February 22, 2018

News Roundup

1. Coursera For Business Launches 2. France: Open Access Law Adopted (via OpenAire) 3. Dropbox Made You Change Your Password Because 68 Million Accounts Were Hacked (via PC World) ||| Official Dropbox Announcement

Cooper Hewitt Design Museum: 18-Month Mass Digitization Effort Complete, More than 200,000 Objects Now Accessible Online

From the Smithsonian: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announced today the completion of a comprehensive year-and-a-half project to digitize its collection, with more than 200,000 objects now accessible online via collection.cooperhewitt.org. [Clip] In collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office, the mass digitization project transformed a physical object (2-D or 3-D) from the shelf to […]

New Digital Resources: The Diaries of George S. Patton From 1910-1945 Digitized and Now Available Online

The digital collection linked to below was recently made available online via the Library of Congress. From the Library of Congress: The diaries of U.S. army officer George S. Patton (1885-1945) are part of a larger collection of Patton papers available for research use onsite in the Manuscript Reading Room of the Library of Congress. […]

National Endowment for the Arts Releases New Data on Participation in the Arts at National, State, and Regional Levels

From the National Endowment for the Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts is releasing [our emphasis] new research that for the first time offers a complete state-by-state perspective on how Americans participate in the arts. In addition, the data reveal that despite decades of declining arts attendance by U.S. adults in the performing and […]

University of New Hampshire Librarian Leaves $4 Million to School

From the University of New Hampshire: For nearly 50 years, Robert Morin ’61 worked as a cataloguer in Dimond Library. He was known to live simply, and few suspected he had quietly amassed a $4 million estate. When he died just over a year ago, he gifted his estate to UNH. “Bob’s demonstrated commitment to […]

Nominations Sought: Library of Congress, Internet Archive and Others Collaborate on End of Term Web Harvest of U.S. Government Web Resources

1. From a Library of Congress/The Signal Blog Post by Abbie Grotke: For the End of Term 2016 archive, the Library of Congress, California Digital Library, University of North Texas Libraries, Internet Archive, George Washington University Libraries, Stanford University Libraries and the U.S. Government Publishing Office have joined together for a collaborative project to preserve […]

New Report: “Survey of Journalists’ Views on ‘Release to One, Release to All’ Under Federal Freedom of Information Act”


The survey findings were released today by the Reporters Committee For the Freedom of the Press (RCFP). Intro From RCFP Announcement: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is publishing the results of its survey of journalists on the “release to one, release to all” policy under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). […]

Google’s Patent Search Tool Adds Data From 11 More Nations

From the Google Public Policy Blog: Today, we’re announcing the addition of 11 more countries to Google Patents with over 41 million new patent publications, bringing the total to over 87 million publications from 17 patent offices around the world. Starting today, you can now search for patents and applications from Japan, South Korea, the […]

Listen Online: A Report on Harvard Law School Library’s Caselaw Access Project Airs on Public Radio

From Bruce Gellerman’s WBUR Radio Report: Not too long ago, a statement like this spoken in the hushed, hallowed hallways of the Harvard Law School library would have been considered heresy: “I think for court decisions, law books are becoming obsolete and even to some some degree a hindrance.” That’s Adam Ziegler, and he’s no […]

Special Collections: “State Library Of Queensland Acquires Australia’s Biggest Bee Gees Collection”

From the Sydney Morning News: It takes a lot to prise possessions from an avid collector’s grasp, but luckily for the State Library of Queensland, Laurel Dingle can be quite persuasive. That power of persuasion has seen the SLQ acquire what was thought to be Australia’s largest collection of Bee Gees memorabilia from Melbourne collector […]