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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. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc406345/. 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

Learn how to fight fraud – at your library!

Carol Kando-Pineda – Counsel, FTC’s Division of Consumer & Business Education: …we have developed resources to address…needs for: people with challenges reading English, older patrons, Spanish-speakers, identity theft victims, new arrivals, and families looking to start a conversation with kids about digital literacy and living life online. Coming soon are tips and tools to address… Continue Reading

Set your data free and reap the rewards

“…Make data available. So what do you do? Many disciplines, universities, and federal agencies have started to build repositories, slowly filling caverns of data to mine. The best ones allow for easy uploading and a pathway to making these observations machine-readable, with provenance information and metadata inseparable from the pudding that is your data. Well-known… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Should Colorado court documents be free on public library computers?

Via LLRX.com – Should Colorado court documents be free on public library computers? – Jeff Roberts of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition raises the question of expanding free public access to court documents in Colorado. Specifically, he identifies the only location where a non-lawyer can view and request copies of all civil court documents… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Law Firm Libraries Cannot Simply Be A Service…It Must Be A Strategic Partner

Via LLRX.com – Law Firm Libraries Cannot Simply Be A Service…It Must Be A Strategic Partner Greg Lambert speaks to fellow Law Librarians, Knowledge Managers and law firm info pros from a pro-active position as he addresses the increasingly prevalent issue of outsourcing critical librarian staff. Institutional knowledge, excellent communications skills, teaching and training competency,… Continue Reading

News Release – All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020

Press release, All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020, Europe makes a definitive choice for open access by 2020. 27 May 2016. [Wow!] “All scientific articles in Europe must be freely accessible as of 2020. EU member states want to achieve optimal reuse of research data. They are also looking into a… Continue Reading

The UNESCO/PERSIST Guidelines for selection of digital heritage for long-term preservation

UNESCO/PERSIST Content Task Force March 2016 – “The aim of the Guidelines is to provide an overarching starting point for libraries, archives, museums and other heritage institutions when drafting their own policies on the selection of digital heritage for long- term sustainable digital preservation. Existing institutional policies may be assessed against the Guidelines and revised… Continue Reading

Web Infrastructure to Support e-Journal Preservation (and More)

Web Infrastructure to Support e-Journal Preservation (and More) Herbert Van de Sompel, David S. H. Rosenthal, Michael L. Nelson (Submitted on 19 May 2016) “E-journal preservation systems have to ingest millions of articles each year. Ingest, especially of the “long tail” of journals from small publishers, is the largest element of their cost. Cost is… Continue Reading