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Pew Report – Public Libraries and Hispanics

“When it comes to public libraries, immigrant Hispanics pose both a challenge and an opportunity to the library community. On the one hand, this group, which makes up half of the adult U.S. Hispanic population, is less likely than other Americans to have ever visited a U.S. public library and is much less likely toContinue Reading

Guide – References to Roman Law in US Courts

Dante Figueroa, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress: [snipped from the full posting here]: “I have previously written about the amazing collection of Roman law resources at the Law Library of Congress.  I noted that references to Roman law have been made in arguments before, and in decisions of, U.S.Continue Reading

Reorganizing Restructuring Research Libraries: Strategy and Value

“Staff at OCLC Research Library Partner institutions were invited to attend this webinar to learn more about shifting organizational structures in research libraries. We asked, you answered. Based on surveying and interviewing institutions in the OCLC Research Library Partnership, Jim Michalko shared observations about how academic libraries are innovatively changing their organizational structures to: moreContinue Reading

Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate

CRS – Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate. Angele A. Gilroy, Specialist in Telecommunications Policy. March 9, 2015. “As congressional policymakers continue to debate telecommunications reform, a major discussion point revolves around what approach should be taken to ensure unfettered access to the Internet. The move to place restrictions on the owners ofContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Emerging roles and possible futures for librarians and information professionals

Via LLRX – Emerging roles and possible futures for librarians and information professionals. Author, professor, editor, librarian – Bruce Rosenstein’s article addresses the following critical questions – What professional roles do you play as a librarian/information professional? How have they changed during your career? And perhaps most important, how do you see them changing andContinue Reading

Forecasting the Future of Libraries 2015

Trends in culture, community, and education point to increased potential for expanding the role of libraries of all types This special section focuses on some of the key trends shaping libraries. It pairs with American Libraries’ an­nual coverage of the ALA Emerging Leaders. These librar­ians are, after all, representative of a new wave of libraryContinue Reading

Leveraging Libraries in the 10-Year Capital Plan – NYC

“Now that the de Blasio Administration is breathing new life into the 10-year capital plan, public libraries have an important role to play. In testimony before the City Council’s Committees on Finance, Cultural Affairs & Libraries, CUF research director David Giles lays out what could be done” – This testimony was presented on February 24,Continue Reading

Seven ways to grow the e-book business while helping libraries and readers: Ideas based on my two decades of writing about it

Via LLRX.com –  Seven ways to grow the e-book business while helping libraries and readers: Ideas based on my two decades of writing about it –  E-book sales are not posting impressive sales increases, at least not among big publishers. One major reason is that much of the technology is difficult to use. Even increasedContinue Reading

Book review: ‘Bexar BiblioTech: The Evolution of the Country’s First All-digital Public Library’

Via LLRX.com – Book review: ‘Bexar BiblioTech: The Evolution of the Country’s First All-digital Public Library’ – David Rothman describes why the BiblioTech library in Bexar County, Texas is a landmark achievement worthy of implementation and iteration in towns and cities throughout the US. His article describes the success of this variation on a libraryContinue Reading

Librarians’ experiences and perceptions of Identity and Access Management

Librarians’ experiences and perceptions of Identity and Access Management, 2015. “Identity and access management plays a critical role in user experience. Like many core technologies, success can be defined by how well it keeps out of the user’s way expectations and behavior are rapidly evolving, necessitating integration with a growing range of related technologies, whichContinue Reading

A bibliometric mapping of open educational resources

A bibliometric mapping of open educational resources, Airton Zancanaro, José Leomar Todesco, Fernando Ramos, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL) Vol. 16, No. 1 (2015) “Open educational resources (OER) is a topic that has aroused increasing interest by researchers as a powerful contribution to improve the educational system quality andContinue Reading

The Persistence of the OCR Problem in Digital Repository E-Books

Kichuk, Diana. Loose, Falling Characters and Sentences: The Persistence of the OCR Problem in Digital Repository E-Books. Portal: Libraries and the Academy 15, no. 1 (2015): 59–91. doi:10.1353/pla.2015.0005. “The electronic conversion of scanned image files to readable text using optical character recognition (OCR) software and the subsequent migration of raw OCR text to e-book textContinue Reading