February 21, 2018

New Online: National Library of Israel Digitizes 200-Year-Old Miniature Bible Dedicated to George Washington

From Times of Israel: Some two centuries after it was printed, a rare miniature Bible dedicated to the first president of the United States has come to Jerusalem, where the National Library of Israel has made it freely accessible online for the first time. According to experts, less than a dozen copies of the special […]

New State, Local, and Regional Data Resources and Tools

1. Rice Urban Data Platform Provides Research-Ready Data About People, Government and Built Environment in the Greater Houston Area Now Available to Public 2. West Virginia: WVCheckbook (“Open and Free Discovery of All Revenue and Spending for State Of West Virginia”) ||| Launch Announcement 3. New Online Database Offers Real-Time Data for Michigan Health Care Consumers (via MiBiz) […]

News Roundup (February 19, 2018)

1. Lawmaker Wants to Bring Anti-Overdose Medication to Michigan Libraries (via WZZM) 2. What’s in Store for the Free Library of Philadelphia? (via Philadelphia) 3. Wikipedia Ends No-Cost Mobile Access For Developing Countries (via Engadget)  ||| Official Wikimedia Announcement 4. How An Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken (via Newsweek) 5. Research Preprint: Analysis of Schema.org Usage in the Tourism […]

Providing Digital Information in Places with Limited or No Access: Library and Internet Organizations Announce “The Tempe Principles”

From Today’s Announcement: Digital technology offers unprecedented means to transmit, store, and utilize information. While a growing number of individuals and communities are able to benefit abundantly from the expanded opportunities that new technologies offer, many people live in regions where access to the internet is rare, inadequate, or non-existent.  The resulting divide hampers opportunities for educational, cultural, economic, and social development.   A growing […]

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) Welcome a Number of New Members


From an OASPA Announcement: OASPA has been busier than ever recently, with staff experiencing increasing numbers of membership applications every month. With 2018 now in full swing, we’re pleased to announce that a number of new members have joined our organisation since the autumn of last year. The complete blog post has more information about the […]

Florida: St. Petersburg Set to Rename Main Library After President Obama


From the Tampa Bay Times: Mayor Rick Kriseman is set to announce that the city’s main library will be renamed after former President Barack Obama. [Clip] The city says the decision follows a spring 2017 meeting between Kriseman and community leaders to get feedback about the renaming. The plan calls for enhancing the library’s programming […]

University of Virginia: “Students Introduce Clemons Library Toy Service For Community Members”

From The Cavalier Daily: Fourth-year College student David Birkenthal and fourth-year Curry student Madison Lewis kickstarted the pilot program for the University’s first toy service at Clemons Library Monday. Parents and children can look through a catalogue to decide which toys they would like to check out. The toys can be checked out for two […]

Journal Article: “The Rijksmuseum Collection as Linked Data”

The following article was recently published in the journal Semantic Web. Title The Rijksmuseum Collection as Linked Data Authors Chris Dijkshoorn VU University Amsterdam Lizzy Jongma Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Lora Aroyo VU University Amsterdam Jacco van Ossenbruggen Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, the Netherlands Guus Schreiber VU University Amsterdam Wesley ter Weele VU University Amsterdam Jan Wielemaker […]

Report “Florida Shooting: Librarian Who Saved 55 “Knew What to Do Because Her Friend Survived Sandy Hook”

From The Independent: A librarian saved the lives of 55 people when a gunman opened fire at a high school in Florida, killing 17. Diana Haneski, a library media specialist at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, jumped into action when she heard the school was under lockdown on her radio. [Clip] Speaking to Reuters, Ms Haneski, […]

Global Roundup: “Copyright for Libraries in 2018 – Part 1″


From the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) Library Policy and Advocacy Blog: Copyright laws around the world are constantly changing in an attempt to adapt – or react – to the digital world. These changes can have a major impact on how libraries function and on the public service they provide. While some reforms […]