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Authors join national protest against UK library closures

Alice Ross – The Guardian – “Authors will join hundreds of protesters in the first national demonstration to protect library services held in London on Saturday, in response to a string of closures over the past five years. The children’s laureate, Chris Riddell, and the former children’s laureate Michael Rosen as well as the shadow… Continue Reading

Aggregating and Representing Collections in the Digital Public Library of America

“The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs), and makes them freely available to the world. LAMs share much in common, but can differ widely in description practices. Archives, in particular, differ from the other two in the use of hierarchical description that situates materials… Continue Reading

Books students at top US colleges are required to read

Quartz: “The leaders of tomorrow will be well versed in dead philosophers, according to a new database of college syllabi.The Open Syllabus Project, a collection of over 1 million curricula from English-language colleges and universities over the past 15 years, released its data on Friday (Jan. 22, 2016). Plato, Hobbes, Machiavelli, and Aristotle overwhelmingly dominate… Continue Reading

Fox News personality attacks libraries – response is swift, expert and factual – go figure

Inside Higher Ed: “Former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Monday provoked the ire of academic librarians after she suggested their institutions are “vanity projects” and that the services they provide — from acquiring scholarly journals and serving as a starting point for research to preserving materials and training faculty members and students —… Continue Reading

PLA releases first Project Outcome Annual Report

“The Public Library Association (PLA) has launched the first Project Outcome Annual Report. Access the 2016 Annual Report to analyze survey results, learn what patrons benefited from most, and see what Project Outcome and participating libraries did in the first year to make Project Outcome a success. PLA’s Project Outcome is a FREE toolkit designed… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Forensic Business Development Research

Via – Forensic Business Development Research – Legal marketing and business development expert Eric Dewey defines a new term for a multifaceted expert work product and deliverable that librarians are uniquely positioned to develop, implement and manage in a critical leadership role for customers. Continue Reading

Secrecy News reports portions of CIA Records Search Tool will be posted for public access

FAS – Secrecy News – Steven Aftergood: “The Central Intelligence Agency said this week that it will post its database of declassified CIA documents online, making them broadly accessible to all interested users. The database, known as CREST (for CIA Records Search Tool), contains more than 11 million pages of historical Agency records that have… Continue Reading

Search thousands of historical documents from the Nuremberg trials

“The Harvard Law School Library uniquely owns and manages approximately one million pages of documents relating to the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and the subsequent twelve trials of other accused Nazi war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT) during the period… Continue Reading

Finding the Public Domain – The Copyright Review Management System

Issue Brief – Finding the Public Domain – The Copyright Review Management System, Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer, University of Michigan, Ithaka S+R. October 26, 2016. “The public domain is the ultimate open access. It is key to the bargain of copyright. Rather simplistically, in order to incentivize authors to produce works, the public, through… Continue Reading

MIT Libraries launch “Public Access QuickSubmit”

“The Libraries has launched a “quicksubmit” web form to help MIT authors comply with research funder public access requirements for articles. We built the form in response to the Department of Energy’s public access plan, released in 2014, which requires researchers to submit accepted manuscripts reporting on DOE-funded work to an open access repository like… Continue Reading

The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers – Infographic

Infographic, The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers and Their Imprints, “Rectangles are either divisions, groups, imprints or publishing lines.” This is the work of Ali Almossawi [who “works on the data science team at Mozilla and is an alumnus of MIT’s Engineering Systems Division (M.S.) and Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science (M.S.) “]  The… Continue Reading

Paper – Overly Honest Data Repository Development

Overly Honest Data Repository Development. “After a year of development, the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has launched a repository, called the Illinois Data Bank (, to provide Illinois researchers with a free, self-serve publishing platform that centralizes, preserves, and provides persistent and reliable access to Illinois research data. This article presents… Continue Reading