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Category Archives: Libraries

New curated book site offers readers first page free

This is not Google Books folks – this is fyi, not an endorsement – “Read the first page of a book without judging the cover. If you’re hooked, click the reveal button and find out more. Your suggestions are welcome! If you would like to suggest a book for the website, please email me at… Continue Reading

Harvard Obtains Continued support for the Caselaw Access Project

Et Seq – The blog of the Harvard Law School Library: “Harvard Law School launched the Caselaw Access Project in 2015 to digitize the Harvard Law School Library’s complete collection of U.S. case law and to make the materials in that collection available online for free. We’ve been able to undertake this ambitious project —… Continue Reading

EFF Sues DOJ For Records on Procedures for Ending National Security Letter Gag Orders

EFF news release:  “The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the Justice Department today to obtain records that can shed light on whether the FBI is complying with a Congressional mandate that it periodically review and lift National Security Letter (NSL) gag orders that are no longer needed. The FBI has issued as many as 500,000… Continue Reading

Sjoerd Koopman Library Postcard Collection

“The Sjoerd Koopman Library Postcard Collection includes pictorial and photographic postcards of libraries all over the world. The ALA Archives holds digital copies of approximately 1,000 cards from this collection depicting libraries throughout the United States; several hundred of these are also available as physical objects. Subjects include public libraries, private libraries, academic libraries, library… Continue Reading

OCLC and Wikipedia Library link citations to millions of library materials

News release: “OCLC and the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Library are working together to make it easy for editors to link citations in Wikipedia to millions of library materials represented in WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive database of information about library collections. References and reliable sources help Wikipedia editors verify facts included in articles. They also… Continue Reading

Brandon Garrett and UVA Law Library Expand Online Database to 3,000 Documents

UVA news release by Eric Williamson: “A recently expanded database offering the world’s largest collection of legal documents related to corporate crime is launching today at the University of Virginia School of Law. The database, called the Corporate Prosecution Registry, allows researchers to view more than 3,000 decision documents, many of them previously hard to… Continue Reading

Lines of Spines – What is a library?

Tim Gorichanaz: “…But libraries are still important, and that’s because they are not fundamentally storehouses for books — despite the name and our longstanding cultural assumptions. We can begin to see this in the example of Kafka on the Shore, if we look beyond the surface. It’s not just that Kafka wound up in the… Continue Reading

LC New Finding Aid: Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Resources

New Finding Aid: Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Resources, This is a guest post by Andrew Gaudio, reference librarian and classics, medieval studies and linguistics specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. “The Library of Congress collects materials on most subjects, excluding agriculture and medicine. In a collection of over 160 million items, finding what you… Continue Reading

OCLC partners with publishers to make content discoverable through libraries

Dublin Ohio, 31 May 2017 – OCLC has signed agreements with distinguished publishers from around the world to add metadata for high quality books, e-books, journals, databases and other materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery. “OCLC continues to partner with international content providers on behalf of our members to ensure discovery… Continue Reading

Stanford’s David Ramsey Map Collection Database and Blog

“Welcome to the David Rumsey Map Collection Database and Blog. The Map Database has many viewers and the Blog has numerous categories. The physical map collection is housed in the David Rumsey Map Center at the Stanford University Library. The historical map collection has over 76,000 maps and images online. The collection includes rare 16th through… Continue Reading

Public library in Philadelphia regularly responds to heroin overdoses

The sudden surge and huge impact of heroin addiction in America is described through the experiences of our colleagues in this article via – For these Philly librarians, drug tourists and overdose drills are part of the job. Continue Reading

House Votes to Give Some Powers of Librarian of Congress to Donald Trump

BOOKRIOT: “Dr. Carla Hayden, the current and 14th Librarian of Congress, is many things: a brilliant scholar, a forty year veteran of libraries, a defender of equal access, a former president of the American Library Association (ALA), and a rescuer of baby ducks. She is also the first African American and the first woman to hold… Continue Reading