October 23, 2021

Primary Documents: Bexar County, Texas Signs Contracts With 3M and Polaris For BiblioTech All-Digital Library System

In the past week infoDOCKET shared a couple of items about work moving forward on BiblioTech, the all-digital library system in Bexar County, Texas that was first announced about five months ago. This week contracts with 3M for the 3M Cloud Library ($275,000/year) and Polaris (will not exceed $18,000) were approved by Bexar County officials. […]

National Archives (UK) Unveils Olympic Records Website Giving Public Access to Hundreds of Historic Documents and Images

From The Telegraph: The National Archives have created a new digital portal collating Olympic records that date back to the first modern Games in 1896 to the Beijing Games in 2008. The new resource features a timeline allowing users to see the progression of the Olympics and includes government documents from the two previous occasions […]

New: Combating Terrorism Center at West Point Makes Bin Laden Documents Available Online

From the CTC Web Site: [The] Combating Terrorism Center at West Point [has] release[d] a number of documents from the compound in Abbottabad where Usama bin Ladin was killed last year.  In addition to English translations of the documents and the original versions in Arabic. Direct to Report (17 pages; PDF) This report is a […]

Primary Documents: Full Text of Two FBI Files About Steve Jobs Released Online

Both files were released today and available in the “The Vault” section of the FBI web site. You can read online and/or download the 191 page PDF file. From the FBI Web Site: Steven Paul Jobs (1955-2011) was a founder and leader of Apple Inc. (formerly Apple Computer Inc.). In 1991, Jobs was considered for […]

San Antonio, TX: New Online Database: Historical Election Results are Digitized

From the San Antonio Express-News: Ever wonder who ran for mayor of San Antonio in, say, 1931, or how many people voted in that three-way election? [Clip] Finding the answers to questions like those used to be an arduous task that began when someone would request from the city clerk specific information from a historical document. Then […]

UK: Public Libraries: "Library Ruling Could Speed Closures"

UPDATE: CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professional) Response to the Brent Libraries Judicial Review and Full Text of Court Judgement (PDF) From The Telegraph: Residents of Brent, backed by some of Britain’s biggest authors, sought a judicial review after their local council announced plans to shut half of the borough’s 12 public libraries […]

Knight Center Digital Library Releases Spanish Language Guides for Online Journalism and Social Media Ethics

From the Knight Center: The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has released two digital books in Spanish, “Ethical Guidelines for Online Journalism,” originally published in English by the Poynter Institute, and “10 Best Practices for Social Media,” by James Hohmann and the American Society of News Editors. The Spanish versions were translated and […]

UK: New Website Puts Spotlight on Women in History

From JISC: More than 80,000 fascinating documents that uncover the lives led by Yorkshire women such as Charlotte Bronte in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are now only a mouse click away. A major website launches today hosted by the University of Huddersfield, developed in partnership with West Yorkshire Archives Service and funded by JISC. […]

New From NARA: Online Access To The Founding Fathers Papers

From the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant making arm of the National Archives, has signed a cooperative agreement with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, affiliated with the University of Virginia, to provide pre-publication access to 68,000 historical papers of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, […]

Privacy: Social Media: U.S. Congress Members Want FTC To Investigate Facebook Tracking

Markey, Barton to FTC: Investigate Facebook Tracking After recently published findings that Facebook had been gathering information about the websites its users visited even after users logged out of Facebook, Congressmen Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) today urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the company’s practices in this area. Facebook […]