November 24, 2017

ARL Salary Survey: U.S. Academic Librarians’ Salaries Up 1.5 Percent

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) released its annual salary survey today which showed academic librarians’ salaries in 2010-2011 increased 1.5 percent in the United States and two percent in Canada. In its ARL Annual Salary Survey 2010-2011, the organization reports that the median salary for U.S. ARL university libraries in 2010-2011 was $65,000, up […]

Product Watch: Reference Management Tools

Reference management software—which allows researchers to collect bibliographic references quickly, properly cite and organize them, often share them with others, and more—has become an integral part of the research process for many graduate students. Such software is used by millions in libraries around the world. In this installment of Product Watch, LJ looks at five popular tools in use right now.

Nine "Beta Sprint" Proposals To Be Featured at Digital Public Library of America Meeting

The steering committee for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today that it has invited the creators of nine project proposals to present their work at the DPLA’s upcoming plenary meeting, scheduled for October 21 in Washington, DC (which LJ will be attending and covering). The proposals were submitted as part of the […]

Credo and Crowley Announce New Hires

Two companies that offer different services to the library community—online reference library company Credo Reference and scanning equipment maker and service provider The Crowley Company—announced new personnel this week. Credo Reference reported that John Shawler will be the new solutions analyst in the company’s Boston office, working directly with Credo Reference libraries. He holds a […]

Uni Project's Portable Reading Room To Appear at Brooklyn Book Festival

On September 11, the Uni Project put up its portable, open-air reading room at New Amsterdam Market in lower Manhattan. It was the first time the experimental modular structure had been put into service in public. (A Flickr slideshow is available here.) The Uni Project is funded by an MIT HASS grant and $20,000 in […]

Goodreads Launches Book Recommendation Feature

Goodreads, the largest social networking site for readers, launched its new recommendation engine today, which draws on ratings made by its nearly six million members on the 190 million books in its database. In March 2011, Goodreads bought the smaller site Discovereads to obtain its recommendation algorithm, which forms the basis of Goodreads’ recommendation engine. […]

Library Copyright Alliance Releases Statement on Authors Guild-HathiTrust Lawsuit

The Library Copyright Alliance, which includes the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College & Research Libraries, released a statement [PDF] today on the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by the Authors Guild and others against the HathiTrust digital repository and five universities. Here is the statement, in full: We […]

WSJ: Amazon To Roll Out Netflix-like Ebook Lending Service?

According to a Wall Street Journal report yesterday sourcing “people familiar with the matter,” Amazon, maker of the Kindle ereader, is currently in talks with publishers about a potential Netflix-like model for ebooks. Via the model subscribers could access a “digital-book library” of ebooks as part of a $79 annual Amazon Prime membership. According to […]

Is Babar an Orphan?

The University of Michigan (UM) Library is currently researching whether digitized works it has stored in the HathiTrust digital repository are orphans—works that are in-copyright but for which rights holders cannot be found. (Several other university libraries, including those of the University of California, Duke, Emory, Cornell, and Johns Hopkins, joined the orphan works project […]

Internet Archive Launches Site Dedicated to 9/11 TV News Coverage

With the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks just around the corner, the Internet Archive (IA) has launched “Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive,” a website featuring a wide selection of archived television programming from that fateful day and its aftermath. The collection of DVD-quality video footage starts at 8 a.m. EDT […]