August 15, 2018

Lake Superior State University Releases 42nd Annual List of Banished Words

From Lake Superior St. University: The wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University have taken their best “guesstimate” and released LSSU’s 42nd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. “Overused words and phrases are a ‘bête noire’ for thousands of users of the ‘manicured’ Queen’s English,” said an […]

Report: New Data Storage Method Capable of Storing a Million Times More Data Than DVDs

From Imperial College London (UK): To date, optical storage media, such as DVD or BluRay, lag significantly behind in capacity compared with hard drives, flash memory and other solid state drives. However, storing a higher density of data using light cannot be accomplished due to restrictions imposed by the so-called “diffraction limit”. This term refers […]

University of Rhode Island: “Love of Sewing Patterns Leads to World-Class Collection” (Commercial Pattern Archive)


From the Associated Press: The University of Rhode Island has the largest known collection of sewing patterns in the world, according to the collection’s curator, Joy Spanabel Emery, and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. About 50,000 are on paper and 62,000 are in an electronic database. They’re at the university because of Emery’s […]

New York: “Preserving History: A Look At The Queens Library Archives”

From the Queens Tribune: Underground, beneath the hustle and bustle of the Queens Library’s central branch in Jamaica, Queens’ history sits protected in the Queens Library archives. The archives contain thousands of documents—maps, newspaper clippings, photos and more—that help studious researchers and curious residents alike learn more about the borough of Queens, as well as […]

UK: Prime Minister’s Papers From 1989 and 1990 Released by National Archives

From The National Archives (UK): Today we have released files from the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office spanning the eventful years of 1989 and 1990. The newly released files shed light on a range of subjects both at home and abroad, and end with the resignation of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The files are available […]

Toronto Public Library: Top 100 Most Popular Books and DVDs, & Top Five Ebooks in 2016

From the Toronto Public Library: Every year, Torontonians borrow about 32 million print and downloadable items. This year, Toronto Public Library (TPL) is releasing a list of the year’s most popular materials (print books, ebooks and DVDS), providing an interesting glimpse into our city’s reading and viewing habits. Read the Complete Blog Post From CBC: […]

Documents in the News: “DHS Immigration Enforcement: 2016″ and “CBP Border Security Report FY 2016″

From the Dept. of Homeland Security: Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 statistics. These statistics reflect the Department’s immigration enforcement efforts prioritizing convicted criminals and threats to public safety, border security and national security. Overall, in FY 2016, the Department apprehended 530,250 individuals nationwide and conducted […]

News Roundup

1. Repositories: SSRN (Social Science Research Network) Top Papers of 2016 2. Kansas: Lawrence Public Library Offering Light Therapy to Those Suffering from Seasonal Depression (via Journal-World)

“Navajos Hope to Digitally Preserve Thousands of Hours of Oral History”

From Cronkite News/: Jolyana Begay-Kroupa still remembers waiting for the seasons to change when she was a child so she could hear the winter stories her Navajo grandparents would tell. But Begay-Kroupa, now a professor of the Navajo language at Arizona State and Stanford universities, worries that “because my two boys grew up in the […]

Research Article: “Factors Affecting the Use of Print and Electronic Books: A Use Study and Discussion” (Preprint)

The following accepted for publication preprint is scheduled for publication in the January 2018 issue of C&RL (College and Research Libraries). Title Factors Affecting the Use of Print and Electronic Books: A Use Study and Discussion Author Amy Fry Bowling Green State University Source C&RL Website crl16-972 From the Introduction This article outlines a study assessing […]