March 22, 2018

Inaugural Meeting and Planning Workshop for Open Access for Libya Concludes

From UNESCO: Inaugural Meeting and Planning Workshop for Open Access for Libya was held at Hotel Regency palace from 17 to 19 May 2016 in [Amman, Jordan]. The event, which was implemented within the framework of “National ICT project for capacity building in Higher Education of Libya”, was attended by 23 high level government officials […]

Scholarly Publishing: University of Cincinnati Plans to Launch New Academic Press, Supported by UC Libraries

From U. of Cincinnati: The University of Cincinnati announced [yesterday] the formation of a new academic press. With a dual publishing focus on social justice and community engagement, the mission of the University of Cincinnati Press is to cultivate and disseminate scholarly works of the highest quality for the enhancement of the global community. [Clip] […]

New Data/Report: The Condition of Education 2016 (U.S.)

Published by the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Education. The indicators presented in The Condition of Education 2016 provides an update on the state of education in America and includes findings on the demographics of American schools, U.S. resources for schooling, and outcomes associated with education. Report findings include: • Ninety-one percent […]

Reference: “Atlas of African Health Statistics 2016 – Health Situation Analysis of the African Region” Published Online by WHO


From the World Health Organization: With over 890 million inhabitants in 47 countries, the African Region accounts for about 12 per cent of the world’s population. This statistical atlas provides the health status and trends in the countries of the African Region, the various components of their health systems, coverage and access levels for specific […]

Higher Education: New Media Consortium & Open Universities Australia Release 2016 NMC Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education (Horizon Project Regional Report)


From NMC: The New Media Consortium (NMC) and Open Universities Australia (OUA) are releasing the 2016 NMC Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education in Australia at a dedicated series of meetings and public conversations. The fifth edition of this Australia-focused regional report describes findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to […]

New Report: “Web Archiving at National Libraries Findings of Stakeholders’ Consultation by the Internet Archive”


The report, Web Archiving at National Libraries Findings of Stakeholders’ Consultation by the Internet Archive was recently published and made available online. A summary blog post by the author of the report, Helen Hockx-Yu (Director of Global Web Services, Internet Archive, is also available. From the Summary: The main findings of the consultation are summarized […]

Special Libraries Association Hires Amy Lestition Burke as New Executive Director


From the Special Libraries Association: Amy Lestition Burke, MA, CAE, a 15-year veteran of association and nonprofit management and a thought leader in the areas of membership engagement, recruitment, and retention, is taking the reins as executive director of the Special Libraries Association, effective immediately. Burke was recommended for the position by an executive director […]

Reference: Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation Launches Open Data Portal

From PennDot: The portal,, leverages a GIS platform used in several states and helps local government, planning and business partners as well as the public. The data, grouped by roadways, bridges, rail, facilities, boundaries and projects, can be used for mapping, sharing, charting and more. [Clip] The majority of the available data is updated […]

Pew Research Releases New Data on News Use Across Social Media Platforms (U.S.)

From Pew Research: A majority of U.S. adults – 62% – get news on social media, and 18% do so often, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center, conducted in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In 2012, based on a slightly different question, 49% of U.S. adults reported […]

Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon Named One of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business

Brian Bannon (Image via Chicago Public Library)

It’s rare that you see a library library leader make a national list of creative business people. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a trend. Congrats and Well Done Brian! From the Chicago Public Library: Fast Company announced its annual ranking of the 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2016, honoring an influential […]