March 24, 2018

New Research Article: “On the Relationships Between Bibliographic Characteristics of Scientific Documents and Citation and Mendeley Readership Counts: A Large-Scale Analysis of Web of Science Publications” (Preprint)

The following article (preprint) was recently posted on arXiv. It has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Informetrics. Title On the Relationships Between Bibliographic Characteristics of Scientific Documents and Citation and Mendeley Readership Counts: A Large-Scale Analysis of Web of Science Publications Authors Zohreh Zahedi Leiden University Stefanie Haustein Université de Montréal Source […]

Reference: Fast Facts: U.S. Census Releases Projections of U.S. and World Populations on January 1, 2018

From the United States Census: As our nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau projects the U.S. population will be 326,971,407 on Jan. 1, 2018. This represents an increase of 2,314,238, or 0.71 percent, from New Year’s Day 2017. Since Census Day (April 1) 2010, the population has grown by 18,225,587, […]

DC Public Library Releases 2017 Most Borrowed, Downloaded, Streamed Items (By Type and Format, 12 Lists Overall)


From the DC (District of Columbia) Public Library: From Ta-Nehisi Coates to Ke$ha, Washingtonians had diverse reading and music interests this year. Of the more than 4 million items borrowed or downloaded from the DC Public Library, these are the most popular titles by type and format. Top 10 Fiction Books “The Girls” by Emma Cline “The […]

Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive New Home for Decades of Award-Winning TV Commercials, Dozens Now Streamable Online

From Indiana University: Thanks to the recent acquisition of a complete and well-documented archive, the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive is the new home for tens of thousands of television commercials competing for the former Clio Awards in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. To date, the university has digitized about 100 of the commercials and offers […]

News Roundup (December 28, 2017)

1. Public Libraries: The Director of Virginia’s Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library System “Discusses System’s Future” (via 2. The Story Behind China’s Online Literature Boom (via Global Voices) 3. Year-in-Review: 2017 at the BBC News Labs 4. Greece: Acropolis Museum Digital Project Gets Go-Ahead (via Kathimerini English Edition)

Reference: NCEI Releases Five New Climate Trend Maps For Contiguous U.S.


From NOAA’s Web Site: Our climate is changing. To help our users see how different times and places are warming at different rates, National Centers for Environmental Information has created a new series of trend maps for the contiguous U.S. Read the Complete Post (View Five Maps and Graph) See Also: View Temperature Trends […]

Finnish National Bibliography Released as Open Data Using CC0 License

From the National Library of Finland: The Fennica National Bibliography is a database of Finnish publications maintained by the National Library of Finland. Fennica has been published as open data using the CC0 license, which allows free use for any purpose, for example in applications and data visualizations. The Finnish national bibliography contains metadata about: […]

Research Libraries: University of Waterloo’s Rare Book Collection Includes Centuries-Old Treasures

The University of Waterloo Library in Waterloo, Ontario is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). From Jessica Blackwell looks at a book about Euclidian geometry that was printed in 1570. It features pop-ups that give the Greek mathematician’s ideas three dimensional shapes, and she gushes like an adoring fan. “This one […]

Digital Collections: Historical Scientific Instruments are Organized into Digital Catalogue by University of Toronto Researchers


From The Star: Historical scientific instruments and artifacts stored at the University of Toronto are coming to light in an ever-growing digital catalogue that includes objects such as an EEG machine. The catalogue is composed of “important pieces of evidence” in the history of science, curator Erich Weidenhammer said. There are around 800 to 1,000 objects in […]

Pineapple Fund Gifts $1 Million in Bitcoin to the Internet Archive

From Internet Archive Blogs: This year, Christmas came early to the Internet Archive. On Saturday, the generous philanthropist behind the Pineapple Fund gave $1 million dollars in Bitcoin to the Internet Archive. This anonymous crypto-philanthropist explains, “I saw the promise of decentralized money and decided to mine/buy/trade some magical internet tokens. …Donating most of it to charity is […]