• New Resource: Researchers Launch “Explore Apollo” Moon Mission Audio Site

    From the University of Texas at Dallas:
    NASA recorded thousands of hours of audio from the Apollo lunar missions, yet most of us have only been able to hear the highlights.
    The agency recorded all communications between the astronauts, mission control specialists and back-room support staff during the historic moon missions in addition to Neil Armstrong’s famous quotes from Apollo 11 in July 1969.Most of the audio remained in storage on outdated analog tapes for decades until research
  • Still No Deal: “Hundreds of German Universities Set to Lose Access to Elsevier Journals”

    From Nature:
    Around 200 German universities will lose their subscriptions to Elsevier journals within weeks, because negotiations have failed to end a long-term contract dispute.
    “There is no doubt that what the German universities are asking for is the direction of travel for scholarly publishing,” says Paul Ayris, pro-vice-provost of library services at University College London. “If Germany achieves this with Elsevier, other countries will want to follow suit.”
  • Hong Kong’s First Public Library Powered Self-Service Print Book Vending Machine Opens, Two More Machines Planned

    From the South China Morning Post:The words are on the street after Hong Kong’s public libraries operator opened the city’s first self-service book station on Tuesday.
    Readers can now borrow from 300 books on the shelves of the vending machine-style station – which is located at Sai Wan Ho in the east of Hong Kong Island – with a scan of their library card or preregistered Hong Kong ID card.
    Two more stations will be launched in the second half of 2018, one at the Hong Ko
  • Roundup: New or Recently Updated Reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS)

    The following list featuring a selected list of new or recently updated reports from the Congressional Research Service are made available online by EveryCRSReport.com and the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).
    The Campus-Based Financial Aid Programs: Background and Issues
    Cybersecurity: State, Local, and International Authoritative Reports and Resources
    Defense Primer: Department of Defense Maintenance Depots
    Funding Gaps and Government Shutdowns: CRS Experts
    Keystone XL Pi
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  • Google Enhances/Updates Three Features Found on Search Results Pages

    From The Keyword (Official Google Blog):
    In the the last few weeks, we’ve made three new additions to help you explore further, including expanded Featured Snippets, improved functionality of Knowledge Panels, and suggested content as you search for a particular topic.
    Featured Snippets
    Today, we’ve added more images and related searches inside select Featured Snippets to help you learn even more about your topic, or to discover new things related to your interest.
    Knowledge Panels
  • UK Web Archive Launches New Search Interface (Beta)

    From the UK Web Archive Blog/British Library:What’s new?
    For the first time you can search both the ‘Open UK Web Archive’ and the ‘Legal Deposit Web Archive’ from the same search box
    We have improved the search and have included faceting so that it’s easier to find what you are looking for
    A simple, clean design that (hopefully) allows the content to be the focus
    Easily browsable ‘Special Collections’ (curated groups of websites on a them
  • Multimedia Search: Pop-Up Archive Acquired by Apple

    Ed. Note: We’ve mentioned Pop-Up Archive several times during the past few years on infoDOCKET and demonstrated their public facing Audiosear.ch podcast search engine during many training sessions.  
    Here are two examples that illustrate some of their work with the library community. 
    In May,  2015 we noted that Anne Wooten, CEO of Pop-Up Archive, was a panelist on the “Scaling up Practice” panel at an IMLS event about the National Digital Platform. You can
  • Reference: NEW DATA: U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Releases 2017 End-of-Year Immigration Enforcement Statistics

    From the Dept. of Homeland Security News Release:
    Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its end-of-year immigration enforcement numbers, the results of a year-long return to enforcing the law, upholding the integrity of our lawful immigration system, and keeping America safe. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported 310,531 apprehensions nationwide, 303,916 of which were along the Southwest border, underscoring the need for a physical barri
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  • News Roundup (December 5, 2017)`

    1. Higher Education: “Cengage Unlimited” Launches, On-Demand Access to ALL Cengage Digital Higher Education Materials For One Fee
    2.  Movie About MIT Hacktivist Aaron Swartz in the Works (via Boston Globe)
    3. Metadata Research Center at Drexel University Receives Funding to Advance LIS Doctoral Education in Data Science
    4. RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals with Full Text™ Now Available from EBSCO Information Services
    5. UK’s 
  • Open Access: New Data Says 37% of UK Research Outputs Freely Available Immediately at Time of Publication

