January 21, 2022

Roundup (January 19, 2022)

Arizona State University Library: J. Eugene Grigsby Jr. Papers First to Join Recently Established Black Collections Initiative Unit Sales for Print Books in the U.S. Last Year Were the Highest Ever Seen in NPD BookScan (via NPD) UK Universities Near Elsevier Deal After Publisher Drops Price (via THE; Registration Required) The Wikipedia Library: Accessing Free […]

ARL: “US Copyright Office Allows Access to E-books for People with Disabilities, but Licenses May Still Restrict Access”

From an Association of Research Libraries Post by Katherine Klosek: Research libraries are committed to making information resources as broadly accessible as possible, regardless of users’ abilities or disabilities, but copyright law has played a role in prohibiting  the international exchange of accessible books and other materials. Globally, fewer than 10 percent of publications are […]

Report: “A New Use For AI: Summarizing Scientific Research for Seven-Year-Olds”

Note: The service discussed in the article below should not be confused with the TLDR paper summarization service provided by the wonderful Semantic Scholar database. From The Verge: Academic writing often has a reputation for being hard to follow, but what if you could use machine learning to summarize arguments in scientific papers so that […]

New Document: “Guiding Principles for Reparative Description at NARA”

From a Blog Post by Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero: In keeping with the recommendations from my Task Force on Racism, NARA chartered the Reparative Description and Digitization Working Group in July of 2021. Since then, the Working Group has been reviewing guidance, standards, and processes relating to reparative archival description as well […]

Elsevier, ACS, RSOC, T&F, and Wiley are Collaborating on New Pilot to “Improve Research Discovery and Access”

UPDATE: Analysis and Comment on the News Below by Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (via The Scholarly Kitchen) From an Elsevier Post by Rose L’Huillier: ScienceDirect is the home of Elsevier’s journals, books, and titles from our society partners. Over 15 million researchers worldwide use the platform to stay on top of research in their field, find […]

Rice University Wins NEH Grant to Create Digital Database of Atlantic Slave Trade

From Rice University: A Rice history professor’s work to create a digital database of the Atlantic slave trade has won a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Associate professor of history Daniel Domingues has been awarded $149,995 for his project with Lancaster University to develop the Digital Archive of the Atlantic Slave Trades. […]

“See the Extraordinarily Detailed Maps From ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and Other Fictional Worlds”

From artnet news: Even authors who create elaborate fictional landscapes need directions sometimes. That much is clear in “Mapping Fiction,” a new exhibition at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in California, which examines the ways authors and cartographers have mapped out fantastical worlds both like and unlike our own. The show coincides […]

Roundup (January 18, 2022)

Breaking Out Open Access License Types (via Delta Think) Eshoo, Schakowsky, Booker Introduce Bill to Ban Surveillance Advertising (via Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)) Key Developments in Portico’s Work (via Portico) Podcast Discovery Service Podchaser Hires Librarian (via The Verge) PLOS Digital Health Publishes First Papers Thoughts on the Heritage PIDs Project (via ArchivesHub) Video: National […]

A Small Collection of Web Resources For Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022

A small collection of open web resources as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020 About Dr. King (via The King Center) Civil Rights Digital Library (via University of Georgia) Martin Luther King, Jr. Encyclopedia (via Stanford University) Multimedia Audio/Radio Programs: Voices from the Southern Civil Rights Movement (via AAPB) Voices from the Southern […]

Video Collection From UCLA Film and Television Archive Honors Martin Luther King Jr.’s Contributions and Legacy

From UCLA: Recent national events — from the senseless murder of George Floyd to the horrific white supremacist attack on the U.S. Capitol — indisputably illustrate that Dr. King’s life work remains vitally relevant, perhaps more than ever,” said Mark Quigley, the John H. Mitchell Television Archivist at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, a […]