March 17, 2018

Conference Presentation (Slides): “From Wikidata to Scholia: Creating Structured-Linked Data to Generate Scholarly Profiles”

The following presentation was given at the 2018 Code4Lib Conference in Washington, DC. Title From Wikidata to Scholia: Creating Structured-Linked Data to Generate Scholarly Profiles Authors/Presenters Mairelys Lemus-Rojas Jere Odell Source Indiana University ScholarWorks Abstract Wikidata, the newest project of the Wikimedia Foundation, has been increasingly attracting contributors from all over the world. Wikidata is a […]

Newspaper Interview: What’s it Like to Be a Penn State Librarian?

Here’s a link to new  interview with Claire Gianacakos, a reference librarian at Penn State. The interview is published in The Daily Collegian (TDC). The interview includes eight questions and answers. Here’s the first exchange: TDC: Why did you decide to become a librarian? Claire Gianacakos: Well, although very rare in my field, I’ve known […]

Freemuse Releases “State of Artistic Freedom 2018″ Report


From Freemuse In a first-of-its-kind report assessing the global state of artistic freedom, Freemuse warns of the emergence of a new global culture of silencing others, where artistic expression is being shut down in every corner of the globe, including in the traditionally democratic West. In 2017, 48 artists were serving combined sentences of more […]

ACRL Board of Directors Approves New Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy

From the ACRL Insider: Tne ACRL Board of Directors has approved new Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy. Developed by a joint ACRL/ RBMS and Society of American Archivists (SAA) task force, the new guidelines articulate the range of knowledge, skills, and abilities required to effectively use primary sources and are applicable in multiple primary source […]

Oregon: Governor Kate Brown Fires State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen

From The Oregonian/OregonLive: [Gov.] Kate Brown ousted the state librarian Tuesday in a move that surprised and angered many librarians and library supporters around Oregon. The governor decided that State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen “fell short of clear and timely expectations from legislators,” spokeswoman Kate Kondayen said. Brown gave Dahlgreen the option to transition out of her position, […]

HathiTrust Research Center User Requirements Study White Paper 

The following paper was released on March 6, 2018. Title HathiTrust Research Center User Requirements Study White Paper  Authors Eleanor Dickson, Harriett Green, Leanne Nay, Angela Courtney, Robert McDonald Source via IDEALS (U. of Illinois) via  IUScholarWorks (U. of Indiana) Abstract This paper presents findings from an investigation into trends and practices in humanities and […]

Studs Terkel Radio Archive Containing 5,600 Shows/Interviews Goes Live Online on May 16th; Several Hundred Interviews Available to Stream Today


From Broadway World Chicago: The Studs Terkel Radio Archive, one of the world’s great spoken-word collections, consisting of more than 5,600 programs in various genres created at Terkel’s hometown fine arts radio station WFMT in Chicago between 1952 and 1997, will become available to the general public on what would have been Terkel’s 106th birthday, May 16, 2018. [Some […]

Rutgers University Libraries Releases Digitized Collection of 1,250 Roman Coins


From Rutgers University: The Rutgers University Libraries have digitized an invaluable of 1,250 coins from the ancient Roman Republic, some dating to the beginning of coinage – and just time for the Ides of March. The digitization of ancient coins is not some retro version of Bitcoin. Through a collaboration of classical scholarship and super high-resolution photography, the […]

Reference: 2018 County Health Rankings Released Today by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and U. of Wisconsin Population Health Institute


From an Introductory Blog Post: For nearly a decade, our annual County Health Rankings [from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute]  have shown that where we live makes a difference in how well and how long we live. This year, our analyses find that meaningful health gaps persist not only […]

News Roundup

A Wikipedia editor typed up 25,000 historical US city populations from the census, 4x what historians have had to work with. Here’s a narrative visualization of the dataset. — Benjamin Schmidt (@benmschmidt) March 12, 2018 2. Faculty Response to Deselection in Academic Libraries: A Psycholinguistic Analysis (via SJSU Scholar Works) 4. Privacy & Security: […]