February 22, 2018

Roundup: Lenny Bruce Archive Formally Opens at Brandeis University

From WBUR: Lenny Bruce was legendary for his brilliant, satirical, obscenity-laced comedy. He was a champion of free speech, and he paid a heavy price for it. In 1962, Bruce was arrested in San Francisco for using an obscene word for a sex act in one of his stand-up routines. The judge in the case warned Bruce […]

Reference: New Data on Careers, Earnings, and Advanced Degrees in the Humanities (U.S.)

From the Humanities Indicators Project (from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences): As of 2013, 60% of employed humanities Ph.D.’s reported teaching at the postsecondary level as their principal job. In comparison, 30% of employed doctoral degree recipients in all fields combined were in postsecondary teaching. Outside the humanities, the arts were the only field […]

News Roundup

1. The Digital Transition: How the Presidential Transition Works in the Social Media Age (via WhiteHouse.gov)  ||| See Also: Nominations Sought for the U.S. Federal Government End of Term Web Archive 2. Datamining For Verse in Eighteenth-Century Newspapers – British Library Labs Project (via BL’s Digital Scholarship Blog) 3. Using New Technology to Scan a 16th […]

New Article: “Mining the Secrets of College Syllabuses”


From a Nature.com: The team behind the tool, the Open Syllabus Project (OSP), hope to nudge universities towards making more syllabuses public. They argue that doing so could aid textbook authors, instructors and course developers, and would reward the design of effective teaching materials, which is largely overlooked by conventional measures of academic effort. “Syllabuses […]

Public Libraries: Public Library Association (PLA) Publishes First Project Outcome Annual Report


From PLA (a Division of the American Library Association): The Public Library Association (PLA) has launched the first Project Outcome Annual Report. Access the 2016 Annual Report to analyze survey results, learn what patrons benefited from most, and see what Project Outcome and participating libraries did in the first year to make Project Outcome a […]

CIA Releases Controversial Bay of Pigs History, Document Available Online

From the National Security Archive: The CIA today released the long-contested Volume V of its official history of the Bay of Pigs invasion, which it had successfully concealed until now by claiming that it was a “draft” and could be withheld from the public under the FOIA’s “deliberative process” privilege. The National Security Archive fought […]

New VIDEO: New 24-Hour Study, Collaboration Space Inside UC Berkeley’s Moffitt Library is “Vision For the Future”

UPDATE November 1, 2016  Reimagined and Revitalized Moffitt Library Opens Wednesday Unlike traditional libraries, Moffitt no longer has shelves of books, which now are housed at the Main (Gardner) Stacks, a multilevel space with some 2.3 million volumes and an underground entrance accessible from both Moffitt and Doe libraries. Instead, it was designed as a […]

George Washington University’s National Churchill Library and Center Opens at Gelman Library


From GWU Library: The first research facility in the nation’s capital dedicated to the study of Winston Churchill opened last week at the National Churchill Library and Center at the George Washington University’s Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library. The opening coincides with the International Churchill Conference, presented by the International Churchill Society. University President Steven […]

Canada: “Towards a Collaborative National Research Data Management Network”

The following full text article was recently published by the International Journal of Digital Curation (IJDC). Title Towards a Collaborative National Research Data Management Network Authors Chuck Humphrey Portage Network Kathleen Shearer Canadian Association of Research Libraries Martha Whitehead Queen’s University Source International Journal of Digital Curation Vol. 11, No. 1 Abstract This paper describes […]

WIPO Develops Cutting-Edge Translation Tool For Patent Documents

From the World Intellectual Property Organization: The World Intellectual Property Organization has developed a ground-breaking new “artificial intelligence”-based translation tool for patent documents… [Clip] WIPO Translate now incorporates cutting-edge neural machine translation technology to render highly technical patent documents into a second language in a style and syntax that more closely mirrors common usage, out-performing […]