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Internet Archives Syncing Catalogs with thousands of Libraries in 120 Countries through OCLC

Internet Archives: “We are pleased to announce that the Internet Archive and OCLC have agreed to synchronize the metadata describing our digital books with OCLC’s WorldCat. WorldCat is a union catalog that itemizes the collections of thousands of libraries in more than 120 countries that participate in the OCLC global cooperative. What does this mean for readers? When the synchronization work is complete, library patrons will be able to discover the Internet Archive’s collection of 2.5 million digitized monographs through the libraries around the world that use OCLC’s bibliographic services. Readers searching for a particular volume will know that a digital version of the book exists in our collection. With just one click, readers will be taken to to examine and possibly borrow the digital version of that book. In turn, readers who find a digital book at will be able, with one click, to discover the nearest library where they can borrow the hard copy. There are additional benefits: in the process of the synchronization, OCLC databases will be enriched with records describing books that may not yet be represented in WorldCat…We believe this partnership will be a win-win-win for libraries and for learners around the globe. Better discovery, richer metadata, more books borrowed and read. Read the OCLC press release.”

New on LLRX – The State of Law Library eBooks 2017-18 Part One: The Landscape

Via – The State of Law Library eBooks 2017-18 Part One: The Landscape – Ellyssa Kroski is the Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute and an award-winning editor and author of 36 books. In Part One of a three part series for LLRX, she describes the current landscape of eBooks… Continue Reading

UN Office for Disarmament Affairs Launches Disarmament Digital Documents Library

“The Disarmament Digital Documents Library is a specialised archive that provides quick and easy access to an extensive collection of United Nations disarmament-related documents in one convenient location. It includes historical documents of the first General Assembly session and reports from the Special Sessions on Disarmament (SSOD-I, SSOD-II and SSOD-III), disarmament-related meetings and conferences, and… Continue Reading

Reference & User Services Quarterly Online Open Access

Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) Vol 57, No 1 (2017) Fall DOI: “Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) is the official journal of the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association. The purpose of RUSQ is to disseminate information of interest to librarians in areas such as: Reference services collection… Continue Reading

NYT – How Russia harvested American rage to reshape US politics

Nicholas Confessore and Daisuke Wakabayashi – The New York Times –  “YouTube videos of police beatings on American streets. A widely circulated internet hoax about Muslim men in Michigan collecting welfare for multiple wives. A local news story about two veterans brutally mugged on a freezing winter night.  All of these were recorded, posted or… Continue Reading

NISO Publishes Standards Tag Suite (NISO STS) Standard

NISO news release: “The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a new American National Standard, STS: Standards Tag Suite, ANSI/NISO Z39.102-2017 <>. The purpose of this “standard for standards,” which will be known as NISO STS, is to define a suite of XML elements and attributes that describes the full-text content and… Continue Reading

26 Facts about Libraries

Via John Green – MentalFloss – “A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week (episode 158), John tells you about one of his favorite things, libraries (on YouTube). Lots of interesting historical facts as well as current information on how libraries are engaging with and leveraging technology to provide… Continue Reading

Publishers seek removal of millions of papers from ResearchGate

Academic social network accused of infringing copyright on a massive scale: “Leading publishers are stepping up their fight against ResearchGate by ordering the academic social network to take down papers that they say infringe copyright. The move could see millions of articles removed from the site, as the publishers say up to 40 per cent… Continue Reading

LC – A Redesigned Portal for Librarians and Archivists

Library of Congress Blog – “The Library of Congress provides many resources to support information professionals worldwide. To streamline access to that content, we’ve redesigned our portal for librarians and archivists. The new portal highlights the standard library functions of acquisitions, bibliographic access, preservation and public service, providing an overview of these activities at the… Continue Reading

UN – Scanned copies of Statistical Yearbooks from 1948 – 2016

Digitization Team of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, United Nations Department of Public Information “The scanned copies of Statistical Yearbooks are available in this section back to the first issue from 1948. Over the past 60 years or more, while the Yearbook has remained a consistent reference book for statistical tables produced by international organisations, much… Continue Reading

GPO Launches New Federal Bookstore Website

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) launches a newly designed, user-friendly U.S. Government Online Bookstore. The site features a simple, mobile-friendly navigation that connects the user to more than four thousand titles on topics from the Federal Government. GPO started making Government publications available for sale in the 1920s with a retail bookstore and… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Picturing the Law

Via LLRX – Picturing the Law – While Lyonette Louis-Jacques was conducting research on the subject of illustrated law books, she identified the extensive work of her colleague, Michael Widener – Yale Lillian Goldman Law Library. Mike has shared his research in a number of presentations and lectures that Lyo identifies for us, in addition… Continue Reading