March 20, 2018

ACRL Board of Directors Approves New Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy

From the ACRL Insider: Tne ACRL Board of Directors has approved new Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy. Developed by a joint ACRL/ RBMS and Society of American Archivists (SAA) task force, the new guidelines articulate the range of knowledge, skills, and abilities required to effectively use primary sources and are applicable in multiple primary source […]

Oregon: Governor Kate Brown Fires State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen

From The Oregonian/OregonLive: [Gov.] Kate Brown ousted the state librarian Tuesday in a move that surprised and angered many librarians and library supporters around Oregon. The governor decided that State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen “fell short of clear and timely expectations from legislators,” spokeswoman Kate Kondayen said. Brown gave Dahlgreen the option to transition out of her position, […]

HathiTrust Research Center User Requirements Study White Paper 

The following paper was released on March 6, 2018. Title HathiTrust Research Center User Requirements Study White Paper  Authors Eleanor Dickson, Harriett Green, Leanne Nay, Angela Courtney, Robert McDonald Source via IDEALS (U. of Illinois) via  IUScholarWorks (U. of Indiana) Abstract This paper presents findings from an investigation into trends and practices in humanities and […]

Studs Terkel Radio Archive Containing 5,600 Shows/Interviews Goes Live Online on May 16th; Several Hundred Interviews Available to Stream Today


From Broadway World Chicago: The Studs Terkel Radio Archive, one of the world’s great spoken-word collections, consisting of more than 5,600 programs in various genres created at Terkel’s hometown fine arts radio station WFMT in Chicago between 1952 and 1997, will become available to the general public on what would have been Terkel’s 106th birthday, May 16, 2018. [Some […]

Rutgers University Libraries Releases Digitized Collection of 1,250 Roman Coins


From Rutgers University: The Rutgers University Libraries have digitized an invaluable of 1,250 coins from the ancient Roman Republic, some dating to the beginning of coinage – and just time for the Ides of March. The digitization of ancient coins is not some retro version of Bitcoin. Through a collaboration of classical scholarship and super high-resolution photography, the […]

Reference: 2018 County Health Rankings Released Today by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and U. of Wisconsin Population Health Institute


From an Introductory Blog Post: For nearly a decade, our annual County Health Rankings [from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute]  have shown that where we live makes a difference in how well and how long we live. This year, our analyses find that meaningful health gaps persist not only […]

News Roundup

A Wikipedia editor typed up 25,000 historical US city populations from the census, 4x what historians have had to work with. Here’s a narrative visualization of the dataset. — Benjamin Schmidt (@benmschmidt) March 12, 2018 2. Faculty Response to Deselection in Academic Libraries: A Psycholinguistic Analysis (via SJSU Scholar Works) 4. Privacy & Security: […]

New CNI Podcast: Herbert Van De Sompel on the Decentralized Web

The following interview with Herbert Van De Sompel was recorded at the CNI Fall Meeting in Washington, DC during December 2017. From EDUCAUSE (via SoundCloud) Herbert Van de Sompel is a research scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. During the 1-year sabbatical that he spent at DANS in The Netherlands, Herbert familiarized himself with […]

Remembering Professor Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

From the University of Cambridge University of Cambridge Obituary and Tribute Institute of Physics (IOP) IOP Blog Post Physics World News Item and Obit American Institute of Physics (AIP) Remembering Stephen Hawking Emilio Segrè Visual Archives More Hawking Related Items From the BBC Stephen Hawking: Most Memorable Quotes Stephen Hawking: His Life in Pictures Stephen […]

Forum Statement: “Text Data Mining from the Author’s Perspective: Whose Text, Whose Mining, and to Whose Benefit?”

The Data Mining with Limited Access Text: National Forum is scheduled to take place in Chicago on April 5-6, 2018. Title Forum Statement: Text Data Mining from the Author’s Perspective: Whose Text, Whose Mining, and to Whose Benefit? Author Christine L. Borgman University of California, Los Angeles Source via arXiv Abstract Given the many technical, social, […]