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Future of 600,000 books being culled by National Library

1 News New Zealand: “I think it’s a really exciting opportunity because it means that we’re maintaining access to these books and it hasn’t cost the New Zealand taxpayer money, that it’s actually improved access not just for us but globally,” Te Pouhuaki national librarian Rachel Esson told 1 NEWS. The books are overseas publications with an average publication date of 1965-1969 and are rarely accessed, a press release stated. The Internet Archive has agreed to have the collection available for people around the world to borrow digitally within two years and is paying for packaging, transport and digitisation costs. “We hope that it will be within a year that we will have sent those off,” Esson said. The collection will be transported to the Philippines to be digitised before the books are stored for the long-term in the Internet Archive’s physical facility in the United States…”

National Archives Seeks to Revamp How Presidential Library Archives Social Media

NextGov: “The National Archives and Records Administration is looking to industry for ideas around how it might improve the way it collects and archives social media data from presidential administrations. NARA laid out its tentative plans in a request for information July 14. Through the RFI, NARA seeks information from companies “capable and interested in… Continue Reading

Library of Congress Looks to AI to Help Users Sift Through Its Collection

WSJ [paywall] – “America’s oldest federal cultural institution is experimenting with neural networks to help users search through some of its millions of digitized documents. The Library of Congress expects that artificial intelligence can help people search through its troves of digital information to glean new insights about the U.S.’s history. To that end, America’s… Continue Reading

Navigating the National Archives Catalog

“Did you know the National Archives Catalog contains over 140 million pages of digitized historical records and more than 27 million descriptions of the records in our holdings? And new pages and descriptions are being added to the Catalog each week! With so much information and material available to search, we are excited to share… Continue Reading

A knowledge-centered framework for exploration and retrieval of legal documents

Information Systems, Available online 7 July 2021, 101842. Silvana Castano, Mattia Falduti, Alfio Ferrara, Stefano Montanelli. “Automated legal knowledge extraction systems are strongly demanded, to support annotation of legal documents as well as knowledge extraction from them, to provide useful and relevant suggestions to legal actors (e.g., judges, lawyers) for managing incoming new cases. In… Continue Reading

A New Tool Shows How Google Results Vary Around the World

Wired: “Google’s claim to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” has earned it an aura of objectivity. Its dominance in search, and the disappearance of most competitors, make its lists of links appear still more canonical. An experimental new interface for Google Search aims to remove that mantle of neutrality.… Continue Reading

How to delete books from Kindle

Mashable: “If you’re running out of storage on your Kindle or if your Kindle is becoming overrun with past reads, you might want to clean up your storage. Kindle is Amazon’s e-book service where you can access books you bought through Amazon, as well as e-books checked out from the library. Kindle is both a… Continue Reading

Beyond Goodreads: Four tools that help readers track their books

Washington Post – “Serious readers, much like sports fans, often relish keeping track of stats. Many turn to Goodreads, a large social cataloguing website that allows users to log, discuss, review and rate the books they read. (Goodreads is owned by Amazon, whose founder, Jeff Bezos, owns The Washington Post.) But increasingly, there are websites… Continue Reading