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Paper – Detecting US Federal Documents to Expand Access

Detecting US Federal Documents to Expand Access, Mike Furlough, HathiTrust, Ann Arbor;  Valerie Glenn, HathiTrust, Ann Arbor.

“This paper reports on HathiTrust’s Federal Documents Program, which facilitates collective action to create a comprehensive digital collection of United States government publications issued by the Government Printing Office and other agencies. Most government information is now produced and distributed digitally, but US research libraries, especially those that participate in the Federal Depository Library Program, hold large numbers of historical print publications that are difficult to discover, find, and use. In June 2016 HathiTrust held over 700,000 items identified as federal documents, but we know this to be only a fraction of what exists. Because of varied cataloging practices we have limited understanding of the number of federal documents at the title level, as well as the corresponding number of volumes, the number of pages, and their distribution across libraries in North America. All of these are important details necessary to plan comprehensive mass digitization of federal documents. A major component of HathiTrust’s program has been the development of the US Federal Documents Registry, envisioned as a reliable inventory of items published at the expense of the US government. The methodology employed for the Registry’s development includes extensive comparative bibliographic analysis, based upon more than 20 million records submitted by 40 libraries in response to a request from HathiTrust. This paper describes methods of de-duplication, relationship-detection, and record consolidation. While many potential use cases exist for such a registry, its primary role is as a tool for identification of materials to be digitized among HathiTrust member libraries and in partnership with other agencies and groups.”

New on LLRX – About Microaggressions

Via – About Microaggressions – Professor Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. discusses the concepts of microaggressions (including microassaults, microinsults and microinvalidations) specifically against LGBT individuals, and proposes some solutions to preventing microaggressions from occurring within one’s organization. Continue Reading

Cryptologic Library Catalogue Published

“The National Cryptologic Museum, located adjacent to the National Security Agency at Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland, has a reference library containing a collection of unclassified and declassified books and documents relating to every aspect of cryptology. The Museum Library has helpfully published its catalogue online upon request: CryptoLibraryCatalogue The home page for the National… Continue Reading

MSU McLellan Free Expression Online Library

“MSU Law’s First Amendment Law Clinic is the only clinical program in the country solely dedicated to the protection of student speech and press rights. Now, a $500,000 donation from leading Michigan attorney and MSU Law Trustee Richard D. McLellan will expand the clinic’s impact nationwide by creating a Free Expression Online Library and Resource… Continue Reading

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’s growing free digital historical book collection to DPLA’s broad audience of users including genealogists, researchers,… Continue Reading

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. 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