December 9, 2018

Introducing an Experimental Format for Learning About Content Mining for Digital Scholarship

From the British Library Digital Scholarship Blog: This post by the British Library’s Digital Curator for Western Heritage Collections, Dr Mia Ridge, reports on an experimental format designed to provide more flexible and timely training on fast-moving topics like text and data mining. This post covers two topics – firstly, an update to the established […]

LA Times: “In University of California Battle With the World’s Largest Scientific Publisher, the Future Of Information is at Stake”

From The Los Angeles Times: Boiled down to dollars and cents, the battle between the University of California, the nation’s premier producer of academic research, and Reed Elsevier, the world’s leading publisher of academic journals, can seem almost trivial. UC is paying almost $11 million this year for subscriptions to some 1,500 Elsevier journals. That’s not much […]

This is the Library of Alexandria 2.0 (A Visit to The Internet Archive, Interview with Brewster Kahle)

From The Internet Archive’s mission is universal access to all knowledge. Signal’s Dasha Burns takes a look inside the old church where the non-profit is digitizing things like old records and reels of film and even archiving the internet itself. Fast Fact: Did You Know Any User Can Instantly Archive Any Web Page, PDF, […]

Funding: Library of Congress Announces Grant for Research Using World’s Largest Geography and Map Collection

From the Library of Congress: The John W. Kluge Center and the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society at the Library of Congress invite qualified scholars to apply for a grant to conduct research for two months at the Kluge Center using the Geography and Map Division’s collections and resources. The Philip Lee Phillips Society Fellowship will award $11,500 to selected scholars […]

New ITU Statistics Show More Than Half the World is Now Using the Internet


From the ITU (International Telecommunications Union): ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), estimates that at the end of 2018, 51.2 per cent of the global population, or 3.9 billion people, will be using the Internet. “ITU’s global and regional estimates for 2018 are a p​ointer to the great strides […]

New $10 Million, 65,000 Sq. Ft Philadelphia City Archives Opens


From Hidden City Philadelphia: Today the Philadelphia City Archives celebrated the opening of their new 65,000-square-foot research center at 548 Spring Garden Street. The vast, indispensable collection of historical, cultural, and administrative municipal records joins Yards Brewery and the recently opened Northern Liberties Target store inside the former Destination Maternity warehouse complex. The new, state-of-the-art facility features a modern repository, a public […]

New Video: “Machine Learning Meets Library Archives” (LYRASIS Catalyst Funded Project From the University of Utah)

The following video was recorded at the LYRASIS 3rd Annual Member Summit held at the Nashville Public Library on October 24, 2018. Description In this video, meet Harish Maringanti, Associate Dean of IT & Digital Library and Dhanushka Samarakoon, Assistant Head of Software Development. Both are the project managers for the University of Utah’s Catalyst Funded […]

University of Illinois, French Partners Digitizing Marcel Proust’s Letters


From the University of Illinois: Thousands of letters written by Marcel Proust (1871-1922) will be available to scholars, Proust fans and the public on a website created by University of Illinois researchers and their partners in France to digitize Proust’s correspondence. The first phase of the Corr-Proust website – Marcel Proust’s World War I letters […]

New Data from the Association of American Publishers (AAP): Publisher Revenue for eBooks Increased in October


From the Association of American Publishers (AAP):  October 2018 marked the second time in two years that publishers saw modest revenue growth in eBooks (+4.4%), with increases for the format across all trade book categories. Aside from downloaded audio, eBooks had the largest percent of revenue growth for the month, compared to October 2017. Trade eBook […]

Senate Committee Unanimously Passes the Museum and Library Services Act, Which Trump Opposes. Who Will Win Out?

From The previous reauthorization of the Museum and Library Service Act came in 2010, signed by President Obama. But President Trump wants to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services agency, and its $231 million budget, entirely. A Senate committee voted unanimously last week to not only preserve the agency, but increase its budget […]