March 21, 2018

New York Public Library Publishes First Issue of “Library Zine”


According to NYPL, “Library Zine: Voices From Across The New York Public Library” is a, “creative writing magazine containing original writing and visual art submitted by library patrons and staff of all ages.” Direct to Issue 1 (Summer 2017) Direct to Issue 1 (Summer 2017)

Reference: Harvey Marks the Most Extreme Rain Event in U.S. History

From The Washington Post/Capital Weather Gang: The rain from Harvey is in a class of its own. The storm has unloaded over 50 inches of rain east of Houston, the greatest amount ever recorded in the Lower 48 states from a single storm. And it’s still raining. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas state climatologist, said a rain gauge near […]

Free Law Project Executive Director Files Declaration in Class Action Lawsuit Re: PACER Fees

The declaration in the National Veterans Legal Services Program v. United States case was filed today by Thomas Lee and Michael Lissner and discusses the fee structure of the PACER service. Lissner is the Executive Director and Lead Developer at the Free Law Project. Free Law provides several resources including the wonderful Court Listener database. Lee and Lissner […]

Illinois: “West Chicago Library Votes to Keep LGBT Book” (This Day in June)

From The Windy City Times: The West Chicago Public Library Board of Trustees voted 6-1 Aug. 28 to retain the children’s book This Day in June—both in the library and in its current location—after some patrons asked that the book be removed. Numerous community members attended the meeting, a video of which was posted to […]

News Roundup

1. Simon & Schuster to Offer Assistance for Texas Libraries and Booksellers Impacted by Hurricane Harvey 2. Annotations: Adds a New Feature: Publisher Groups 3. Research Tools: Sqoop Adds Material From U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to Database/Alert Service 3. American Geophysical Union Coalition Receives Grant To Advance Open And Fair Data Standards In The Earth […]

Center for Open Science Launches a Preprint Service For Library and Information Science Research


Say hello to LISSA and five more new preprint services. From the Center for Open Science: This week, six communities launched preprint services to accelerate dissemination of research. INA-Rxiv, the preprint server of Indonesia; LISSA, an open scholarly platform for library and information science;  MindRxiv, a service for research on mind and contemplative practices; NutriXiv, a preprint […]

Archiving and Preserving Social Media: Report About “Documenting the Now” Project Airs on Australian Radio

From the Australian Broadcasting Company: Documenting the Now is a joint initiative between three institutions: Washington University, where Mr [Ed] Summers works as a researcher, the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Maryland. Mr Summers admits it’s a “work in progress”, as archivists and activists struggle with the complexity of big data. One […]

Library of Congress: Alexander Hamilton Papers Now Available Online in their Original Format


From the Library of Congress: The Library of Congress has put the papers of Alexander Hamilton online for the first time in their original format. The Library holds the world’s largest collection of Hamilton papers—approximately 12,000 items concentrated from 1777 until Hamilton’s death in 1804, including letters, legal papers and drafts of speeches and writings, […]

Metadata: Changes at ISNI


Full Text of Announcement From ISNI: The ISNI International Agency Ltd (ISNI-IA) today announces changes to its infrastructure focused on providing open identifiers for organizations working in the field of scholarly communications. The will enable organizations to change and correct their own records and allow the research community to identify author affiliations persistently and authoritatively, […]

PubMed Central Continues to Expand as a Repository for Federally and Privately-Funded Research

From the NLM Technical Bulletin and PMC-Announce: Since March 2016, the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system has added support for researchers from the following federal agencies to deposit in PubMed Central (PMC) any manuscripts that fall under the agency’s public access policy: Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR/HHS; intramural only at this time) Environmental […]