    From the Universities UK’s Open Access Co-ordination Group:
    The proportion of UK research which is available via open access is increasing at a considerable rate, with 37% of research outputs freely available to the world immediately at publication.
    ​​This report, the second in a series commissioned by the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group, aims to build on previous findings, and to examine trends over the period since the major funders of research i
  • Texas: “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas Removed From All School Libraries in Katy Independent School District

    From Quartz:
    One of the biggest breakout books of the year in the US is about an unarmed black teenager killed by the police. A school district in Texas thinks the language in the book could be too mature for its students.
    Now in its 39th week on the New York Times bestselling hardcover YA list, the novel was long-listed for a National Book Award this year. Last month it was pulled from all the libraries at the Katy Independent School District in Texas. Its return is pending review.
  • Predatory Journals: Researchers Propose Solutions to Stop the “Corruption of Science”

    From The Ottawa Hospital in Ontraio:
    The team of researchers behind a landmark study on predatory journals has now outlined the first concrete steps that stakeholders can take to combat the growing influence of these journals. Their pioneering work is published in Nature Human Behavior.
    The team from The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa suggests:
    Researchers need to be educated on how to identify predatory journals and avoid submitting work to these unscrupulous o
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  • New Report From OCLC Research: “The Many Faces of Digital Visitors and Residents: Facets of Online Engagement”

    From the OCLC Research Website:
    The Many Faces of Digital Visitors and Residents: Facets of Online Engagement continues the work of the Digital Visitors and Residents project, which included the development of a mapping tool to help participants identify which technology they use as visitors (i.e., access to complete a certain task and then leave without a digital trace) or as residents (i.e., express themselves, interact with others, and establish personas that persist beyond active e
  • Reference: Stanford-Led Artificial Intelligence Index Tracks Emerging Field

    From Stanford University:
    In an effort to track the progress of this emerging field, a Stanford-led group of leading AI thinkers called the AI100 has launched an index that will provide a comprehensive baseline on the state of artificial intelligence and measure technological progress in the same way the gross domestic product and the S&P 500 index track the U.S. economy and the broader stock market.
    The AI100 was set in motion three years ago by a charitable gift from
  • Research Libraries: ARL’s Assessment Program Visioning Task Force Releases Recommendations

    From the Association of Research Libraries (ARL):
    There is a strong sense from ARL members that the [Assessment Program] should continue to focus on supporting library assessment in member libraries. However, the needs of ARL member libraries and staff have evolved since the program’s inception, and while the program meets some pressing needs of ARL members, there are distinct gaps between the audiences that the ARL assessment program currently serves and those that ARL members most need t
  • News Roundup (Monday December 4, 2017)

    1. Facebook Launches Preview of “Messenger Kids”, Standalone Messaging Controlled From Parent’s/Guardian’s Facebook Account
    2. Ex Libris Academy: New Self-Service Training Platform for Ex Libris Product Certification Programs
  • Research Tools: New Way to Browse the Federal Courts Web Archive

    From the Law Library of Congress Blog Post by Robert Brammer:
    The Law Library and the Library of Congress Web Archiving team launched the Federal Courts Web Archive back in September. We are excited to bring you a new way to browse the archive.
    If you visit the new browse page, you will find the Federal courts arranged in a list. If you click on a court in the table of contents at the top of the screen, it will take you to the link to the archive
  • New Video: Introduction to Web Accessibility and W3C Standards

    A new video from W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
    From the Video’s Description Posted on YouTube
    Subtitles are available in over 15 languages. You can change the language through the Settings icon, which is after the CC icon.
    Accessibility – W3C for an overview of the Why, What, and How of web accessibility.
    Web Accessibility Perspectives Videos: Explore the Impact and Benefits for Everyone– for videos and information on specific accessibility topic.See Also: Is
  • Issue Brief: Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons with Print Disabilities

    Details and links below to a new issue brief and infographic from EIFL,Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), World Blind Union – Asia Pacific, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  Although the brief is focused on the Asia-Pacific region its contents will likely be of interest to a global audience.
    From the UNDP Asia and Pacific:
    This Issue Brief provides a concise summary of issues related to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Pu
  • New Journal Article: Cliff Lynch on “Stewardship in the “Age of Algorithms”

