May 9, 2021

Journal Article: “The Fake News Wave: Academic Libraries’ Battle Against Misinformation During COVID-19”

The article linked below was recently posted on the The Journal of Academic Librarianship website. Title The Fake News Wave: Academic Libraries’ Battle Against Misinformation During COVID-19 Authors Siviwe Bangani Stellenbosch University Library & Information Service, South Africa Source The Journal of Academic Librarianship Available online 6 May 2021, 102390 In Press, Journal Pre-proof DOI: […]

Legislation Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 3019) “Directing the Smithsonian Institution and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to Jointly Carry out the COVID-19 Pandemic Memorial Quilt Project”

H.R.3019 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 7, 2019. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and currently has 14 co-sponsors. Bill Summary To direct the Smithsonian Institution and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to jointly carry out the COVID-19 Pandemic Memorial Quilt Project to […]

Not Real News: An Associated Press Roundup of Untrue Stories Shared Widely on Social Media This 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 are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts… Direct to Full Text See Also: More “Not Real News” […]

Video Recording: “Reimagining Description for Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections: an Anti-Racist Approach”

The video recording from OCLC embedded below was presented at the ACRL 2021 conference on April 13, 2021. Presenters Mary Sauer Games, VP Global Product Management, OCLC Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Manager OCLC Research Description Description, subject analysis, classification, authority control, and cataloging practices are part of a powerful naming and labeling process in bibliographic cataloging. […]

Microsoft is Shutting Down Microsoft Academic Search and Related Services

Update May 8, 2021 Our Research (Providers of Unsub and Unpaywall) Report They’re Building a Microsoft Academic Graph Replacement (via OurResearch) More: A New nterview with Our Research Co-Founder, Jason Priem (via Research Information) We’re very excited to learn more about what Heather, Jason, and team are developing!!! —End Update— A brief note from infoDOCKET […]

Roundup (May 7, 2021)

News May 2021 Issue of the OpenAire Newsletter Now Available Online Quartex Launches Fully Searchable Transcriptions of Digitized Manuscript Assets Resources Database of New York State Economic Incentives (Projects Funded by Empire State Development) Now Available Online (via Times-Union)

Report: “Fire at UMaine’s Fogler Library was Arson, University Says”

From the Bangor Daily News: A small fire at the University of Maine’s campus library on Wednesday night was the result of arson, according to the university. The fire damaged numerous books before firefighters quickly extinguished it on Wednesday night, according to a captain with the Orono Fire Department. [Clip] Hardison said the fire burned […]

New Online From SPARC: Automatic Textbook Billing Contract Library

From SPARC: Today, SPARC released a new resource to help equip institutions to examine the fine print behind automatic textbook billing programs, also known as “Inclusive Access.” The Automatic Textbook Billing Contract Library offers a structured analysis of more than 70 contracts with major vendors obtained through public records requests from 37 institutions in 24 […]

Meet Alexia Hudson-Ward: A Q&A With the Libraries New Associate Director for Research and Learning at MIT

From MIT Libraries: In October, the Libraries welcomed Alexia Hudson-Ward as the new associate director for Research and Learning. Previously the Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries at Oberlin College, Hudson-Ward provides strategic leadership for the community-facing service portfolio of the Libraries. She recently talked to Bibliotech about the MIT Libraries’ vision, working through a […]

U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary Hearing: “Oversight of the U.S. Copyright Office” (Video Recording and Media Report)

The oversight hearing embedded below was recorded on May 5, 2021. Prepared statements from Judiciary Committee Chairman, Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and the witness, Shira Perlmutter, Register of Copyrights and Director U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress. Media Coverage Perlmutter Addresses Copyright Issues at First House Oversight Hearing (via Reuters)