February 21, 2018

New From the Library of Congress: The Papers of President James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Digitized and Now Available From the Library of Congress

From LC: The papers of President James Buchanan, who presided in the four years leading up to the Civil War, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress, along with the papers of his niece, Harriet Lane Johnston, who served as first lady in the White […]

New Article: “Text Mining 101″

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This new brief introduction to text mining (approx. 1800 words) was written by members of the OpenMinTeD project team. From the Article: What is text mining, how does it work and why is it useful? What is text mining, how does it work and why is it useful? The article is organized into the following […]

Library Promo Video: “How VR is Changing the Way You Use the Library” (Marriott Library, Univ. of Utah)

Here’s a new promo video from the Marriott Library, University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

New Report: “[Engaging the Collection: By the Numbers] HathiTrust Growth and Usage in 2017″

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[Engaging the Collection: By the Numbers] HathiTrust Growth and Usage in 2017 was recently published by HathiTrust. From the Report: The HathiTrust collection experienced continued growth in 2017. The collection size hit two big milestones in 2017, reaching 15 million works in February and 16 million in December. 1.2 million works were contributed by 37 partners. 27,634 works were […]

New Online From The British Library: 350 English Folk Songs Recorded by Composer Percy Grainger England Between 1906 and 1909

From the The British Library Sound and Vision Blog: The British Library is pleased to make available online around 350 English folk songs recorded by composer Percy Grainger in different regions of England between 1906 and 1909. Thanks to the generous support of the National Folk Music Fund, these sound recordings have been catalogued and indexed by librarian, researcher […]

New Zealand: University of Canterbury Introduces QuakeStudies 2.0 Research Repository (Documenting the Canterbury Earthquakes in 2012)

From University of Canterbury: The University of Canterbury (UC), which first launched its world-leading digital archive documenting the Canterbury earthquakes in 2012, has released its new, improved UC QuakeStudies research repository. QuakeStudies is an online repository and UC’s contribution to the CEISMIC programme. Maintained by the UC Arts Digital Lab, it holds collections of photographs, documents, videos, audio recordings, and media […]

Report: “Sci-Hub Loses Domains and Access to Some Web Services”

From The Scientist: Logs of publication downloads from 2017, released by Sci-Hub on January 18, show that, despite the lawsuits from ACS and Elsevier, the site experienced a growth in activity. An analysis of those data, published earlier this month in eLife, reveals that daily downloads on the pirate site steadily increased from approximately 200,000 per day in […]

Report: “Academics Protest China’s Censorship Requests”

From The Scientist: More than 1,000 people from around the world have signed a petition calling on major journal publishers not to censor their offerings within China in response to governmental pressure. The petition pledges a peer-review boycott, stating, “we will not agree to provide peer review service until editors confirm that their publications do not censor […]

News Roundup (February 20, 2018)

1. Searching FOIA Documents: MuckRock Now Allows Users to Save Advanced Search Strategies 2. ALA Video Round Table Videos for Adults Committee Releases 2018  Releases Notable Video List 3. National Archives (UK) Joins Open Preservation Foundation 4. RBS Archives joins the Digital Preservation Coalition 5. Libraries as Sources For Local Music: Rabble Announces Beta Launch of MUSICat Chorus […]

Reference: New Edition of the Digest of Education Statistics 2016 Published Online;  Provides New, Historical Data on all Aspects of Education

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From the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES): The Digest of Education Statistics is a compilation of a wide array of data about education. Compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Digest is a comprehensive statistical reference for all levels of education, from prekindergarten through graduate school. Data cover a variety of topics, including the number […]