March 19, 2018

News Roundup

1. White Nationalists Place Banner on Texas State University Library (via Spectrum News Austin) 2. Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Announces Winners of 2018 Election 3. Five HeinOnline Legal and Government-Related Info Databases Now Available on EBSCOhost and EBSCO Discovery Service 4. Open Access: Usage of Knowledge Unlatched Titles Doubled Within One Quarter

New Report from Knowledge Unlatched Research: “Exploring Usage of Open Access Books via the JSTOR Platform”


The following report was released today by Knowledge Unlatched Research. The research was commissioned by UCL Press, University of Michigan Press, Cornell University Press, and the University of California Press. From the Publication Announcement: This report is the outcome of research commissioned and funded by four presses. It engages with usage data made available by JSTOR relating […]

Conference Paper: “Something is Lost, Something is Found: Book Use at the Library Shelves”

The following paper was presented earlier this year at the Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR 2017), Oslo, Norway,  March 7-11, 2017. Title Something is Lost, Something is Found: Book Use at the Library Shelves Authors George Buchanan University of Melbourne Dana McKay Swinburne University of Technology Library Source Swinburne Research Bank Swinburne, Australia […]

Reference: University of St. Thomas/Holloran Center Launches New Database on Law School Learning Outcomes (U.S. Law Schools)

From the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis, MN): The Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions at the University of St. Thomas law school in Minneapolis, MN, has launched a new, searchable, web-based clearinghouse of information regarding law school learning outcomes. The Learning Outcomes Database includes all learning outcomes that have been published and posted on law school websites throughout the […]

Orchid Labs is Developing a Blockchain-Based Internet Protocol to Defeat Censorship and Surveillance


From Axios: Orchid Labs says that it has developed blockchain-based protocol that lets users access the internet free of censorship, restrictions, and surveillance. [Clip] The main idea is to incentivize people with unused internet bandwidth to share it with other users (presumably in places with restrictions), in exchange for payment via Orchid’s Ethereum-based tokens. The company […]

Massachusetts: “Swastika Found in Reading Public Library”

From The Boston Globe: Reading Public Library staff found a swastika drawn on furniture in the library Thursday, and police and town officials have classified the incident as part of an “ongoing and concerning problem” in the town, the library said. Upon seeing the Nazi symbol, library personnel immediately contacted the Reading Police Department, the […]

New Online: Western University Launches Virtual Exhibition Featuring Items From Labatt Brewing Company Archive


From Western University in London, Ontario: One of the world’s most significant corporate archival collections has now become among the most accessible and dynamic, with digitization that offers new public glimpses into 170 years of history in Canada. The virtual exhibit, accessible on the Western Libraries website, highlighting the Labatt Brewing Company Collection offers researchers […]

Canada: Saskatchewan: Regina: “Demand for Library Services is Growing, But Funding Limiting Capacity”

From the Regina Leader-Post: As Biblio Files: A History of the Regina Public Library —the first book of its kind — hits shelves this weekend, library lovers are reflecting on the challenges and the successes the RPL has had over the last 100 years. One of those more recent challenges being the $4.8 million cut […]

Research Article: “Trust Versus Perceived Quality in Scholarly Publishing: A Personality-Attitude Intention Approach” (Preprint)

The following preprint has been made available by College & Research Libraries. Title Trust Versus Perceived Quality in Scholarly Publishing: A Personality-Attitude Intention Approach (Preprint) Authors Lars Moksness The Arctic University of Norway Svein Ottar Olsen The Arctic University of Norway Source College & Research Libraries (C&RL) Abstract Digital academic journals serve as the main […]

Massachusetts: Amazon Will Stop Providing Textbooks to UMass at End of 2018

From Amazon will stop providing the University of Massachusetts campus with textbooks at the end of December 2018, exercising an opt-out clause in its contract with the university. In 2015, Amazon and UMass signed a five-year contract that replaced the Follett Corp. textbook operation, although that company continued to run the store in the Campus Center. The […]