    The following article was posted online today by First Monday.
    Stewardship in the “Age of Algorithms”
    Cliff Lynch
    Coalition For Networked Information (CNI)
    First MondayVolume 22, Number 12  (December 4, 2017)doi:doi.org/10.5210/fm.v22i12.8097
    This paper explores pragmatic approaches that might be employed to document the behavior of large, complex socio-technical systems (often today shorthanded as “algorithms”) that centrally involve som
  • Report: “Inside the National Library of Australia’s Make-or-Break Digital Transformation”

    From  iTnews:
    Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems had provided a stopgap measure but they were, according to NLA development branch director Kavinga Hubert, “rudimentary in nature, had very limited capacity and functionality, and were no longer able to support Library’s future requirements”.
    A working group convened and recognised the business risks posed by the systems’ inability to scale, process inefficiency, and “unsustainable” maintenan
  • Digital Collections: A Brief Introduction to the Boston Symphony Orchestra Archives

    From CONTENTdm/OCLC:
    Since 2008, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has used CONTENTdm to share and manage its rich digital collections. The Boston Symphony Orchestra Archives houses printed programs, press clippings, posters, photographs, administrative files, and an extensive collection of audio and visual materials such as recordings of rehearsals and concerts, radio broadcast tapes of concerts, television programs featuring BSO or Pops performances, and commercially released recordings.
  • Reference: New Report, Data on International Students in the U.S. & American Students Studying Abroad (Open Doors 2017 Report)

    From the Institute of International Education (IIE):
    Open Doors, supported by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities.
    In 2016/17, for the second consecutive year, U.S. colleges and universities host
  • News Roundup (December 1, 2017)

    1. State of Mozilla 2016 (Annual Report)
    2. The Northeast Document Conservation Center Receives Grant
  • What’s New for 2018 MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)

    From the National Library of Medicine Tech. Bulletin:
    MeSH is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) controlled vocabulary thesaurus that is updated annually. NLM uses the MeSH thesaurus to index articles from thousands of biomedical journals for the MEDLINE/PubMed database and for the cataloging of books, documents, and audiovisuals acquired by the library.
    Overview of Vocabulary Development and Changes for 2018 MeSH
    474 Descriptors added
    106 Descriptor terms replaced with more up-to-
  • New Resource: Authors Alliance Publishes Guide to Fair Use for Nonfiction Authors

    From the Authors Alliance:Inspired by the work of Peter Jaszi and Patricia Aufderheide at the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University, [the Guide to Fair Use for Nonfiction Authors] focuses on best practices for nonfiction authors—from biographers to science writers, historians to literary critics, memoirists to academics, and beyond—who depend on the use of copyrighted materials in their work.
    The guide will help nonfiction authors who want to do thi
  • Stony Brook University Libraries Releases Digital Collection of Medieval Manuscripts

    From Stony Brook University Libraries in NY:
    “Otto F. Ege: Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts” is a digital collection published by Stony Brook University Libraries in November 2017.
    An educator and book seller, Otto F. Ege (1888-1951) is perhaps best known for separating and systematically removing pages or leaves from books. A self-proclaimed biblioclast or “book-breaker,” Ege rationalized that disbinding volumes provided the masses with opportunities to st
  • News Roundup (November 30, 2017)

    1. Wyoming: Cody High School Urged to Keep Acclaimed Book in School Library (via NCAC)
    2. De Gruyter to Acquire Deutscher Kunstverlag
    3. SCOSS: New​ ​Coalition​ ​Aims to ​Secure​ ​the​ ​Future​ ​of​ ​Open​ ​Science (via LIBER)
  • Office of Information Policy, U.S. Dept. of Justice Issues New Guidance re: Federal Agency FOIA Websites

    From the Office of Information Policy, U.S. Department of Justice:
    Today, OIP published updated guidance for agency FOIA websites.
    This new guidance, Agency FOIA Websites 2.0, encourages agencies to review their FOIA websites to ensure they contain essential resources, and are informative and user-friendly.
    The FOIA Websites 2.0 guidance establishes standard minimum requirements for FOIA websites, while recognizing that agencies may organize and style their websit
  • New Report: The Evolving Landscape of Federated Research Data Infrastructures

    From a Knowledge Exchange Introductory Post and an Abstract (via Zenodo):
    In 2016 the Knowledge Exchange Research Data expert group identified a need for better understanding of the nature and consequences of research and data infrastructure being more and more federated. Work was designed to find answers to questions such as ‘Which are the main drivers for federating RD infrastructures and services ? What are the expected benefits? What are the consequences for research and
  • Today is the First International Digital Preservation Day, “Bit List” of Most At-Risk Digital Materials Released

