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New on LLRX – The State of Law Library eBooks 2017-18 Part Two: Brass Tacks

Via LLRX – The State of Law Library eBooks 2017-18 Part Two: Brass Tacks – Ellyssa Kroski discusses the range of eBook pricing models that are currently available along with the pros and cons respective to each. Kroski’s article also addresses other critical issues relevant to managing subscription-based, patron-driven acquisitions, short term loans, access-to-own, as… Continue Reading

Libraries inspire their communities through green inititatives

Via American Libraries Magazine: “Michigan State University (MSU) Library Environmental Committee (LEC). LEC supports an impressive array of eco-initiatives, including diversion—the rate at which material is removed from the waste stream through recycling, composting, or reuse. MSU Libraries surpassed a campuswide goal for a 70% diversion rate by 2017. By comparison, nationwide, less than 35%… Continue Reading

GPO Audit on FDPL

Additional Information Needed for Ensuring Availability of Government Information Through the Federal Depository Library Program, US Government Publishing Office, Office of Inspector General Audit Report Number 18-01. October 12, 2017. “Congress established the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) to provide free public access to Federal Government information. Creation, distribution, retention, and preservation of information has… Continue Reading

Library of Congress digitized collection of Alexander Hamilton papers

“The papers of Alexander Hamilton (ca. 1757-1804), first treasury secretary of the United States, consist of his personal and public correspondence, drafts of his writings (although not his Federalist essays), and correspondence among members of the Hamilton and Schuyler families. The collection, consisting of approximately 12,000 items dating from 1708 to 1917, documents Hamilton’s impoverished… Continue Reading

StoryCorps Archive speaks in the voices of 400,000 people

“The StoryCorps Archive comprises one of the largest collections of human voices, featuring more than 400,000 individuals sharing their stories. In our beta launch, only interviews recorded using the StoryCorps App are searchable on this site. All interviews are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.” Continue Reading

Occupational Outlook Handbook Updated October 2017

“The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.” Updated October 24, 2017. Contrary to news and prevailing sentiment: “Employment of librarians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations [emphasis added]. Communities… Continue Reading

LC New Online: A Digital Treasure Trove of Rare Books

“The collections housed in The Rare Book and Special Collections Division amount to nearly 800,000 books, encompassing nearly all eras and subjects maintained in well over 100 separate collections. All of these collections offer scholarly documentation about the western and American traditions of life and learning. The Division’s collection of nearly 5,700 incunabula (fifteenth-century imprints)… Continue Reading

AALL Legal Website of the Month

AALL Legal Website of the Month – Includes titles, links and abstracts for sites in the US and around the world, with sources that include: Congress, NGOs, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, professional library associations, reports published by non-profit organizations focused on legal issues including immigration, sentencing and civil rights, reports and research… Continue Reading

Research Information Management: Defining RIM and the Library’s Role

Research Information Management: Defining RIM and the Library’s Role, by Rebecca Bryant, Anna Clements, Carol Feltes, David Groenewegen, Simon Huggard, Holly Mercer, Roxanne Missingham, Maliaca Oxnam, Anne Rauh, and John Wright. “Research information management (RIM) is the aggregation, curation, and utilization of information about research and is emerging as an area of increasing interest and… Continue Reading

Research – The enduring power of print for learning in a digital world

The Conversation: “Today’s students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers. Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We’ve seen more investment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads and access… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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

Via LLRX.com – 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