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No Paperwhite read-aloud for you! FCC again lets Amazon and friends diss people with disabilities

New on LLRXNo Paperwhite read-aloud for you! FCC again lets Amazon and friends diss people with disabilities.   David Rothman continues his reporting on the status of Text to Speech applications that have yet to be added to E-Ink readers due to the FCC’s extension of vendor exemptions from complying with a key benefit for the disabled that is part of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.

Denmark’s largest digital archive launched

The Copenhagen Post – “Denmark’s largest digital photo album with nearly two million images…open[ed] to the general public [February 20, 2015]. Danes will have access to the online database at Arkiv.dk, which includes 1,841,254  documents such as photos, diaries, letters, and sound and video recordings. Since the late 1980s, all items from the country’s moreContinue Reading

PSE Citation Database on Shale & Tight Gas Development

“This citation database provides bibliographic information, abstracts, and links to many of the vetted scientific papers housed in the PSE Healthy Energy Library, as well as other peer-reviewed journal articles. This database is a near exhaustive and evolving list of the peer-reviewed literature that directly pertains to shale and tight gas development. This literature is organizedContinue Reading

22 ideas win Knight News Challenge: Libraries

Knight Foundation Blog – Chris Barr – January 15, 2015: In September we launched the 12th Knight News Challenge, on libraries, asking the question, “How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?” Today we’re announcing 22 winners of that challenge, awarding the recipients a share of $3 million for theirContinue Reading

The Presidential Libraries Act and the Establishment of Presidential Libraries

CRS Report – The Presidential Libraries Act and the Establishment of Presidential Libraries – Wendy R. Ginsberg, Analyst in Government Organization and Management; Erika K. Lunder, Legislative Attorney; Daniel J. Richardson, Research Assistant. February 6, 2015. “The Presidential Libraries Act and the Establishment of Presidential Libraries Congressional Research Service Summary The Presidential Libraries Act (P.L.Continue Reading

NISO Webinar: Authority Control: Are You Who We Say You Are?

NISO Webinar Authority Control: Are You Who We Say You Are? Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Speakers: Simeon Warner, Director of Repository Development, Cornell University Library Laura Dawson, Product Manager, ProQuest Thomas Hickey, Chief Scientist, OCLC http://www.niso.org/news/events/2015/webinars/authority_control/ “In the world of authority control, it is a bit of an alphabet soup of acronyms. ORCID (Open ResearcherContinue Reading

Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research Adds Thousands of New Digitized Items

Via Katrina Stierholz, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – “additions to FRASER since its relaunch in October 2014 –  FRASER – the Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research – has added thousands of new items to its free digital library of economics and banking history and offers a wealth of primary and secondaryContinue Reading

Vint Cerf Calls for Development of Digital Vellum to Save Knowledge

The Guardian – “Humanity’s first steps into the digital world could be lost to future historians, Vint Cerf told the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in San Jose, California, warning that we faced a “forgotten generation, or even a forgotten century” through what he called “bit rot”, where old computer filesContinue Reading

Google Newspaper Archive

Google News Archive Search – “News archive content refers to content older than 30 days. Although archive search is no longer available within Google News, you can use Google Web Search to find the content that you’re looking for. Search for articles older than 30 days To find news articles that are older than 30Continue Reading

Information Overload: The Differences That Age Makes

Journal of Librarianship and Information Science January 18, 2015 0961000614566341. Jennifer C Benselin “Information overload has long been studied as a phenomenon that causes problems at the personal, social and organisational level. This study investigates overload from a new angle, that of the influence of age on perceptions of information overload. A combination of questionnaires,Continue Reading

Legislation Email Alerts on Congress.gov

News release via Andrew Weber – Moving from a 20-year-old system to our new, modern Congress.gov platform has many advantages. One of these is that, starting today, email alerts are available on Congress.gov.  There are three different types of alerts in this initial release: Member of Congress, legislation, and the Congressional Record.  Bill and memberContinue Reading

Google’s slow fade with librarians

medium.com article by  Jessamyn West – Written in response to Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job “Don’t get me wrong, we’re doing pretty great on our own, better than ever really. We’ve gotten a bit more independent, not putting all of our eggs into any one basket, gotten better at establishing boundaries.Continue Reading