accounts, credit cards, debt collection, and more. The CFPB is […]

Mellon Foundation Awards Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) 24-Month, $1.5 Million Operating Grant

From CLIR: The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has received a 24-month, $1.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support general operations starting July 2015. “We are, as always, very grateful for the Mellon Foundation’s generous support of CLIR,” said CLIR Board Chairman David Gift. “The alignment of Mellon’s mission with […]

ALA Releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

ALA’s Policy Agenda for Libraries was released today as the 2015 ALA Annual Conference gets underway in San Francisco. The full text document is available here. A four page executive summary is also available. A foreword to the agenda written by Deborah Jacobs from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was also published. Policy goals […]

New Data From Pew: Internet Adoption in US Among Lower-Access Groups Hits Record Levels, But Digital Gaps Persist

From the Pew Research Center: For young adults, Americans with high education levels, and those in relatively affluent households, internet penetration nears full saturation levels, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of 15 years of data on internet adoption. The report finds that, in 2000, 70% of those ages 18-29 used the internet, […]