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DPLA and FamilySearch Partner to Expand Access to Digitized Historical Books Online

“In concert with the American Library Association national conference in Orlando, Florida, this week, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and FamilySearch International, the largest genealogy organization in the world, have signed an agreement that will expand
access to FamilySearch.org’s growing free digital historical book collection to DPLA’s broad audience of users including genealogists, researchers, family historians, students, and more. Family history/genealogy continues to be a popular and growing hobby. And FamilySearch is a leader in the use of technology to digitally preserve the world’s historic records and books of genealogical relevance for easy search and access online. With this new partnership, DPLA will incorporate metadata from FamilySearch.org’s online digital book collection that will make more than 200,000 family history books discoverable through DPLA’s search portal later this year. From DPLA, users will be able to access the free, fully viewable digital books on FamilySearch.org.”

Study – How Usable Are School Library Websites?

Chow, Anthony S., Rebecca J. Morris, Amy Figley, Karla Regan, Samantha Lam, and Jessica Sherard. How Usable Are School Library Websites? A Random Sample from All Fifty States. Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults 7 (2016): n. page. Web. “This study examines the basic design layout, content, and usability of 300 randomly sampled… Continue Reading

LLSDC announces new sources and tools to research the Federal Register and CRF

Via Rick McKinney – “The Legislative Research Special Interest Section of the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C. is pleased to announce the availability of two new items on its Legislative Source Book entitled “Sources and Tools to the Federal Register and Sources and Tools to the Code of Federal Regulations. The new websites attempt… Continue Reading

Getty Research Portal Grows with a New Design and More Than 100,000 Digitized Volumes

Annie Rana – Getty Blog – “Marking the occasion of its four-year anniversary, the Getty Research Portal™ has been rebuilt and redesigned, making it easier to explore the digitized literature of art history. The Portal is a catalog providing free access to books and journals made available online by contributing institutions. A project of the… Continue Reading

The high cost and complex barriers to open access knowledge

Via ars technica uk this is a long read that documents the long, circuitous, challenging and unfulfilled promise of access to human knowledge provided without impediments specific to economic or social status, country of origin, age, ethnicity, i.e., for everyone – Open access: All human knowledge is there—so why can’t everybody access it? “…imagine, for… Continue Reading

Strategic Technology strengthens the Capacity of Libraries to serve their Communities

BREEDING, Marshall (2016) Strategic Technology strengthens the Capacity of Libraries to serve their Communities. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH – Connections. Collaboration. Community in Session 137 – Information Technology. “In this era where libraries face enormous pressures in terms of inadequate funding and increasing demands for their services, technology plays a… Continue Reading

Shelley’s Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family

“This exhibition is a collaboration between the Bodleian Libraries and the New York Public Library. It unites two great collections to chart the history and reputation of a great literary family that was blessed with genius but marred by tragedy.” Continue Reading

How Descriptive Metadata Changes in the UNT Libraries’ Collections: A Case Study

Tarver, Hannah; Zavalina, Oksana; Phillips, Mark Edward; Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw & Shakeri, Shadi. How Descriptive Metadata Changes in the UNT Libraries’ Collection: A Case Study. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc406345/. Accessed June 3, 2016. “This paper reports results of an exploratory quantitative analysis of metadata versioning in a large-scale digital library hosted by University of North… Continue Reading

Learn how to fight fraud – at your library!

Carol Kando-Pineda – Counsel, FTC’s Division of Consumer & Business Education: …we have developed resources to address…needs for: people with challenges reading English, older patrons, Spanish-speakers, identity theft victims, new arrivals, and families looking to start a conversation with kids about digital literacy and living life online. Coming soon are tips and tools to address… Continue Reading

Set your data free and reap the rewards

“…Make data available. So what do you do? Many disciplines, universities, and federal agencies have started to build repositories, slowly filling caverns of data to mine. The best ones allow for easy uploading and a pathway to making these observations machine-readable, with provenance information and metadata inseparable from the pudding that is your data. Well-known… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Should Colorado court documents be free on public library computers?

Via LLRX.com – Should Colorado court documents be free on public library computers? – Jeff Roberts of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition raises the question of expanding free public access to court documents in Colorado. Specifically, he identifies the only location where a non-lawyer can view and request copies of all civil court documents… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Law Firm Libraries Cannot Simply Be A Service…It Must Be A Strategic Partner

Via LLRX.com – Law Firm Libraries Cannot Simply Be A Service…It Must Be A Strategic Partner Greg Lambert speaks to fellow Law Librarians, Knowledge Managers and law firm info pros from a pro-active position as he addresses the increasingly prevalent issue of outsourcing critical librarian staff. Institutional knowledge, excellent communications skills, teaching and training competency,… Continue Reading