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The Library in the Life of the User

The Library in the Life of the User: Engaging with People Where They Live and Learn – Compiled and co-authored by Lynn Silipigni Connaway “This compilation provides a sequential overview of some of our user behavior research findings that articulate the need for the design of future library services to be all about the user. Continue Reading

LawLib is a free law library for your Apple products

“LawLibe™ is a law library for your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod Touch®. LawLibe™ is a free app that comes preloaded with the U.S. Constitution. Then you can download additional legal content directly into the app, including the U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, State Statutes, the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, and more! Features: •Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Unpacking and overcoming “edutainment” in library instruction

Via – Unpacking and overcoming “edutainment” in library instruction – Within our field, and more widely, there is a way of thinking that equates effective teaching with effective entertaining. This way of thinking can be referred to as a “discourse of edutainment.” It underpins some of the publications and conversations that encourage librarians toContinue Reading

Yale MeSH Analyzer – Free Web Search Tool

Searching for Excellence at the NAHSL Conference Blog Post by Hongjie Wang October 23, 2015 “The Yale MeSH Analyzer,” a new web-based search tool introduced at the [2015 North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries] meeting Contributed Papers Session by Holly Grossetta Nardini and Lei Wang, took us all by storm.  This excellent MeSH Analyzer saves timeContinue Reading

The Cost of Used Books Plummets as Availability Swells

New York Times – A Penny for Your Books By Dan Nosowitzoct, October 26, 2015: “…in recent years, my bookshelves have swelled. Old John le Carré and Donald E. Westlake and Lawrence Block titles are easier than ever to find online, along with pretty much every other book published in the last century. They’re allContinue Reading

Harvard Law School Library Embarks on Expansive Digitization Project

Erik Eckholm, NYT: “Shelves of law books are an august symbol of legal practice, and no place, save the Library of Congress, can match the collection at Harvard’s Law School Library. Its trove includes nearly every state, federal, territorial and tribal judicial decision since colonial times — a priceless potential resource for everyone from legalContinue Reading

Enriching Europeana: new EuropeanaTech Task Force report

Antoine Isaac, Juliane Stiller – EuropeanaPro – “Today we’re pleased to publish the report from the EuropeanaTech Task Force on Evaluation and Enrichment. Semantic metadata enrichments can be hugely beneficial for searching Europeana in different languages and adding context to resources accessible via Europeana. Add enrichments that are incorrect or ambiguous, however, and the benefitsContinue Reading

Library of Congress 2015 DMCA 1201 Rules

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS U.S. Copyright Office 37 CFR Part 201 [Docket No. 2014-07] Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies. AGENCY: U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress. ACTION: Final rule. “In this final rule, the Librarian of Congress adopts exemptions to the provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright ActContinue Reading

Challenges to scholarly journal paywalls take several directions

The prohibitive cost of e-journal subscriptions and the wealth of critical research articles available only for fee continues to reverberate in different directions as individuals and groups work to bypass paywalls. Aaron Swartz spearheaded these efforts in 2013 when he downloaded millions of articles through MIT’s JSTOR account.  More recently, efforts to broaden access toContinue Reading

JSTOR Daily – free online magazine

“JSTOR Daily offers a fresh way for people to understand and contextualize their world. Our writers provide insight, commentary, and analysis of ideas, research, and current events, tapping into the rich scholarship on JSTOR, a digital library of more than 2,000 academic journals, dating back to the first volume ever published, along with thousands of monographs,Continue Reading

22 Former CRS Employees Support Free Public Access to CRS reports

From the October 22, 2015 letter [via Politico]: “Dear Chairman Blunt, Chairman Capito, Chairman Miller, Chairman Graves, Ranking Member Schumer, Ranking Member Schatz, Ranking Member Brady, Ranking Member Wasserman Schultz, and Vice Chairman Harper: We are former employees of the Congressional Research Service (CRS), with more than a collective five hundred years with the agency.Continue Reading

Rovi and Michigan State University Establish Largest U.S. Library Media Collection

News release: “Rovi Corporation and Michigan State University (MSU) today announced that Rovi has donated a rare and valuable media collection to MSU. This donation establishes the largest media collection held by a library in the United States. The new “Rovi Media Collection” is comprised of close to one million CDs, Blu-Rays, DVDs, and videoContinue Reading