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ALA report provides practical advice about adopting 3D printers in libraries

“The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) today released Progress in the Making: Librarians’ Practical 3D Printing Questions Answered. Co-authored by 3DPrint360 CEO Zach Lichaa and ALA Senior Policy Analyst Charlie Wapner, the document poses and answers sixteen practical questions related to establishing 3D printing as a library service. All of the questions were fielded from library professionals interested in 3D printing technology. “Libraries represent the public on-ramp to the world of 3D printing and design,” said Dan Lee, chair of OITP’s Advisory Committee. “Library professionals who have adopted, or are looking to adopt, a 3D printer must answer questions related to printer operation and maintenance, workflow management, cost recovery, patron safety, and much more. As a by-product of OITP’s policy advocacy on 3D printers and libraries, once again OITP is doing great work for libraries in providing this practical information to assist library professionals.” Libraries are democratizing access to, and facilitating learning through, 3D printing technology,” said Lichaa. “We need to make sure they have the necessary technical know-how to keep that trend going.” 3DPrint360 is a New York based company dedicated to serving newcomers to 3D printing and enthusiasts with advice and reliable products…”

Yad Vashem Transport Project: Rationale and Terminology

“Since 2007 the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem has been studying the transports as an extensive phenomenon that transcended individual states, rather than in the context of a study of the Holocaust in a specific country or a single community. The transports are being studied as an historic event, one that isContinue Reading

Amber, a Free Tool for Bloggers, Website Owners, Now Distributed on

“The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to announce that Amber, an open-source software tool that preserves content and prevents broken links, has been promoted to full project status on When installed on a blog or website, Amber can take a snapshot of the content of every linked page,Continue Reading

Addressing the Challenges with Organizational Identifiers and ISNI

Via OCLC – Addressing the Challenges with Organizational Identifiers and ISNI – “Organizational affiliations of the creators of works are important to a variety of stakeholders, including academic administrators, funders, publishers, repository managers, software developers, rights agencies, and individual researchers. Identifying and tracking these affiliations can be challenging, as organizations may be known by aContinue Reading

Anything can happen in the Zone: Library and Departmental Change Driven by Migration to a Cloud-based Library Management System

Anything can happen in the Zone: Library and Departmental Change Driven by Migration to a Cloud-based Library Management System, Josh Petrusa, Library Leadership & Management (LL&M) , Vol 30, No 3 (2016) Abstract – “Butler University Libraries had already made progressive changes in public services areas, but Technical Services remained unchanged and bound to legacyContinue Reading

Tackling complexity in an interdisciplinary scholarly network: Requirements for semantic publishing

Via First Monday – Tackling complexity in an interdisciplinary scholarly network: Requirements for semantic publishing, Nora Schmidt, Volume 21, Number 5 – 2 May 2016 “Scholarly communication is complex. The clarification of concepts like “academic publication”, “document”, “semantics” and “ontology” facilitates tracking the limitations and benefits of the media of the current publishing system, asContinue Reading to Retire July 5

News from the Library of Congress: “, the online legislative information system, will officially retire July 5, completing the multi-year transition to “The Library is well-positioned for the future with,” said Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao. “Free access to legislative information that anyone can search for and read is central toContinue Reading

Paper – The Evolution of Wikipedia’s Norm Network

The Evolution of Wikipedia’s Norm Network – Bradi Heaberlin and Simon DeDeoFuture, Internet 2016, 8(2), 14; doi:10.3390/fi8020014 “Social norms have traditionally been difficult to quantify. In any particular society, their sheer number and complex interdependencies often limit a system-level analysis. One exception is that of the network of norms that sustain the online Wikipedia community.Continue Reading

Shining a Light on Scientific Data: Building a Data Catalog to Foster Data Sharing and Reuse

Shining a Light on Scientific Data: Building a Data Catalog to Foster Data Sharing and Reuse, by Ian Lamb and Catherine Larson. Code{4}Lib Journal, Issue 32, 2016-04-25. “The scientific community’s growing eagerness to make research data available to the public provides libraries — with our expertise in metadata and discovery — an interesting new opportunity.Continue Reading

GPO – Univ Florida Make Historical Panama Canal Pubs Available on Govinfo

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office and the George A. Smather’s Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) make the digital versions of the Panama Canal Commission publications, and its predecessor agencies, available on GPO’s govinfo.  Link: The collection contains a variety of publications that provide a glimpse into the workings of the Canal andContinue Reading

Lewis Carroll Photography Collection

Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas: “Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) Photography Collection – Writing under the name Lewis Carroll, Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832–1898) was one of the major literary figures of Britain’s Victorian Age. Of equal significance, however, was his emergence as one of the most important photographers of the era. In 1856,Continue Reading

Google Books case ends as Supreme Court will not intervene “The Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene in a case examining whether Alphabet Inc.’s Google engaged in copyright infringement when it scanned millions of books and made them searchable online, a final blow to authors who sued the company. The justices, in a brief written order, said they won’t take up an appeal by theContinue Reading