November 21, 2017

Archives for December 2013

Scientific Data Lost to Poor Archiving

Hundreds of new pieces of scientific research are published every month, in fields from physics to biology. While the studies themselves are assiduously archived by publishers, the underlying data researchers analyze to come to their published conclusions can be another story. A recent study in the journal Current Biology found that the data that forms the backbone of those studies becomes less and less accessible to researchers over the years. That lack of archiving, says University of British Columbia zoologist Tim Vines, represents a missed opportunity for the scientific community as a whole.

Copyright: Author’s Guild Files Notice of Appeal re: Google Decision

The Author’s Guild said they would appeal the decision soon after it was announced on November 14, 2013.  On December 23, they filed notice of the appeal with the U.S. District Court, Southern District Of New York. From Publishers Weekly: In a filing with the district court, the Authors Guild gave notice that it is appealing Judge […]

Library Design: DC Public Library Names Final Three Architect Teams for MLK Library

From the DC Public Library “Beyond Words” e-Newsletter: DC Public Library selects Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross/Krueck + Sexton; Mencanoo/Martinez + Johnson Architecture; and STUDIOS Architecture/The Freelon Group as the three design team finalists for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation. The three finalists will create two preliminary design ideas; one as a stand-alone […]

Copyright: U.S. Judge Rules Sherlock Holmes in Public Domain

From The Wall St. Journal: In a ruling Friday, chief judge Ruben Castillo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois found that four novels and 46 short stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle about the temperamental detective were in the public domain and could be freely re-interpreted by anyone wanting to […]

Reading a Novel Changes the Brain, Study Shows

Reading a novel appears to produce quantifiable changes in brain activity, according to an Emory University study published this month in the journal Brain Connectivity.

Science Reference: New York Botanical Garden Digitizes Biodiversity History

From Popular Science: There’s a trove of biodiversity information out there, but much of it is locked in natural history collections. To make all this plant data more accessible, the New York Botanical Garden—one of the four largest herbariums in the word—is turning its more than 7.3 million specimens into a browsable digital database. [Clip] The digitizing […]

Many Public Libraries in Georgia to See Reduction in Funding

From The Daily Tribune News (Cartersville, GA): Beginning July 2014, the Bartow County Library System, along with two dozen other library systems across the state, will see a reduction in its local funding formula based on recommendations from the Georgia Public Library Service under its board of regents. For Bartow, this means a projected loss […]

A Broken System: Nobel Winner Randy Schekman Talks Impact Factor and How To Fix Publishing

Just before he accepted a Nobel Prize in December for his work exploring how cells regulate and transport proteins, UC Berkeley professor Randy Schekman penned an indictment in the pages of UK newspaper The Guardian criticizing the role of what he calls the “luxury journals” – NatureCell, and Science in particular – for damaging science by promoting flashy or controversial papers over careful scientific research. Library Journal spoke with Schekman, who also edits the open-access journal eLife, about what he sees wrong with academic publishing today, and how it can be fixed.

Report from Harvard’s Library Test Kitchen 2013 Open House

Note: We’ve shared a few items about the “Library Test Kitchen” (an advanced seminar at the Harvard Graduate School of Design) earlier this year and also about one year ago. Links to these posts are found at the bottom of this post. The following report provides a look at some of the student projects that were featured […]

Report from Pennsylvania: Public Libraries Doubling as Unofficial Day Cares

From The Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh):

“In our community, there is a need for the library to serve as a safe place for kids that aren’t with their parents in the after-school hours or during day hours in the summer,” said Anita Greene-Jones, director at the library in Braddock, where census numbers show 60 percent of families with children living below the poverty level.