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Category Archives: Libraries

Gigablast plans to power search for Internet Archive

News release: “Shortly after releasing its web search engine as open source and available for free download, Gigablast, Inc. has inked a deal with the Internet Archive. Gigablast has agreed to provide search for the archive’s 400+ billion web documents. After conducting tests, the Internet Archive found that its users prefer the quality of Gigablast’sContinue Reading

Search and Find Magazines Using Google Book Search

Use the advanced book search feature on Google Books to narrow your search to magazines only by choosing the Magazines radial button in the Content area. You may also search via magazine covers – here. [ResearchBuzz]

New on LLRX – Communication Problems through SharePoint

Via LLRX.com – Communication Problems through SharePoint – Lorette Weldon’s article is a gateway to training about how SharePoint uses a technology of programming without coding. Her pathfinder empowers librarians not familiar with database management to create a web part from within SharePoint that does not require any programming knowledge. As Weldon teaches us, theContinue Reading

Posters from SLA-All Sciences Virtual Poster Session

This site may be updated as a call has been issued for more contributions – Posters from the SLA Science-Technology Division All Sciences Virtual Poster Session [Via William Jacobs Sci-Tech Incoming Chair Science and Engineering Librarian University of Miami]

Stewardship of the Evolving Scholarly Record

Stewardship of the Evolving Scholarly Record: From the Invisible Hand to Conscious Coordination by Brian Lavoie and Constance Malpas, June 2015: “The scholarly record is increasingly digital and networked, while at the same time expanding in both the volume and diversity of the material it contains. The long-term future of the scholarly record cannot beContinue Reading

Free Ebook Foundation to promote access preservation of knowledge literature culture

“Two projects that have been building towards a sustainable ecosystem for free ebooks have joined together in a new non-profit corporation. The Free Ebook Foundation envisions a world where ebooks will be funded, distributed and maintained for the benefit of all, by coordinating the efforts and resources of many. Unglue.it and GITenberg, the two projectsContinue Reading

Job Opening – New Librarian of Congress

The Atlantic – Robinson Meyer: Experts say that a new librarian should digitize more works, raise more money—and use email. “The current librarian, James Billington, has held the title since his appointment by President Reagan in 1987. Though named by the president and confirmed by the Senate, the Librarian doesn’t change with every new WhiteContinue Reading

Paper – The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in Digital Era

PLOS ONE Open Access – “The consolidation of the scientific publishing industry has been the topic of much debate within and outside the scientific community, especially in relation to major publishers’ high profit margins. However, the share of scientific output published in the journals of these major publishers, as well as its evolution over timeContinue Reading

Drexel Law Librarian John Cannan Cited by U.S. Supreme Court in King v. Burwell

Via Peter J. Egler Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Thomas R. Kline School of Law Drexel University: “I am proud to report that our colleague John Cannan has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in its decision in King v. Burwell, issued today. The court cites John’s article from the Law Library Journal: “AContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Voice Dream text-to-speech reader to appear for Android in August

Via LLRX – Voice Dream text-to-speech reader to appear for Android in August David Rothman writes that the Voice Dream Reader comes with wonderful navigational and annotative capabilities as well as a rich assortment of voices. It is integrated with DropBox, Google Drive and EverNotes, and you can even download it directly from Project Gutenberg.

Project to move Wikipedia from computer to many books

NYT –  “The Wikipedia entry for “quixoticism” runs only about 255 words. But if anyone could argue for a personal mention, it might be Michael Mandiberg. For the past three years, he has been fully engaged in a project that might make even the most intrepid digital adventurer blush: transforming the English-language Wikipedia into anContinue Reading

HathiTrust Research Center adds 5 billion pages

News release: “…Partnering with close to 100 research libraries from around the world, HathiTrust holds about 595 terabytes of digitized textual data — that’s about 157 miles, or 10,000 tons of text. In 2010, HathiTrust launched the HTRC to help researchers around the world accomplish tera-scale data mining and textual analysis. The HTRC is aContinue Reading