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HathiTrust Research Center releases computational tool for digital humanities scholars

“The HathiTrust Research Center is pleased to announce the release of its Extracted Features Dataset, a dataset derived from 4.8 million public domain volumes, totaling over 1.8 billion pages currently available in the HathiTrust Digital Library collection. The dataset includes over 734 billion words, dozens of languages, and spans multiple centuries. The release of thisContinue Reading

Open Context Web-based research data publication

“Open Context reviews, edits, and publishes archaeological research data and archives data with university-backed repositories, including the California Digital Library….Data Sharing as Publication The research community increasingly expects access to high-quality data. Open Context specializes in the review, documentation, and publication of research data contributed by scholars. Open Context data publications can complement and enhanceContinue Reading

Report – Orphan Works and Mass Digitization

“The Copyright Office is reviewing the problem of orphan works under U.S. copyright law in continuation of its previous work on the subject and to advise Congress on possible next steps for the United States. The Office has long shared the concern with many in the copyright community that the uncertainty surrounding the ownership statusContinue Reading

Smithsonian Digitizes For Download 40,000 Works of Asian and American Art

Via OpenCulture: “Like many major museums all over the world—including the National Gallery, the Rijksmuseum, The British Library, and over 200 others—the Freer/Sackler has made its collection, all of it, available to view online. You can also download much of it. See delicate 16th century Iranian watercolors like “Woman with a spray of flowers” (top), powerfulContinue Reading

Taming the World “Wild” Web with Metadata for Everyone

Taming the World “Wild” Web with Metadata for Everyone by Joan Weeks, Cooperative and Instructional Programs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC. [to be presented at IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC 2015) in Cape Town, South Africa.] “Librarians create files that are uploaded on their library websites with little or no metadata whichContinue Reading

NIH approves strategic vision to transform National Library of Medicine

New release via Ben Amata:  “National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., today approved a federal report that lays out the long-term scientific vision for the NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library. This vision, presented today at the 110th meeting of the Advisory Committee to the DirectorContinue Reading

How do libraries manage the ethical and privacy issues of RFID implementation?

How do libraries manage the ethical and privacy issues of RFID implementation? A qualitative investigation into the decision-making processes of ten libraries, Stuart Ferguson, University of Canberra, Australia; Clare Thornley, University College Dublin, Ireland; Forbes Gibb, University of Strathclyde, UK. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science June 2015 vol. 47 no. 2 117-130. “This paperContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Journalism Resources on the Internet

Via LLRX.com – Journalism Resources on the Internet: Marcus P. Zillman’s new guide is a selective, comprehensive bibliography of reliable, subject specific and actionable sources of journalism resources and sites for researchers in all sectors. This guide will support your goal to discover new sources, refresh your acquaintance with sources you know but that haveContinue Reading

Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee’s Archive Donated to Harry Ransom Center

News release: “The archive of Ben Bradlee (1921-2014), former editor of The Washington Post, has been donated to the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. With many of the materials spanning the era of Bradlee’s editorial tenure at the Post from 1965 to 1991, theContinue Reading

NSA surveillance: how librarians have been on the front line to protect privacy

Dan Roberts – The Guardian UK – “In the hours before US senators voted to take on the might of the National Security Agency this week, their inboxes were deluged with more than 2,200 supportive emails from a most unlikely group of revolutionaries: America’s librarians. Their contribution to the passage of the USA Freedom ActContinue Reading

Letter to ABA Journal by Law Library Services Expert

RESEARCH ANGELS – “Regarding “100 Innovations in the Law,” April: Another major change is the active role of librarians as knowledge management, research, business development and corporate intelligence, records, recruiting, CLE, and litigation and practice support specialists—and anything else you can think of, because we have the research skills most other legal professionals lack.” LucyContinue Reading

Congress.gov adds new features

Please see the full posting by Andrew Weber: “So far, 2015 has been a great year for Congress.gov.  First, we launched email alerts in February. Then, we added treaty documents and more in March.  With today’s update, improvements have been made to search (results, command line and advanced), alerts, browse, and accessibility. The Federalist Papers haveContinue Reading