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A New Learning Product for Libraries

LinkedIn: “We know our world has changed dramatically over the past few weeks, with many libraries temporarily closing in response to the Coronavirus. We are committed to providing uninterrupted service of Lynda.com during this time to ensure patrons have access to learning courses to build and develop their skills. We also wanted to thank you for your patience as we worked through the plans for your transition from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning. We’re excited to share that after continued discussions with the library community over the past few months, we’re taking the first steps toward building a new library product that’s dedicated to serving the needs of our library customers and their patrons. We are building a product that gives libraries and their patrons access to our complete catalogue of over 15,500 courses in seven languages while honoring our commitment to privacy and confidentiality. This includes the ability for patrons to use LinkedIn Learning without having a LinkedIn profile, which was a key ask from our library customers and the American Library Association. Patrons will only need to provide their library card number and PIN to login…” [Although not recent news, it was new to me.]

Story Line is The New York Public Library’s new dial-a-story service

NYPL – “Starting Monday, January 11, you can call 917-ASK-NYPL (917-275-6975) and select option 6# to hear a children’s book performed by one of our talented librarians. A new story will be made available every week in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. Ways to Listen Call 917-ASK-NYPL (917-275-6975) and select option 6# Listen online or on… Continue Reading

New Guide to Help Middle and High School Students Conduct Research with Library Resources

Teaching with the Library of Congress – This post is by Kaleena Black of the Library of Congress. “The research process can be fun and rewarding, but it can also present some challenges. For some students, the idea of research might not immediately bring to mind an exciting activity, filled with intrigue, suspense, and joy.… Continue Reading

Quintessential of Hybrid Legal Library: A Case Analysis of Miyetti Law Library

Anyim, Wisdom O., Quintessential of Hybrid Legal Library: A Case Analysis of Miyetti Law Library (2019). Electronic Research Journal of Engineering, Computer and Applied Sciences, Volume 1 (2019) Posted: 5 Dec 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3735633 “The paper attempts to discuss the fast development of Information Technology and its application in the legal library services… Continue Reading

Advanced Searches Using Legislative Action Codes on Congress.gov

In Custodia Legis: “The following is a guest post by senior legal reference librarian Beth Osborne. Recently, one of my colleagues from the blog team asked me if I knew of any “hidden treasures” at the Law Library of Congress that I wanted to mention in her recent post. Of course, I realized she was… Continue Reading

Every month the archival institutions of this nation unleash tiny particles of the past in a frenzy of online revelry

The New York Times – “The hashtag parties are the handiwork of a small group of employees at the National Archives. Their aims are twofold: to draw public attention to the holdings of the National Archives, and to refract that attention widely, across a community of like-minded organizations, which can themselves refract it on. “A… Continue Reading

EveryLibrary Calls on State and Local Health Officials to Prioritize Librarians and Library Workers in Vaccination Plans

EveryLibrary: “Librarians and library workers in public libraries and academic libraries are essential and should be included in state and local Phase 1b or Phase 1c vaccine distribution plans to protect staff and minimize risk to patrons and users. School librarians are included in plans for the education community and should continue to be prioritized.  EveryLibrary… Continue Reading

Sci-Hub: Scientists, Academics, Teachers & Students Protest Blocking Lawsuit

TorrentFreak: “Following in the footsteps of the entertainment industries, publishers are increasingly trying to have pirate sites shut down or blocked to prevent the unlicensed spread of academic and scientific papers. Their main targets are Sci-Hub (‘The Pirate Bay of Science’) and Libgen (Library Genesis), platforms with a key aim of distributing such papers freely… Continue Reading

Google launches Question Hub for US publishers

Search Engine Land:  “Google Question Hub, accessible at questionhub.withgoogle.com, is now open for US-based publishers to sign up for. In 2018, Google launched Question Hub in regions where the company found it did not have enough content in its search index to answer searchers’ questions. Google then started showing this box to searchers last year… Continue Reading

End of Term Presidential Harvest 2020

“The Library of Congress, Internet Archive, University of North Texas Libraries, George Washington University Libraries, Stanford University Libraries, EDGI, and the U.S. Government Publishing Office have joined together for a collaborative project to preserve public United States Government web sites at the end of the current presidential administration ending January 20, 2021. This harvest is… Continue Reading