October 15, 2019

Report: “UF (University of Florida) Reprimands Book-Hungry Prof Over 2017 Behavior”

From Gainesville.com: The University of Florida has thrown the books at English professor Richard Burt. Burt, 65, who contested the university library book check-out limit of 350, was made to sign a written letter of reprimand by his chair, Sid Dobrin, and associate dean, Mary Watt. They met Monday, one day before The Sun published a […]

Amazon Makes Another $1 Million Gift to the Wikimedia Endowment to Help Ensure Long-Term Sustainability of Wikipedia

From the Wikimedia Foundation: We are pleased to announce a new $1 million gift to the Wikimedia Endowment from Amazon to support greater access to information for everyone. This is Amazon’s second gift to the Wikimedia Endowment, a permanent fund dedicated to ensuring the long-term sustainability of Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. […]

Penn. State University: Dean of University Libraries Barbara Dewey to Retire August 2020

Barbara Dewey

From Penn. State University: Penn State has announced that Barbara I. Dewey, Penn State’s dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, will retire in August 2020 after a 45-year career in librarianship. [Clip] During her tenure as dean, Dewey oversaw the transformation of spaces in the Pattee and Paterno Libraries, including the award-winning Knowledge Commons, […]

Digital Privacy News Roundup

Apple Safari Browser Sends Some User IP Addresses to Chinese Conglomerate Tencent by Default (via Reclaim the Net) How to Stop GoogleSoftwareUpdate.app From Trying to Run on Your Mac (via iMore)

Roundup (October 14, 2019)

Costs of Course Materials: Results of the Fall 2019 University of Ottawa #TextbookBroke Survey Note: $1 Canadian = approx. 76 Cents/USD. Decline of the Ebook Market in Viet Nam (via Viet Nam News) Library Publishing Coalition Posts Program and CFP For 2020 Library Publishing Forum University of Pittsburgh’s University Library System (ULS) is the Publisher […]

Big Update! The Internet Archive Adds 2,500 More MS-DOS Games to Play Online

From an Internet Archive Blog Post by Jason Scott: Another few thousand DOS Games are playable at the Internet Archive! Since our initial announcement in 2015, we’ve added occasional new games here and there to the collection, but this will be our biggest update yet, ranging from tiny recent independent productions to long-forgotten big-name releases […]

Oxford English Dictionary Adds More Than 650 New Words, Senses, and Subentries Including Chillax, Cyptocurrency, Fake News, and Jedi Mind Trick (October 2019 Update)

From the OED Blog: New additions this September cover a lot of ground, stretching alphabetically from abugida (a system for organizing words or characters in the Semitic languages of Ethiopia, or a writing system used in some South or South-East Asian languages) to the slangily dismissive whatevs. This update travels back to the early Jurassic […]

United States Army Defends Decision to Close its Historic 57-Year-Old Space and Technical Library at Redstone Arsenal.

From the Associated Press: The U.S. Army is defending a decision to close its historic 57-year-old space and technical library at Redstone Arsenal. Army officials said it was a joint decision made by interested parties. [Clip] In a statement released this week, the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center, or AvMC, […]

More Than 1,700 Maps Added to USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection

From ESRI: In collaboration with the US Geological Survey (USGS), Esri recently updated the online USGS historical topographic map collection with over 1,700 new maps. Esri’s USGS topographic map collection now contains 177,061 historical quadrangle maps dating from 1882 to 2006. Previously available only as printed lithographic copies, high-resolution images of these maps are freely available […]

New Data on Postsecondary Tuition, Fees and Degrees in the United States From the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

From the National Center for Education Statistics: Between 2016–17 and 2018–19, the average tuition and required fees at 4-year public institutions increased 1 percent for in-state and decreased 0.2 percent for out-of-state students (after adjusting for inflation). During that same time period, tuition and required fees increased 1.4 percent at 4-year nonprofit institutions and decreased […]