September 19, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933-2020; A Selection of Video Interviews and Lectures

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87. Statement by Chief Justice John Roberts (via Supremecourt.gov) Below, find links to a few recorded interviews and lectures with Justice Ginsburg, most via the C-SPAN Video Library. August 31, 2019 Conversation with Nina Totenberg at the National Book Festival (via C-SPAN) July 24, 2019 […]

University of Rochester Project Democratizes Access to Medieval English Literature

From the University of Rochester: A pioneering initiative to make texts from the Middle Ages available to scholars and students around the world receives continued support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Middle English Texts Series “puts the literature out there for everybody.” Teachers and students of medieval literature long faced a problem […]

New Data From BookNet Canada: “2020 Library Use And Book Buying in Canada Half-Year Review”

From BookNet Canada: At a glance, we found that from 2018 through mid-2020, the percentage of borrowers has lowered 1% each year; going from 28% in 2018 to 26% in the first half of 2020. In comparison, the percentage of buyers has slightly increased from 21% in 2018 to 24% in 2019 before falling slightly […]

Report: “Facebook Accused of Watching Instagram Users Through Cameras”

From Bloomberg: Facebook Inc. is again being sued for allegedly spying on Instagram users, this time through the unauthorized use of their mobile phone cameras. The lawsuit springs from media reports in July that the photo-sharing app appeared to be accessing iPhone cameras even when they weren’t actively being used. Read the Complete Article More […]

Webinar Recording and Slides: IFLA ARL Hot Topics 2020

The IFLA ARL Hot Topics 2020 webinar was recorded on September 8, 2020. From the International Federation of Library Associations: From Gutenberg to Google, libraries have constantly evolved to advance and respond to society’s needs. Yet, their fundamental purpose has remained the same: to provide access to trustworthy, authoritative knowledge. As such, libraries serve as […]

Journal Article: “The Impact of Skim Reading and Navigation When Reading Hyperlinks On the Web”

The following article was published online today by PLOS One. Title The Impact of Skim Reading and Navigation When Reading Hyperlinks on the Web Authors Gemma Fitzsimmons University of Southampton Lewis T. Jayes University of Surrey Mark J. Weal University of Southampton Denis Drieghe University of Southampton Source PLOS ONE 15(9): e0239134 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0239134 Abstract […]

Library and Archives Canada Publishes 2019-2020 Annual Report: “Working Today to Preserve Our Tomorrow”

From the “Working Today to Preserve Our Tomorrow” Publication Announcement: Highlights From the Report Include: The appointment of Leslie Weir as Librarian and Archivist of Canada; The unveiling of the design for the joint facility that LAC will share with Ottawa Public Library; The beginning of construction of a second preservation centre—the first net-zero carbon […]

Budget Reduction Announcement From University of Miami Libraries

From the U. of Miami Libraries: UM Libraries’ core mission is providing the information resources needed for teaching and research. Overall our collections funding to meet that mission remains strong, however a university-mandated budget reduction requires the Libraries to strategically reduce and realign collections spending for the coming year. Given the specific focus of the […]

NYT Report: “Macmillan C.E.O. John Sargent Is Departing”

From The NY Times: John Sargent, Macmillan’s longtime chief executive, will leave the publishing company in January because of disagreements over its direction, according to an announcement from its parent company, Holtzbrinck, on Thursday. [Clip] Macmillan’s president, Don Weisberg, an industry veteran, will step in as chief executive of Macmillan’s English-language trade publishers, which include […]

Report: “The Wayback Machine and Cloudflare Want to Backstop the Web”

From an Internet Archive Blog Post by Mark Graham: Cloudflare and the Internet Archive are now working together to help make the web more reliable. Websites that enable Cloudflare’s Always Online service will now have their content automatically archived, and if by chance the original host is not available to Cloudflare, then the Internet Archive […]