February 19, 2019

New Digital Reggae Film Archive to be Established at the National Library of Jamaica

From the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Jamaica: The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that the Reggae Films In The Park event launched preparations to establish the new digital Reggae Film Archive at the National Library of Jamaica as “a big step towards preserving Jamaica’s cultural […]

National Archives (NARA) Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Obama Foundation re: Digitization of Obama Presidential Records

From a Blog Post by David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States: This week, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Barack Obama Foundation agreed on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the plan to digitize all of the unclassified textual Presidential records of the Obama administration. The Foundation will select the vendor, with NARA […]

National Diet Library (National Library of Japan) Begins Providing Access to Selected English Language Articles From the Library’s Research and Legislative Reference Bureau

From the National Diet Library: The Research and Legislative Reference Bureau (RLRB) of the National Diet Library publishes research papers on national policy issues in Japan. We are pleased to announce that selected articles from the RLRB’s publications are now available in English on our website. Publications in English The RLRB prepares research papers on […]

Weather on Mars: A Daily Weather Report From NASA’s InSight Lander

From the Jet Propulsion Laboratory: No matter how cold your winter has been, it’s probably not as chilly as Mars. Check for yourself: Starting today, the public can get a daily weather report from NASA’s InSight lander. This public tool includes stats on temperature, wind and air pressure recorded by InSight. Sunday’s weather was typical […]

Report: “India’s Chief Science Adviser: Cost of Academic Publishing is ‘Untenable'”

From Science Business: India’s annual multi-million-euro outlay on scientific publishing is a bad deal for the country, says Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan, principal scientific adviser to the government. “We have to take a clear position – the current situation is untenable and costly,” VijayRaghavan told Science|Business. VijayRaghavan was speaking after he tweeted that India would be signing […]

New York Times Access Now Available for Free From All California Public Libraries (NYT/State Library of California Partnership)

From The NY Times: California’s 23 million library card holders in the state may access NYTimes.com by visiting nytimes.com/register on a library computer, or on their own device while connected to the library’s Wi-Fi. Library card holders can access nytimes.com from anywhere through their library’s website.” Residents without a library card may visit their local branch to […]

National Library of Medicine and Wellcome Complete Partnership to Provide Free Access to Hundreds of Years of Medical Research, Over 650,000 Digitized Pages, Tens of Thousands of Individual Articles Available

From the National Library of Medicine: The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Wellcome have completed their partnership to make thousands of full back issues of historically-significant biomedical journals freely available through the National Institutes of Health life sciences repository PubMed Central (PMC), and through its European counterpart, Europe PMC. [Our emphasis] The NLM and Wellcome are pleased to […]

Benetech Adds More State Library Partners to Bring Bookshare to Patrons with Reading Barriers

From Benetech: Libraries in Alabama, Massachusetts, and Florida join five other state libraries to offer Bookshare’s 690,000 accessible ebooks to expand reading opportunities. In December, 2015, New York Public Library expanded its services to offer Bookshare’s library of accessible ebooks to patrons who cannot read printed books due to a disability such as dyslexia, blindness, […]

Knight Foundation Focuses on Building The Future of Local News in $300 Million, Five-Year Commitment

From The Knight Foundation (Full Text): The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced that it would double its investment in strengthening journalism to $300 million over five years, with a focus on building the future of local news and information, which are essential for democracy to function. Knight called on individual and […]

Report: Library of Congress Music Division FY 2018 Highlights

The Music OCLC Users Group Annual Meeting and the Music Library Association Annual Meeting take place this week in St. Louis. The Music Division of the Library of Congress has prepared a review (14 pages; PDF) of FY 2018 of division highlights. The document is organized into the following sections: Collection Development Bibliographic Access User […]