May 25, 2018

Preview Version of the New Microsoft Academic Search Engine is Now Online, API Also Available


UPDATE March 1, 2016 A Few Questions About the New Preview Version of Microsoft Academic in MSFT FAQ From the FAQ: This new service puts a knowledge driven, semantic inference based search and recommendation framework front and center. In addition, a new data structure and graph engine have been developed to facilitate the real-time intent recognition […]

Stanford University Libraries and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Sign Historic Bilateral Collaboration Agreement

From Stanford University Libraries: The Stanford University Libraries and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek announce today the establishment of a bilateral collaboration that will develop synergies and share expertise on a number of projects and programs that directly and indirectly serve scholars and students at Stanford, in Munich, and elsewhere. This collaboration arose because of the mutual […]

Grand Valley State University Library “Studies Retention Rate Correlations”

From the Grand Valley Lanthorn (Student Newspaper): The Mary Idema Pew Library has quickly become a staple of the Grand Valley State University community. [GVSU is located in Allendale, MI.] Hosting large events such as the annual Teach-In, Exam Cram activities and special exhibits, the library may also contribute to a much larger aspect of […]

Wikimedia Foundation Releases New Transparency Report


From the Wikimedia Blog: Every year, the Wikimedia Foundation receives hundreds of emails and phone calls requesting changes to Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and the other Wikimedia projects. A politician may want a friendlier article, for instance, or an entertainer may want a more flattering one. Perhaps a business wants to control what is written about […]

Plans For an Invite-Only University Press and Library Summit Announced

From ARL, CNI, and AAUP: Temple University will host the inaugural P2L (Publishers Reporting to Libraries) Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 9–10, 2016, bringing together 20–30 teams of university library and press directors to explore how they may better work together in supporting the mission of the university. The summit will delve into the […]

Journal Article: “Connecting RDA and RDF: Linked Data for a Wide World of Connected Possibilities”

The following article appears in “Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice” published by the College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association (CRD-PaLA). Title Connecting RDA and RDF: Linked Data for a Wide World of Connected Possibilities Authors Ashleigh Faith University of Pittsburgh Information School Michelle Chrzanowski Tidewater Community College Norfolk Campus Library Source Vol […]

U.S. Copyright Office Releases Provisional Information Technology Modernization Plan

Note: Below is a pre-pub version of an item that will be formally published in the Federal Register tomorrow (March 1, 2016). Title: Information Technology Upgrades for a Twenty-First Century Copyright Office 10 pages; PDF. The U.S. Copyright Office has prepared a Provisional Information Technology Modernization Plan (“IT Plan”) at the direction of Congress that […]

Reference: USC Shoah Foundation’s iWitness Portal Adds Full Text Book: “The Holocaust and Other Genocides: An Introduction”


First, some background: IWitness is an educational website [free access] developed by USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education that provides access to more than 1,500 full life histories, testimonies of survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides for guided exploration. Now, news of a new resource added to […]

Reference Resource: “The UK’s EU Referendum 2016 Explained”

A new compilation of resources from the UK House of Commons Library. From the page: The Commons Library produces briefing papers which set out the background and stages of the UK’s referendum for remaining in or leaving the European Union. [The] page highlights the analysis and comment on the in-out referendum and presents an impartial […]

NTT DATA Awarded Tender to Develop Digital Archive For Five Million Items from Spain’s National Heritage

From NTT Data: NTT DATA [recently] announced [the company has] been awarded a tender to develop a technological solution for digitally archiving some five million historical and artistic items managed by the National Heritage, a state institution responsible for conserving the legacy of the Spanish Crown. The two-year project will leverage NTT DATA’s digital archive […]