May 21, 2018

New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) Releases Interactive Resource with Statewide Drinking Water Data


From New York Public Interest Research Group: Today, NYPIRG released a comprehensive online water portfolio project, What’s In My Water?, to give all New Yorkers an interactive, easy to navigate resource about the state of their drinking water. The online tool includes information on the presence of contaminants found through state and federal laboratory testing, […]

Music: NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Acquires Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins’ Personal Archive

From The New York Public Library: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library today announced the acquisition of American tenor saxophonist and jazz legend Sonny Rollins’ personal archive. The robust collection includes more than 150  linear feet of material that document Rollins’ life and career from the 1950s […]

Video: Vint Cerf, Internet Founding Father & Google VP, on the Preservation of Digital Art

Vint Cerf, Internet Founding Father and Google VP/Chief Internet Evangelist, on the preservation of digital art. More in this Google Blog post.

News Roundup

1. MIT Press Classics Available Soon at (via Internet Archive Blog) or via MIT Press 2. Introduction to the Principles of Linked Open Data (via Programming Historian) 3. FEC Introduces Retooled, Streamlined, User-centered Website 4. State Library of Maine and Maine’s Dept. of Education Will Hold Virtual Reality Expo (via

Reference Resource: State Firearm Law Database

From Boston University School of Public Health: The State Firearm Laws project aims to provide researchers with the data necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of various firearm laws. By carefully monitoring how gun legislation impacts firearm-related violence, we can provide policymakers with the evidence they need to make gun ownership safer for everyone. Our team […]

Listen Online From Oxford U. Press: “Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: An Audio Guide”

From the OUP Blog: 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. In honor of Austen, listen to Fiona Stafford of Somerville College, Oxford, as she introduces and discusses Pride and Prejudice. Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view […]

National Library of Norway to Digitize Material From Nigeria’s National Library

From Agence France Press (via Business Day): The National Library of Norway said on Monday it would digitise literature from Nigeria following a seemingly unprecedented agreement which organisers hope will lead to an “African digital library”. In the northern Norwegian town of Mo i Rana, at the rim of the Arctic Circle, the National Library […]

New Report: “How Public Libraries Contribute to the STEM Agenda”


From IFLA:= In March 2017, more than 100 leaders from public libraries across Australia, Asia, Eastern and Western Europe and the Americas, gathered at the State Library of New South Wales (NSW) for STEAM into Sydney the Public Libraries Standing Committee’s mid-term meeting. STEAM  celebrated the innovative ways that public libraries are supporting the science, technology, engineering, arts […]

Reference: Fast Facts: The Most Expensive Zip Codes for Renters in 2017 – Mapped

From RentCafe: To create this map, we collected apartment rent averages for every state and every zip code in 125 major U.S. markets from Yardi Matrix. Hover over the map to see the average rent in your state. Zoom in and click to find how much the average rent is in your zip code. Explore […]

WASAPI (Web Archiving Systems APIs) Interim Report (Year One)


The WASAPI (Web Archiving Systems APIs) is the working name of a IMLS funded Interoperability and Collaborative Development for Web Archiving initiative. The grant itself (National Library Leadership Grant, 2015) was for $353,221.00 (two-years). From IMLS: The Internet Archive, working with partner organizations, University of North Texas, Rutgers University, and Stanford University Library will undertake a […]