    From the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)30th November 2017 marks the very first International Digital Preservation Day.
    Designed to raise awareness of digital preservation and to link a large, growing and widely dispersed digital preservation community, the day will bring together individuals and institutions from across the world, celebrating and profiling our work.
    Digital materials are a core commodity for industry, commerce and government. They are fundamental for research, the law
  • ALA Announces Winners of the 2017 “I Love My Librarian Award”

    From ALA:
    Today 10 librarians were honored with the prestigious 2017 I Love My Librarian Award for their outstanding public service contributions. Selected from more than 1,100 nominations submitted by library users nationwide, including educators and members of the public, the winning librarians are being recognized for their leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.
    The 1,125 nominations detail how librarians working in public, school, college, c
  • College Basketball: Coach Dean Smith’s Personal Papers Come to UNC Libraries

    From UNC Libraries:
    A new addition to the University Libraries now paints a fuller portrait of the man off the court. Smith’s family recently donated to UNC-Chapel Hill 12,000 items from Smith’s early years and post-basketball life. They will be part of the Southern Historical Collection at the Wilson Special Collections Library.The collection contains school projects and newspaper clippings from Smith’s childhood in Emporia, Kansas, and personal letters and spee
  • Research Libraries: ARL Leadership Fellows 2018–2019 Selected

    From the Association of Research Libraries:
    The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellows program facilitates the development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives. The Association has selected 30 individuals to participate in the 2018–2019 cohort of this executive leadership program.
    In response to a continued need to develop future leaders of ARL member institutions, the ARL Leadership Fellows program is designed to build
  • University of Florida: LibraryPress@UF Launches a New Open Books Series Providing Free Classic Works on Florida and the Caribbean

    From The Florida BookShelf Blog:The LibraryPress@UF, an imprint of the University of Florida Press and the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, is proud to announce the Florida and the Caribbean Open Books Series.
    This series makes available for free 39 classic out of print books on the region under an Open Access model.
    It is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the Humanities Open Book Program.
    Books in the serie
  • “Populism” Chosen as 2017 Cambridge Dictionary “Word of the Year”

    The Cambridge Dictionary is published by the Cambridge University Press.
    From the Cambridge Dictionary Blog:
    On 22 January 2017, as a polarizing candidate was being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, searches for the word inauguration on the online Cambridge Dictionary spiked. But so did searches for the word populism because, on that same day, Pope Francis warned against a rising tide of populism in a widely reported interview with 
  • Privacy: Supreme Court Frets Over Erosion of Privacy in Digital Age

    UPDATE December 1, 2017 Audio Recording Of Oral Argument Now Available (via Oyez)
    UPDATE: Transcript of November 29, 2017 Oral Argument Before U.S. Supreme Court Now Available
    From the AP:
    Worried about the erosion of privacy amid technological advances, the Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it might restrain the government’s ability to track Americans’ movements through collection of their cellphone information.
    The justices heard a case in which the government obtained 127 days
  • Digital Privacy: Supreme Court Frets Over Erosion of Privacy in Digital Age

    UPDATE: Transcript of November 29, 2017 Oral Argument Before U.S. Supreme Court Now Available
    NOTE: AUDIO RECORDING of Oral Argument Will Be Available On Friday, December 1, 2017.
    From the AP:
    Worried about the erosion of privacy amid technological advances, the Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it might restrain the government’s ability to track Americans’ movements through collection of their cellphone information.
    The justices heard a case in which the government obtained 127 days
  • New Online: GPO Releases Digitized Issues of the Federal Register for 1970-1979

    From the GPO:
    The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) digitally release historic issues of the Federal Register from 1970-1979. The complete collection of issues of the Federal Register from 1970 to present is now available digitally on GPO’s govinfo. 
    This project is digitizing a total of 14,587 individual issues, dating back to the first Federal Register in 1936. Nearly two million pages are being digitized.
  • New Online: GPO Releases Digitized Issues of the Federal Register (1970-1979)

    From the GPO:
    The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) digitally release historic issues of the Federal Register from 1970-1979. The complete collection of issues of the Federal Register from 1970 to present is now available digitally on GPO’s govinfo. 
    This project is digitizing a total of 14,587 individual issues, dating back to the first Federal Register in 1936. Nearly two million pages are being digitized.
  • News Roundup (November 29, 2017)

