August 15, 2018

New Resource: Google Publishes its Political Ad Database, Detailing Spending in U.S. Federal Elections

From Venture Beat: Google today published its political ad database, joining Facebook and Twitter in offering more disclosure around online ad spending after all three were prompted to do so by federal lawmakers. The library only contains ads dealing with federal elections — so you won’t find any ads purchased by your local mayor. The database contains any political […]

University of Maryland Libraries: Historic Community Radio Broadcasts Now Available in UMD Digital Collections


From UMD Libraries: Six hundred  historic community radio broadcasts are now available for streaming, thanks to the digitization efforts of the University of Maryland Libraries and a grant established to preserve at-risk recordings. Spanning the years 1965-1986 and from stations mainly in the United States and Canada, the broadcasts showcase a diverse range of cultural and […]

Research Article: “Can Microsoft Academic Help to Assess the Citation Impact of Academic Books?” (Preprint)

The following research article (preprint) was recently shared on arXiv. Title Can Microsoft Academic Help to Assess the Citation Impact of Academic Books? Authors Kayvan Kousha University of Wolverhampton Mike Thelwall University of Wolverhampton Source via arXiv In Press (2018): Journal of Informatics Abstract Despite recent evidence that Microsoft Academic is an extensive source of […]

Business Research Tools: Inc. 5000 2018 Released (Fastest-Growing Private Companies in U.S.)

Inc. 5000 2018 Resources: Fastest-Growing Private Companies in U.S. About the List Companies on the 2018 Inc. 500 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2014 to 2017. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2014. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent–not subsidiaries or divisions of […]

Listen Online (Radio Program): The Modern Role Of Libraries are Discussed on KCUR’s “Up to Date”

From KCUR (Kansas City): How Does a Millennium-Old Institution Stay Relevant? In a conversation broadcast live from Johnson County Library’s newest branch, we ask local leaders in the industry what separates public libraries from online bookmongers like Amazon and digital forums like Facebook or Twitter. Despite the ease with which people can download and order books, […]

Conference Paper: “Preserving newspaper at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa Library”

The following paper will be presented at the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations ) WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the end of August. Title Preserving Newspaper at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa Library Authors Kazuko Hioki University of Hawai’i Mānoa Source Abstract In Hawaii, the first newspaper was published in 1834. Until 2000, […]

Library and Archives Canada Announces Completion of Canadian Expeditionary Force Digitization Project, Approximately 30 Million Pages Digitized


From Library and Archives Canada: Before the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) document scanning could begin, over 260 kilograms of brass fasteners had to be carefully removed from the files. Then another team prepared the documents for scanning based on size and condition. This was followed by the actual digital imaging using various types of scanners. The CEF project […]

Updated Data on Funding for the Humanities in the U.S. Released by Humanities Indicators


From Humanities Indicators (an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Project)2018-08-15_09-27-45: As congress struggles to complete appropriations for the 2019 fiscal year, the Humanities Indicators project reports on broad trends in funding for the humanities—both at key federal agencies and in private giving. The key findings include: Among federal programs that focus exclusively on humanities […]

VIDEO: “75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking” (Special Event Recorded at the Library of Congress)

The following presentation was recorded at the Library of Congress on March 29, 2018 and made available online in the past few days. The Library of Congress celebrated the 1,000th issue of seminal DC comic book series, “Action Comics” and commemorated 80 years of Superman with an interview featuring personnel of DC Comics. For mer […]

News Roundup (August 15, 2018)

1. UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Receives Preservation Design Award (via UCLA News) 2. The MLA Partners with Ithaka S+R on Humanities Research Study (via MLA Commons) 3. Unpublished Egyptian Texts Reveal New Insights Into Ancient Medicine (via ScienceNordic) 4. Privacy: Siri is Listening to You, But She’s NOT Spying, Says Apple (via Naked Security)