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Category Archives: Libraries

New on LLRX – Digital preservation is hard when older content can fall through cracks

Via LLRX.comDigital preservation is hard when older content can fall through cracks – Implementation of new content management systems that govern the web and often render older pages and sites inaccessible create access barriers for researchers seeking to access older content across subject areas. TeleRead Editor Chris Meadows describes the problem, the implications and a possible solution.

UK Leadership for Libraries Taskforce

UK Gov – Department for Culture, Media and Sport – Corporate report Leadership for Libraries Taskforce: six month progress report April – September 2015. Published 26 November 2015. “The library can be the buzzing heart of a local community, or a peaceful space for quiet reflection; it’s a source of information, entertainment and inspiration; aContinue Reading

UK Bookseller Association and ‘Civilised Saturday’

Via Good – Forget Black Friday—Spend ‘Civilised Saturday’ in an Independent Bookstore Instead by Rafi Schwartz “There is a certain sense of specifically English pride involved in the event, a backlash to what’s perceived as the American vibe of Black Friday, a fairly new addition to the British calendar. “Black Friday appeared quite suddenly in the U.K., and sinceContinue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving and Please Consider Supporting beSpacific

Happy Thanksgving! If you read beSpacific and my research is useful to you, please support this site by donating the cost of a cup of coffee – $4 – or any another amount, such $10, $15, $20…using the link on selected postings Please consider making a contribution to beSpacific, even if you can only buyContinue Reading

The Statutes at Large Modernization Act

The Statutes at Large Modernization Act (H.R. 4006) Introduced by Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA). Endorsed by: Sunlight Foundation, R Street Institute, Demand Progress, Liberty Coalition, Data Transparency Coalition,, and Niskanen Center. “What is the United States Statutes at Large? Compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, one volume per sessionContinue Reading

OCLC – Roy Tennant’s Data Designed for Discovery

Via OCLC: “In this presentation, Senior Program Officer Roy Tennant explores the reasons behind the adoption of linked data for libraries; library initiatives intended to demonstrate the benefits of linked data and; and the applicability of library focused standards for solving the issue of library resource visibility. He also identifies how this approach will enableContinue Reading

Ancient History Encyclopedia

“Ancient History Encyclopedia is the global leader in ancient history content online, boasting the highest number of monthly visitors of any dedicated website…Our team of ten volunteers is passionate about history: We want to inspire our readers with the stories of the past, making history engaging and exciting. Here you’ll find high-quality articles, videos, interactive maps,Continue Reading

Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC’s Experiments with New Models of Resource Description

Carol Jean Godby, Shenghui Wang and Jeffrey K. Mixter – “This book describes OCLC’s efforts to help increase the visibility of library collections on the Web through the creation of library linked data—moving from a web of documents to a web of data. It focuses on the conceptual and technical challenges involved in publishing linked dataContinue Reading

Selected presentations available from Internet Librarian 2015

See which presentations are available for download (most are PDF or PPT).

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) RDF Linked Data (beta)

“The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is now offering a beta version of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) data in RDF (Resource Description Framework). RDF is a well-known standard for representing structured data on the Web. Systems that use RDF are often called Linked Data because of RDF emphasis on well-described links between resources. DuringContinue Reading

Technology may help reveal text of ancient papyrus scrolls

John Seabrook – The New Yorker: The Invisible Library – Can digital technology make the Herculaneum scrolls legible after two thousand years?  “The papyrus scrolls of Herculaneum, which were discovered in 1752, have long fascinated and frustrated lovers of antiquity. They were found in an elaborate villa buried almost ninety feet deep by the volcano—thisContinue Reading

GPO launches next generation of guide to US government

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) launched an updated and redesigned version of Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government. The educational website is named after one of our Nation’s most influential Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin.  The site is full of educational content on the workings of the U.S. Government and U.S. history. The updated siteContinue Reading