February 17, 2020

Gary Price

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

“Hundreds of Hot Spots ‘Missing, Lost’ From Houston Public Library System”

From KPRC-Houston: The library was hoping to keep expanding the program, but when Channel 2 Investigates checked in on the effort, we discovered hundreds of these devices have vanished. The Library system also has trouble collecting fees from those who don’t return the devices or return the devices late. Providing access to technology is one […]

Not Real News: A Look at What Didn’t Happen This Week (A Weekly Fact Check from the Associated Press)

From the AP: A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Direct to Full Text Roundup Article See Also: Previous “Not Real News” Roundups February 7, 2020 […]

Report: “Google Redraws the Borders on Maps Depending on Who’s Looking”

From The Washington Post: Google’s corporate mission is “to organize the world’s information,” but it also bends it to its will. From Argentina to the United Kingdom to Iran, the world’s borders look different depending on where you’re viewing them from. That’s because Google — and other online mapmakers — simply change them. And while maps […]

Video: The Author of “Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe” Speaks at the National Archives

The C-SPAN Video Library provides access (including a searchable text transcript) to a recent talk by Kathy Peiss, author of the new book, “Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe.” The talk was recorded at the National Archives in Washington, DC.  on January 23, 2020. Direct to Video […]

Report: “Popular Preprint Servers Face Closure Because of Money Troubles”

From Nature.com: The rise of preprint repositories has helped scientists worldwide to share results and get feedback quickly. But several platforms that serve researchers in emerging economies are struggling to raise money to stay afloat. One, which hosts research from Indonesia, has decided to close because of this funding shortfall. INA-Rxiv, which was set up […]

Statement: ALA Responds to Financial Situation

Note: Background re: ALA Midwinter Meeting/Financial Situation ALA Board Document: “ALA Financial Planning: 2020 and Beyond” (via ALA Connect) 16 pages; PDF. American Library Association’s $2 Million Shortfall Prompts Demands for Transparency, Reform (by Meredith Schwartz, Library Journal) Here’s the Full Text of a Just Released American Library Association Statement: American Library Association (ALA) President […]

News From Around the Library World (February 14, 2020)

ALA Posts New Library Privacy Guidelines For Vendors and Assistive Technology ||| Direct to All Library Privacy Guidelines Allen Press and Silverchair Launch Meridian, Expanding Digital Publishing Technology for Society Publishers A Year in the Life of a Date Steward (via Open Working) Introducing the New UCLA Digital Library Website Listen to a New  Radio […]

Ed Pentz, Executive Director, Crossref, is Leaving the Organization

From a Crossref Blog Post by Ed Pentz: In my blog post on January 14th about Crossref’s 20th anniversary I said, “The one constant in Crossref’s 20 years has been change”. It’s true that there has been constant change, but there has been another constant at Crossref –– me (and DOIs, to be fair). I started as […]

The New York Public Library Continues to Celebrate Its 125th Anniversary with Valentine’s Day Release of 125 Books We Love and #LoveReading Campaign

From NYPL: The New York Public Library is celebrating Valentine’s Day—and its 125th anniversary—with the release of 125 Books We Love, a list of titles for adults from the last 125 years chosen by the institution’s expert librarians. The titles on the list—available at nypl.org/125 and as a printed old-fashioned check-out card in the system’s 92 locations in […]

Hungarian Consortium EISZ Will Not Renew Contract with Taylor & Francis

NOTE: An official English-language of the statement below is not available on the EISZ web site at this time. We are using mechanical translation from Google Translate. From EISV (via Google Translate) ||| Original Version The Hungarian consortium compiled by the EISZ National Program will not renew the contract with Taylor & Francis in 2020. […]