    1. Now Available: Video Recordings of Presentations From the Smithsonian Digitization Fair 2017 (Playlist)7 videos. The 2017 Digitization Fair took place on October 18-19, 2017.  Conference Program.2. At the British Library: Crowdsourcing Using IIIF and Web Annotations (via BL Digital Scholarship Blog)
    3. Chalmers University of Technology Named First FOLIO Beta Partner for EBSCO Information Service
    4. Joint Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and W3C Releases Call For Sponsors F
  • NIH’s All of Us Research Program Partners with the National Library of Medicine to Reach Communities Through Local Libraries

    NIH’s All of Us Research Program and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have teamed up to raise awareness about the program, a landmark effort to advance precision medicine. Through this collaboration, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has received a $4.5 million award to support community engagement efforts by public libraries across the United States and to improve participant access.
  • New Online: A British Museum and Google Partnership Allows Users to Explore the Heritage of the Maya of Central America

    From The British Museum Blog:
    Over the past year, the British Museum has been collaborating with Google Arts and Culture on a project to digitally preserve the Museum’s collection of casts and glass plate photographs of ancient Maya sites and monuments. This unparalleled repository of Maya writing and iconography is the legacy of Alfred Percival Maudslay, a Victorian ‘explorer’ whose life and work contributed immeasurably to the study of the ancient Maya from Central
  • AAU-APLU Working Group Releases Report, Recommendations on Ensuring Public Access to Research Data

    From the Association of American Universities (AAU) and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU):The Association of American Universities (AAU) and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today released a report that details actions universities and federal agencies can take to ensure public access to federally-sponsored research data.
    “Ensuring that research data are more accessible clearly has tremendous potential to fuel scientific analysis and disc
  • MIT Engineers at Develop New 3-D Printer That’s 10 Times Faster than Commercial Counterparts

    From MIT News:
    MIT engineers have developed a new desktop 3-D printer that performs up to 10 times faster than existing commercial counterparts. Whereas the most common printers may fabricate a few Lego-sized bricks in one hour, the new design can print similarly sized objects in just a few minutes.The key to the team’s nimble design lies in the printer’s compact printhead, which incorporates two new, speed-enhancing components: a screw mechanism that feeds polymer material through a
  • New Journal Article: “Use of Louisiana’s Digital Cultural Heritage by Wikipedians”

    The following article was published online today by the Journal of Web Librarianship. The full text is available to all (no paywall).Title
    Use of Louisiana’s Digital Cultural Heritage by Wikipedians
    Elizabeth Joan Kelly
    Loyola University New OrleansORCiD ID: 0000-0002-7306-3331
    Journal of Web Librarianship
    Analysis of how cultural heritage institutions’ (CHI) digital assets are being cited on Wikipedia can be beneficial to understanding user needs and interests
  • NLM Announces 2018 Michael E. DeBakey Fellows in the History of Medicine

    Following its June 8, 2017, call for applications to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, the NLM is pleased to announce its 2018 DeBakey Fellows
  • Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Launches “Discovery Virginia” Digital Archive Featuring More than 6,000 Assets, Projects

    From Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH):
    On Monday, November 20, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) launched one of the nation’s first digital repositories created by a humanities council to preserve its own content. Titled, Discovery Virginia, the digital archive contains more than 6,000 of VFH’s preserved assets and projects since the organization’s founding in 1974.
    The free digital archive is accessible to the public online at DiscoveryVirginia
  • Say Hello to allofPLOS: Public Library of Science Announces Unrestricted, No Conditions Text and Data Mining Access to Entire PLOS Corpus

    From an Official PLOS Blog Post by Sheryl Denker:
    A study posted on bioRxiv found that text mining full articles gave significantly better information that mining abstracts only, as expected. However, the authors of this study described challenges in the way content was presented and in the need to obtain copyright permissions. In addition to content availability and license status, support for early adopters and training for future practitioners are also cited as barrie
  • CRL Releases Videos From “New Directions for Libraries, Scholars, and Partnerships: An International Symposium”

    New Directions for Libraries, Scholars, and Partnerships: An International Symposium organized and sponsored by the the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) took place on Friday, October 13, 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany.
    From the Symposium Web Site:
    What challenges confront 21st- century research libraries in Europe and North America? How can libraries more deeply engage and support scholars throughout the full life cycle of learning, digital scholarship, and interdisciplinary research partnerships

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