May 27, 2019

Dan Cohen on “The Books of College Libraries Are Turning Into Wallpaper”

A new op/ed by Dan Cohen, Vice Provost for Information Collaboration at Northeastern University and published by The Atlantic. From the Op/Ed (Full Text approx. 2300 words): Maybe students aren’t checking the books out but are still consulting them regularly within the library? This also does not appear to be true. Many libraries also track […]

Research Tools: Database of Literature on Oil Spills and Public Health

From the Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities A searchable literature review, in spreadsheet format, on the health impacts of oil spills. The objective of the review, first published in 2016 and updated in May 2019, was to identify both what was already known about the effects of oil spills and gaps in our knowledge. This resource […]

A New State Legislation Tracking Databases From NCSL: “Occupational Licensing”

A new resources from the National Conference of State Legislatures. 1. Occupational Licensing Legislation Database This database contains legislation from all 50 states covering 34 distinct occupations that have been identified based on the following criteria: Each must be licensed in at least 30 states. Each much require less than a bachelor’s degree in most […]

New Digital Collection: British Airways Opens Centenary Archive Collection to Celebrate ts 100-Year History

From British Airways: To mark British Airways’ centenary this year, the airline has opened its archive collection to the public for the first time to share never-before-seen memories of key moments from its 100-year history. The British Airways Centenary Archive Collection explores moments from the very first international flight with its predecessor airline, Aircraft Transport and Travel […]

How Finland is Fighting Fake News – In the Classroom

From the World Economic Forum: Finland has an effective weapon to combat fake news: education. The Nordic nation tops a list of European countries deemed the most resilient to disinformation, the Media Literacy Index, compiled by the Open Society Institute in Sofia. Denmark was second, followed by the Netherlands, Sweden and Estonia. Macedonia, Turkey and Albania […]

Not Real News: Associated Press (AP) Roundup of Some “Popular But Completely Untrue Stories and Visuals” From the Past Week

From the Associated Press: A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts. This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to […]

Video: “BIBFRAME Goes International” (Presentation at LC)

The “BIBFRAME Goes International” seminar was recorded at the Library of Congress on April 9. 2019. Description BIBFRAME, a Library of Congress data model for bibliographic description designed to replace the MARC standards, is seeing activity around the globe. In this presentation, Library staff review current activity of the BIBFRAME model on the international scene, […]

Video: Conference Presentation: “Research Software: A Role For Libraries – British Library”

The following video was made available online earlier today by RLUK. It was recorded at the RLUK Conference 2019 on March 22, 2019. Presenters Jez Cope Data Services Lead, British Library Dr. Torsten Reimer Head of Research Services, British Library. Description This paper discusses the role that might be played by institutional and national libraries […]

NYPL’s Schomburg Center Acquires Collection of Hip-Hop Pioneer Fred ‘Fab 5 Freddy’ Brathwaite

From the Schomburg Center/NYPL: The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem has acquired the full archive of hip-hop pioneer and pop culture icon, Fred “Fab 5 Freddy” Brathwaite. The archive—which spans more than 120 boxes—showcases Fab 5 Freddy’s role as a hip-hop ambassador and pioneer, providing a rare […]

Minnesota: Alexandria School District Pulls Two Books From Program

From the Alexandria Echo: In response to complaints about books some eighth-graders read as part of a language arts unit this year, Assistant Superintendent Rick Sansted announced at Monday night’s Alexandria School Board meeting that parents will be part of a committee to review book selections in the future. Two of the six books that […]