January 18, 2022

ProQuest To Begin Publishing "Statistical Abstract of the United States" (Print & Electronic Versions)

via ProQuest: ProQuest will rescue one of researchers’ most valued reference tools when it takes on publication of the Statistical Abstract of the United States beginning with the 2013 edition. The move ensures continuation of this premier guide to an extraordinary array of statistics, which has been published since 1878. The U.S. Census Bureau, responsible […]

New York Public Library Deems Print Encyclopedias 'Relevant' in Digital Age

From WNYC Radio: As reference materials continue to move online, the New York Public Library will continue to keep print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia in all its 87 branch libraries, which are found in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island. “We definitely think it’s relevant for certain groups of users,” said Denise Hibay, […]

Things Change: Encyclopaeia Britannica to Stop Printing Book Sets

UPDATE: Here’s the Official EB Statement/Blog Post and Video Featuring EB Execs The blog mentions that for the next week Britannica Online is free. Of course, many have access for free 24x7x365 via their local library. From CNN: After 244 years, Encyclopedia [sic] Britannica will cease production of its iconic multi-volume book sets. Britannica usually […]

Video: Wikipedia Discussed on C-SPAN's "Q&A" with William Buetler from The Wikipedian

From the C-SPAN Web Site: William Beutler Talked about his role as an editor, commentator and consultant for the Wikipedia website. Among the topics he addressed were potential problems, such as vandalism, which could be encountered on the website. He related the story of former USA Today editor John Seigenthaler’s battle to have malicious biography […]

Wake the Kids & Phone the Neighbors! The 2012 Statistical Abstract of the U.S. Has Been Released

From a U.S. Census E-Mail: This annual factbook contains more than 1,400 tables of social, political and economic facts about our nation and the world. Among the broad topics covered are marriage and divorce, health, education, law enforcement, national security, social insurance, business, science and technology, agriculture, natural resources, energy, information and communications, banking and […]

Reference: Highlights from Just Released Guiness Book of World Records 2012 Edition

The 2012 ed. was released around the world earlier this week. A bunch of fact-filled announcements on the Guinness Book of World Records website offers a number of highlights (with  pictures about what’s new in the 55th edition of the classic reference. publication. 1. The World’s Biggest, Fastest and Most Extraordinary Revealed in New Guinness […]

Labor Day 2011: Fast Facts and Stats About Jobs and Working in the United States From U.S. Census

You can find the complete compilation of facts and stats put together by the U.S. Census here. Have a great holiday. A Few Highlights 153.2 million Number of people 16 and older in the nation’s labor force in July 2011. 5.9 million The number of people who work from home. 11+ hours About 11 percent […]

Reference: Film: British Film Institute Statistical Yearbook 2011 Released and Available Online

Now available online. Free. Read Online Download Full Text (PDF) Highlights: 62% of the UK population said they went to the cinema at least once a year, up from 60% in 2009 Women made up 12% (17% in 2009) of the screenwriters of UK films released in the UK in 2010 and 13% (17% in […]

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary Updated With More Than 150 New Words

From M-W.com Tweet and social media join other technology-related terms including crowdsourcing (the practice of obtaining information from a large group of people who contribute online) and m-commerce (“a business transaction conducted using a mobile electronic device”). Pop culture brings us bromance (“a close nonsexual friendship between men”) and cougar (“a middle-aged woman seeking a […]

A New iPhone App (Free): Reference: Taubman's Plain Language Medical Dictionary

From the iTunes App Store: This free basic app converts medical language into everyday English. It is based on the award-winning Plain Language Medical Dictionary widget designed by Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan. MLibrary News Has More: The award-winning Plain Medical Language Dictionary, first released by the Taubman Health Sciences Library as a […]