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GPO Issues Digital Release of Historical Congressional Record for the 1950s

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1951-1960 on GPO’s govinfo (www.govinfo.gov). This release covers debates and proceedings of the 82nd thru the 86th Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as:

  • The final two years of President Harry Truman’s Administration
  • President Dwight Eisenhower’s Administration
  • The Korean War
  • The Cold War
  • The creation of NASA
  • Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956

“This latest digital release the Congressional Record now gives the public easy access to the historic debates of Congress from the 1950s to today on smartphones, tablets, laptops and personal computers,” said GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks. “GPO is honored to partner with the Library of Congress to continue to meet the needs of Congress and the American people.” GPO is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through www.govinfo.gov, partnerships with approximately 1,150 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program, and our secure online bookstore. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov.”

Paper – Working on an instructional repository: cataloguer, metadata specialist or something else?

Working on an instructional repository: cataloguer, metadata specialist or something else?. Research Data Librarian (Systems), University of Bath. Catalogue and Index via CILIP, the Library and Information Association (UK). “The Cardiff University repository team is currently part of a wider research support team that includes Open Access funding and advocacy, research analytics, and the recently-established… Continue Reading

Paper – Metadata for research data discovery and management

Metadata for research data discovery and management, Lizz Jennings, Research Data Librarian (Systems), University of Bath. Catalogue and Index via CILIP, the Library and Information Association (UK). “Requirements for sharing research data have increased in recent years, partly in response to the open science agenda and partly as a means to make better use of… Continue Reading

Institute of Museum and Library Services Funding Report by State FY 2011 – 2016

“This compilation of IMLS funding reports for all states and the District of Columbia includes detailed information, maps and charts about IMLS museum and library awards from FY 2011 to FY 2016. This is a nationwide file containing reports of all states. You may also find individual states’ IMLS funding report files on our website:… Continue Reading

Sideways Dictionary makes tech jargon more accessible

Engadget – ‘Sideways Dictionary’ simplifies tech jargon for the masses The Google/Washington Post venture uses analogies to explain “DDoS,” “cookie” and other terms. If you ever get confused about tech jargon (or want to clear up said confusion), a new tool from Google’s Jigsaw incubator and the Washington Post may help. The “Sideways Dictionary” uses… Continue Reading

WH Historical Assoc. Leverages Amazon Web Services to Expand Digitization of Historical Assets

News release: “The White House Historical Association [a private, non-profit organization founded in 1961 by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy]…announced [on June 21, 2017] a new innovative and strategic use of Amazon Web Services (AWS), expanding the Association’s digital archive and making educational materials more accessible to the public through the power of the AWS Cloud. … Continue Reading

New Career Development Resource Guide Published by the ALA Office for HR Dev

“The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is pleased to announce the publication of its comprehensive Career Development Resource Guide. It is intended to assist library staff at all levels —new graduates, mid- or senior-level career— in their job search and career journeys. The Guide has a wealth of information. It includes… Continue Reading

International Tribunals Web Archive Launched

“International tribunals have been around for some time, but the creation of international courts and tribunals to deal with international crimes is a relatively recent occurrence, with the first international criminal tribunal established just after World War II. The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law defines “international courts and tribunals” as ”permanent judicial bodies made up of independent… Continue Reading

Millennials are most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries

Millennials in America are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult generation. “A new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data from fall 2016 finds that 53% of Millennials (those ages 18 to 35 at the time) say they used a library or bookmobile in the… Continue Reading

Librarian highlights open access document discovery services

Getting serious about open access discovery — Is open access getting too big to ignore? – “…Still for whatever reason, suddenly services built around helping users find free full text began to emerge all at the same time..” Continue Reading

NYT – The Hidden Treasures in Italian Libraries

David Laskin – “Why go to the library in Italy when all around you there is fantastic art, exalted architecture, deep history, and intensely passionate people? Because, as I discovered in the course of a rushed but illuminating week dashing from Venice to Rome, Florence, and Milan, the country’s historic libraries contain all of those… Continue Reading

Google has thousands of bird sounds visualized using AI

“Google has had thousands of bird sounds visualized using AI. Background. “Bird sounds vary widely. This experiment uses machine learning to organize thousands of bird sounds. The computer wasn’t given tags or the birds’ names – only the audio. Using a technique called t-SNE, the computer created this map, where similar sounds are placed closer… Continue Reading